AWOLs at Heroes Ball: Big-Name Talent Vanishes?
About face! Forget about the huge talent lineup hyped for an unofficial military ball tomorrow, which was supposed to include actor Jamie Foxx, the rapper Nas, rock guitarist Slash, and gospel star Donnie McClurkin. It ain't happening. The event's publicist isn't entirely sure what went wrong, except that some sort of major snafu unfolded over the weekend.
"There will be a performance, but not as previously listed," Linda Roth, who's repping the 2009 Heroes Red, White & Blue Military Ball, told our colleague Richard Leiby. The Warner Theater was booked for the concert, and the after-party all set, featuring the disco hitmakers Chic with superproducer Nile Rodgers. The ball -- organized to benefit the USO and TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors), a service organization for military family members -- still has an active Web site, heroball.org, that's selling tickets but provides no further details.
We're told that the band Memphis Gold, which has toured many countries with the USO, has been subbed in at the last minute. Local entertainment producer Freddie Wyatt was scrambling to find big-name musicians in town willing to fill the empty performance time slots at the Warner between 8 and 11 p.m. "Anybody who wants to play a song, anybody who wants to do something for the troops, they are welcome on our stage," Wyatt said. "They can pretty much play anything."
CNN's Larry King and Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen are still scheduled to speak to the audience, which will include wounded troops from Walter Reed, Roth said.
The folks from Chic, meanwhile, still want to perform and were stunned by the sudden cancellation of all announced talent.
"Outraged is an understatement!" singer Sylver Logan Sharp told us in an e-mail. "I can't not express how sick I am over this and I'm sure I speak for our band on that one."
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