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Rock News: Music's high and low notes

By JOHN SWENSON, United Press International   |   July 10, 2002 at 3:00 AM   |   Comments

ROCKERS LINE UP FOR WHITE TRIBUTE

James Taylor, Sheryl Crow, John Mellencamp and Don Henley all have signed on for a planned memorial concert for Billboard Editor in Chief Tim White, who died of a heart attack at age 50 on June 27.

The concert will be a benefit for White's family. He is survived by his wife, Judy Grarlan White, and 10-year-old twin sons Alexander and Christopher.

Some of the proceeds also will go to a number of charities supported by White, including autism-related organizations and the United Negro College Fund.

"I know that Timothy stood for so many things and it would mean so much to him to know that people loved him so much and wanted to be there for his folk," Crow said. "I think he would get a kick out of a show and in a way, I think he'll be there."

A fund for the continuing education of Christopher and Alexander White has been established. Donations may be made to Judy Garlan White, c/o Ipswich Bay Financial Group, 55 Market St., Ste. 208, Ipswich, Mass., 01938. In addition, a foundation will be established to benefit a number of White's favorite charities.


EDDIE AND VALERIE MAKE IT OFFICIAL

Rock guitar hero Eddie Van Halen and actress Valerie Bertinelli have officially broken up after 21 years together, according to Us Weekly.

"Because they are the parents of a young son, they have requested that their family's privacy be respected at this time," a representative told the magazine.

Van Halen, 47, and Bertinelli, 42, were rumored to be on the rocks for some time.


THE WIZARD OF OZ TAKES MEAT LOAF DEEP

Rocker Meat Loaf was one of the biggest stars on hand for the celebrity All Star softball game held Sunday in Milwaukee.

Wearing the name LOAF and the number 00 of the back of his New York Yankees jersey, the porcine hurler had a rough time on the mound, giving up a homer to former major league star Ozzie Smith.


CAMP BUZZ FESTIVAL SET FOR CINCY SUBURBS

Camp Buzz, one of Ohio's largest outdoor rock music festivals, will bring 20 bands and an undetermined number of fans to Oxford for two nights of music and camping July 19 and 20 at Camp America.

Deep Banana Blackout, Mike Clark, Jacob Fred's Jazz Odyssey and Cincinnati's own Ray's Music Exchange top the ninth edition lineup, representing a wide range of musical styles. The rest of the bands are: The Fareed Haque Group, Oucho Sparks, K-Floor, Guest, Next Tribe, Patiokings, Mofro, Grasshopper Pie, Halias, Green Genes, 1000 Vertical Feet, 4 Ohms, Mobile Chicken Party Unit, Spookie Daly Pride, Da Lemmings Onsombol and Trustees of Modern Chemistry.

Located near Hueston Woods State Park about 25 miles north of Cincinnati, Camp America's 30 acres of open fields will start buzzing at 3:30 p.m. Friday, with Saturday's lineup running from noon to 1 a.m.


MARIAH CAREY MOURNS DAD

Pop singer Mariah Carey suspended work on her new album for Universal to be with her father, Alfred, who died of cancer on July 4 in New York.

"She's grateful that she had a chance to spend these weeks with him," Carey's representative told the New York Daily News.

Alfred and his wife, Patricia, divorced in 1973 when Mariah was 3 years old. Carey returned to the Italian island of Capri Sunday to resume work on the album


JUSTIN ADAMS HITS THE ROAD WITH PLANT

Guitarist Justin Adams, hailed as Britain's answer to Ry Cooder, will be featured as part of the upcoming Robert Plant U.S. tour, which kicks off July 20.

After growing up in the Middle East and playing the guitar around the globe for 20 years, Adams retreated to his bedroom and conjured images of Tuareg wanderers, ancient Gnawa slaves, and solitary nomads crossing the Sahara and Gobi deserts on his new album, "Desert Road."

Adams has worked with Sinead O'Connor, Natacha Atlas, Brian Eno, Peter Gabriel, Billy Bragg and U-Cef as well as Plant.

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