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News on Junos, Beasties, Tsunami Show, Sexton

NeilRock legend Neil Young will give a rare awards show performance at Canada's Juno Awards, to be held April 3 at the MTS Center in Winnipeg. Young was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1982 and has earned three Juno awards during his nearly 40-year career.

Also set to appear perform is 2005 Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductees the Tragically Hip. Nominations will be announced Feb. 7 for the Junos, which will air live nationwide on the CTV network.

In related news, Young has recently logged time at Shangri-La Studios in Los Angeles. A spokesperson had no details on the nature of the sessions, which are thought to be yielding Young's follow-up to the 2003 Reprise album "Greendale."

-- Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter

BeastThe Beastie Boys will be seen and heard in the forthcoming PlayStation2/Game Cube/Xbox title "NBA Street V3," due Feb. 9 from Electronic Arts. Digitized versions of each member of the veteran rap trio will appear as unlockable characters in the game, meaning they are added into the playing options as bonuses once gamers have achieved certain goals.

Mike D, MCA and Adrock sport New York Knicks gear in the game and each has individual that affect game play depending on the mode.

The in-game soundtrack will sport "An Open Letter to NYC," a cut from the Beasties' latest studio set, "To the 5 Boroughs" (Capitol). They headline a track listing that includes cuts from De La Soul, House Of Pain, MC Lyte, Elephant Man and Guerilla Black.

-- Chris Marlowe, The Hollywood Reporter

BaconFormer Men At Work frontman Colin Hay, the Bacon Brothers and Duncan Sheik are among the artists who will play Music Heals, a New York concert to benefit victims of last month's earthquake and tsunami in the Indian Ocean. Organized by Gotham promoter Metropolitan Talent Presents and the Canal Room nightclub, the Feb. 22 show will also feature PM Dawn, Lucy Woodward and Brett Dennan, with more artists to be announced.

American Red Cross will be the recipient of 100% of ticket sales, as well as all profits from bar sales that night. Tickets go on sale Friday (Jan. 28) via Ticketmaster and the Canal Room box office.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

CharlieGuitar slinger Charlie Sexton will release his first solo album in 10 years in July as the first fruit of a multi-album deal with Narada's Back Porch Records. Described as "contemplative and gritty" by the label, the set will be supported by an extensive tour. Sexton plans to debut material from the set in March during the South by Southwest music conference in his hometown, Austin, Texas.

Often described as a musical prodigy, Sexton was just 16 years old when MCA released his debut album, 1985's "Pictures for Pleasure," and scored a hit with the single "Beat's So Lonely," which reached No. 17 on Billboard's Hot 100. A self-titled solo set followed in 1989, as did a mid-'90s stint in the Arc Angels and a turn as leader of the Charlie Sexton Sextet.

He's also become an in-demand guitarist, playing with the likes of Bob Dylan, Don Henley, Ron Wood, Lucinda Williams, Edie Brickell and Double Trouble.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.