Comedian/actor Drew Carey will host this weekend's two Volunteers for America classic rock benefit concerts for Sept. 11 relief efforts. The first takes place tomorrow (Oct. 20) at Atlanta's HiFi Buys Amphitheatre, and will feature Lynyrd Skynyrd, Styx, Journey, Bad Company, REO Speedwagon, Grand Funk Railroad's Mark Farner, John Waite, and Edgar Winter. While Skynryd won't be on the bill for Sunday's show at the Smirnoff Music Center in Dallas , the show adds performances by Peter Frampton, Kansas, Eddie Money, Survivor, and Jack Blades (Night Ranger/Damn Yankees). Both shows will feature a backing band with Greg Morrow (drums), Joe Stark (guitar), Buck Johnston (keyboards), and Kyle Henderson (bass). Along with individual performances, the shows promise "patriotic opening ceremonies," ensemble finales, and autograph signing sessions. Proceeds will benefit the American Red Cross, New York firefighters and police, and the families of victims of the terrorist attacks on the U.S.
Rapper Lil Troy will issue his latest solo album, "Back to Ballin'," Tuesday (Oct. 23) via Short Stop Records/Koch Entertainment Label Alliance (KELA). The release is the first under a new deal with the KELA that will see albums by several Short Stop artists released through the label in the coming months. The follow-up to Troy's 1999 Uptown/Universal album "Sittin' Fat Down South," "Back to Ballin'" features all of the artists on the Short Stop roster, including T2 and Pose A Threat. Among the producers who worked on the set are Mr. Mixx (2 Live Crew), Swift (Scarface), and the Coughee Brothers (Scarface, Devin the Dude). Also in the offing is a "Back to Ballin'" film, the follow-up to Lil' Troy's first independent movie, "Wanna Be a Baller." That film was shot prior to the artist serving out his latest jail sentence (his third), and edited upon his release last year. The film was shown on BET Action Pay-Per-View, and is now out on video. The Texas native will make a trio of appearances in his home state next week to promote the release of "Back to Ballin'." The first stop will be on Tuesday at Houston's Soundwaves (9499 S. Main St.), followed the next day with a visit to Austin's Musicmania (3909D N. Highway 35), and on Thursday at a Dallas Wherehouse location (3936 S. Polk)