'Breathe' Benefit Downsized
This weekend's Breathe breast cancer benefit concert has been moved from Los Angeles' 8,500-capacity Greek Theatre to the more intimate 2,300-capacity Wiltern Theatre. Organizers cite less support thaThis weekend's Breathe breast cancer benefit concert has been moved from Los Angeles' 8,500-capacity Greek Theatre to the more intimate 2,300-capacity Wiltern Theatre. Organizers cite less support than originally expected, owing largely to the number of fundraising efforts in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the U.S.
"In light of recent tragic events, philanthropic efforts have been refocused to other immediate causes and therefore, a smaller venue is better suited for the show at this time," organizer the Step Up Women's Network said in a statement. "The producers are confident that the Wiltern will be an extraordinary venue for this concert and will allow the audience to experience the eclectic musical collaborations in a more intimate and personal setting."
As previously reported, Saturday's (Oct. 27) benefit will feature performances by Third Eye Blind (whose singer Stephan Jenkins is serving as the event's musical director), Lil' Kim, Sugar Ray, Seal, Nikka Costa, the Deftones, Crazy Town, Liz Phair, Jurassic 5, Julia Fordham, and Remy Zero. The bill was also to include Aaliyah, who was killed in a tragic plane crash in August.
Proceeds from the Breathe concert will benefit the UCLA Breast Center and the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Breast Cancer Examination Center of Harlem.