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Weezer, Crow Rock for Their Rights

Artists Coalition to stage benefit shows before Grammy ceremony

December 20, 2001 12:00 AM ET

Weezer, the Dixie Chicks and Elton John are among the artists who will stage benefit shows during Grammy week in Los Angeles, to finance the Recording Artists Coalition. The organization was spearheaded by Don Henley and Sheryl Crow, who will also perform, to assist artists seeking better deals with major record labels.

The Coalition is in the process of staging five shows, and possibly more, in the Los Angeles area -- at venues including the Forum in Englewood, the Long Beach Arena, the Universal Amphitheater and the Los Angeles Sports Arena -- on February 26th, the day before the forty-fourth annual Grammy Awards.

Billy Joel, Stevie Nicks, the Offspring, No Doubt and Ozzy Osbourne will also perform, and additional artists and shows will be announced in the coming weeks.

The Recording Artist Coalition is in the process of lobbying the California legislature and Congress to review industry practices that artists deem coercive and unfair. Specifically the organization is seeking to repeal the California State Labor Code amendment which made music industry contracts exempt from the "Seven Year Statute," limiting personal service contracts to a maximum of seven years.

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