Benefit Watch: Alabama, Black Eyed Peas

Alabama will perform in a benefit concert to help Tuscaloosa, Ala., residents recovering from April’s devastating tornado and The Black Eyed Peas are helping out flood victims in Minot, N.D.

Alabama will play the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater Sept. 2 with proceeds benefiting the Tuscaloosa Storm Recovery Fund. But unlike the band’s June participation in the star-studded relief effort at the Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Complex in June, the Tuscaloosa show is being presented as an Alabama concert. Booked by Red Mountain Entertainment, the company’s Gary Weinberger told the Tuscaloosa News that it will be the band’s “first full concert in seven years.”

Mother Nature has been pretty harsh on Alabama (the state) this year. After storms ripped through it earlier this year, a half-mile wide tornado roared through Tuscaloosa’s downtown area April 27, flattening buildings and demolishing homes, resulting in at least 47 deaths and more than 1,000 injured.

Tickets for the benefit show go on sale Aug. 5. Check out the complete article in the Tuscaloosa News for more information.


Minot’s problems are all about water as the North Dakota town continues efforts to recover from a major flood brought about by dam releases on the Souris River. Now The Black Eyed Peas will get behind relief efforts by performing a benefit concert scheduled for Sept. 3 at the State Fairgrounds.

Turns out there’s a personal connection between Minot and BEP. The Minot Daily News reports actor Josh Duhamel was raised in the town and attended Minot State University. In 2009 Duhamel married his longtime girlfriend, Stacy Ann Ferguson, whom you know better as BEP’s Fergie.

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Tickets are expected to go on sale Sept. 3. For more information, click here for the complete Minot Daily News article.