Wednesday, June 30, 2004

Keith Richards to perform in tributes to Gram Parsons

The Rolling Stones' Keith Richards has signed on to perform at two concerts next month paying tribute to late country-rock pioneer Gram Parsons.

Richards will join a lineup including Norah Jones, Lucinda Williams and Dwight Yoakam for Return to Sin City: A Tribute to Gram Parsons, organizers said.

The shows are scheduled July 9 at the Santa Barbara Bowl and July 10 at the Universal Amphitheatre.

Proceeds will benefit the Musicians' Assistance Program, which helps members of the music industry pay for drug and alcohol addiction treatment.

Many consider Parsons, who died in 1973, to be among the first musicians to blend the melodies of country music with the drive of rock 'n' roll, though he never had a hit as a solo performer.

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