February 1, 2005

AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson has reportedly cancelled his participation in the Mardi Gras kick-off celebration on Saturday, February 5 at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida.

According to legendary rock musician Rick Derringer, who organized the benefit concert, Brian felt that the atmosphere of the event's theme (Mardi Gras) did not properly reflect on the cause at hand (disaster relief).

As previously reported, the Musicians 4 Disaster Relief concert, which is set to feature appearances by TWISTED SISTER, and CHEAP TRICK's Robin Zander and Rick Nielsen, is to assist the victims of the recent tsunami and also the rash of hurricanes that have battered Florida. Other participants include Mr. Derringer (who is also acting as Executive Music Director for the event); Michael Bolton; THE ALLMAN BROTHERS' Dickey Betts; THREE DOG NIGHT's Chuck Negron; LOVERBOY; GRAND FUNK RAILROAD's Mark Farner; Eddie Money & band; Jacobs Loc (featuring the former lead singer of O TOWN); TORQUE; and THE LANDERS SISTERS. Additional surprise guests will likely be announced between now and showtime.

Charity proceeds raised through the event will go to the John Entwistle Foundation, who will then disseminate funds to the American Red Cross and the Florida Hurricane Relief Fund.

(Thanks: The Brian Johnson Group)

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