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Rock News: Music's high and low notes

By PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International   |   Nov. 28, 2001 at 6:15 AM   |   Comments

NOBEL PEACE PRIZE 100TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT

Paul McCartney, Destiny's Child, Natalie Imbruglia, Wyclef Jean and the pop group A-ha are among the artists who'll perform at the "The Nobel Peace Prize 100th Anniversary Concert," hosted by actors Meryl Streep and Liam Neeson.

The annual concert, which is broadcast globally to approximately 500 million households, is a musical tribute to the year's Nobel Peace Prize winner. The two-hour U.S. broadcast will premiere on TRIO on Dec. 16 (at 8 p.m. ET). An edited one-hour encore performance will air on TRIO's sister network, USA Network, on Dec. 21 (at 3 p.m. ET/PT).

The Nobel Peace Prize 100th Anniversary Concert honors this year's Nobel Peace Prize laureate, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and the United Nations. Annan is scheduled to attend the concert, which will be filmed Dec. 11 at the Oslo Spektrum in Oslo, Norway.

(Web sites: usanetwork.com, triotv.com)


STARS LINE UP FOR 'SNL' DECEMBER SHOWS

NBC has announced that New York Yankees All-Star shortstop Derek Jeter, rock legend Mick Jagger and Ellen DeGeneres will appear on "Saturday Night Live" during December.

Jeter will host the Dec. 1 show, joining Michael Jordan, Joe Montana, Wayne Gretzky and Chris Evert on the list of sports superstars who have hosted the long-running sketch-comedy series. Jeter will have two musical guests -- Latin music star Shakira and southern rapper Bubba Sparxxx.

Jagger shows up on the Dec. 8 show, which will also feature "X-Men" and "Swordfish" star Hugh Jackman. Jagger's appearance is part of an extensive promotional campaign in support of his new solo album, "Goddess in the Doorway."

DeGeneres will host the show on Dec. 15, with musical guest No Doubt. DeGeneres is still enjoying good buzz from her turn as host of the Emmy Awards telecast on Nov. 4, and No Doubt is currently opening for U2 on tour and promoting their new studio album, "Rock Steady."

(Thanks to UPI Hollywood Reporter Pat Nason)


VHI 'SAVE THE MUSIC' HOLIDAY AUCTION

The Goo Goo Dolls' Johnny Rzeznik's 1967 Pontiac GTO, dinner with MC Hammer, and a harmonica from Mick Jagger are among the items being put on the block for the VH1 Save The Music Holiday Auction at VH1.com and eBay.

The auction kicks off this Sunday -- the same day that "My VH1 Music Awards '01" airs live on VH1 from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles (at 9 p.m. ET/PT) -- and will conclude Dec. 17. All proceeds will benefit the VH1 Save The Music Foundation.

Items from the "My VH1 Music Awards" include a limited-edition poster autographed by the show's performers, a limited edition drum head again autographed by the performers, an actual "My VH1 Music Awards" award, Sting's Fender bass guitar, and a limited edition hand-painted Fender Custom Shop American Flag Stratocaster signed by all performers.

Other items include a Lenny Kravitz Coffee Table Book to be personalized for the winning bidder; guitars autographed by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, The Who, Aerosmith and Sugar Ray; an Everclear logo and autographed snow board; Kid Rock's platinum album; Shania Twain's dress from her CBS-TV special; an Entertainment Weekly magazine cover featuring Christina Aguilera, mounted, framed and autographed; and a Metallica autographed Remo drum head.


ELVIS

The King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley, was inducted into the Gospel Music Association's Gospel Music Hall of Fame in a ceremony Tuesday. The ceremony -- hosted by the Oak Ridge Boys -- was held at the First Baptist Church in Franklin, Tenn.

The honor makes Presley the only artist to be a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.

(Thanks to Opryland USA)

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