Rock Acts Plug In For Katrina Benefits

The Used, Taking Back Sunday, Bad Religion and Rise Against are among the hard-hitting punk and rock acts confirmed for "Unite the United," an all-star concert event to benefit victims of Hurricane Ka

The Used, Taking Back Sunday, Bad Religion and Rise Against are among the hard-hitting punk and rock acts confirmed for "Unite the United," an all-star concert event to benefit victims of Hurricane Katrina.

To be held Oct. 8 at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Irvine, Calif., the all-day show will be presented by the organizers of the Warped and Taste of Chaos festival tours. Hoobastank, Disturbed, Pennywise, MxPx and Sugarcult are also on the bill.

"Whether the color of your skin is black, white, yellow, brown or purple -- the extent of this tragedy is so incredibly devastating that we had to do something," Used frontman Bert McCracken writes in a post on the Taste of Chaos Web site.

According to Rise Against's Web site, Unite the United will also feature the Bled, Cinderella, Hepcat, Anti-Flag, Eighteen Visions, Hatebreed, the Dan Band and Go Betty Go. Tickets will cost $25 and are expected to be available shortly.

Meanwhile, Death Cab For Cutie will play a Sept. 21 benefit for victims of Hurricane Katrina at the Showbox in Seattle. Tickets go on sale tomorrow (Sept. 9) for the club gig, which will also feature Harvey Danger and other acts to be announced. As previously reported, Death Cab will begin a fall North American tour Oct. 3-4 in Vancouver.

The group's Atlantic debut, "Plans," debuted yesterday at a career-best No. 4 on The Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 90,000 copies. First single "Soul Meets Body" jumps 39-35 this week on Billboard's Modern Rock airplay chart.
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