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REUNITED: The surviving members of the rock band Great White will come together to play one song at a benefit concert to honor their guitarist Ty Longley, 31, who perished along with 98 other people in a Rhode Island nightclub fire at their concert last month, the Associated Press reports. Proceeds from the event, scheduled for April 29 at West Hollywood's Key Club, will benefit the late guitarist's pregnant girlfriend, as well as victim-relief funds and students seeking art scholarships, reports AP. The group, who scored a hit in 1990 with "Once Bitten, Twice Shy," has no other plans to reunite.
UNINVITED: Oscar-winning actress Susan Sarandon's anti-war stance drew three dozen complaints to the United Way of Tampa Bay, prompting the charitable organization to cancel an event the 56-year-old actress was scheduled to participate in, the Associated Press reports. Six months ago, Sarandon's brother Terry Tomalin, an outdoors writer at the St. Petersburg Times, asked her to be the keynote speaker at an April 11 event meant to inspire volunteerism in the community. However, when the invitations went out, the actress's well-known opposition to the war in Iraq drew the ire of some potential donors. "The focus of our whole meeting had shifted to whether or not we were creating a political platform for Susan Sarandon," Robin Carson, chairwoman of the United Way of Tampa Bay board of directors, tells AP. "That is not our purpose. That's not what we're about."
DISSED: She famously wore a Britney Spears T-shirt onstage, but Madonna tells the British music magazine Q that she's unimpressed by manufactured pop acts and the recent crop of TV talent searches, reports AP. "I arrived at a different time, before the time of Svengalis holding talent searches -- finding a girl that looks right and can carry a tune and then figuring a way to market her," she says in the May issue. "I'm not saying those girls can't grow into something," she said, referring to singers Pink, Christina Aguilera and Spears, reports AP. "But I really don't know where we're going with the world. Everything's so homogenized."