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September 27, 2005

With Sister Hazel’s Rock Boat ’05 sailing officially canceled due to the after effects of Hurricane Katrina, organizers have instead pulled together a benefit concert this weekend in Atlanta. Elsewhere, Brian Wilson, Motley Crue and Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington are among the latest to raise money for victims of the storm.

RELIEF CRUE: A new version of Motley Crue’s “Home Sweet Home” recorded with Linkin Park vocalist Chester Bennington will raise funds for Mercy Corps and the American Red Cross.

Crue and Bennington taped a performance of the song on the morning of Sept. 10 for the MTV/VH1/CMT “ReAct Now” telethon at the CMT Studios. From there the artists joined a 26-member local gospel choir and a 25-piece orchestra at Music City’s Oceanway Studios, where Desmond Child produced the new recording — which was completed in time for Motley Crue’s scheduled performance that night at nearby Starwood Amphitheater.

“Hopefully, people will embrace it in the way it was intended,” Bennington says. “The song really does fit the sentiment and something special happened when we pulled it together. Everyone felt as if they were doing something really important.”

Beginning today (Sept. 27), the track is available exclusively via Apple’s iTunes music store, with a new video available for streaming via AOL Music. Other major download services will begin carrying the cut soon and a CD single release (with a making of” documentary included) is being planned for traditional retail outlets.

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