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In a nationally televised performance, Creed helped launch The Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign during halftime of Thursday's Dallas Cowboys football game.


Produced by the Dallas Cowboys for the fifth consecutive season, the half-time extravaganza raised awareness about The Salvation Army's services and encouraged Americans to continue helping the great number of people in need throughout the nation this year.

Creed performed a medley of songs, including their new single "My Sacrifice." During the show, the Dallas Cowboys and Salvation Army officers made the first donations of the season into the red kettles at Texas Stadium.

"The Salvation Army does so much to help those in need, and has been such an important part of the relief efforts since Sept. 11, that it was a real honor to perform for America today," said Creed's lead singer Scott Stapp. "I'm a lifelong Dallas Cowboys fan, so it was even more special to be a part of this holiday tradition and at the same time, remind people how important it is to continue to help their fellow Americans."


Jimmie Vaughan may be the most underrated guitarist in rock history. A master of the electric guitar, Vaughan was overshadowed in popularity by his younger brother Stevie Ray Vaughan until Stevie Ray's death -- but Stevie always pointed to his brother as his greatest inspiration and acknowledged him as the superior player.


As a member of the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Vaughan scored hits and toured the world. He left that band to form the Vaughan Brothers with Stevie Ray. They made the epochal "Family Style" album together, but Stevie died in a helicopter crash in August 1990, weeks before the album was scheduled to be released.

Jimmie spent the rest of the 1990s slowly rebuilding his life, recording a pair of solo albums and supervising the unreleased archives of his brother's music.

"Do You Get the Blues?" is Vaughan's third solo outing. It includes a lineup of all-stars drawn from the Austin, Texas, music scene -- including vocalist LouAnn Barton, drummer George Rains and Hammond B3 organ player Bill Willis.

One of the songs on the album, "Without You," was written by Vaughan's son, Tyrone.

"He's written a lot of songs, 50 or 60, in kind of a soul bag," Vaughan tells UPI. "I told him to bring me some songs for the album, so he made a demo, just him and the guitar, real pure, and I heard 'Without You' and thought that fits my record. We came up with our own little version of it."

"I feel good about this record," Vaughan said. "We worked hard on it and it was successful because it sounds like we made it in a couple of days in the garage."


(Thanks to UPI's John Swenson)


"POEtry" -- the latest production by legendary rocker Lou Reed and theater director and lighting designer Robert Wilson -- opens next Tuesday at BAM as part of the "Next Wave Festival."

"POEtry" is a journey into the mysterious shadow world of the 19th century American author Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849). It combines texts including "The Fall of the House of Usher," "The Raven," "The Pit and the Pendulum," as well as other stories and poetry. Reed wrote 13 songs, an overture and libretto for the production.

The musical runs through Dec. 8.

"POEtry" is Wilson's second collaboration with Lou Reed. In 1996, Wilson, Reed and writer Darryl Pinckney presented a hard-rock time and space odyssey entitled "Time Rocker."

Reed is currently working on a record of the music from the play with for release later this year.

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