Matchbox Twenty On Tap For Sun Records Tribute

(3/30/01, 5 p.m. ET) - Add Matchbox Twenty to the list of acts set for inclusion of a forthcoming tribute album to Sun Records. Singer Rob Thomas told the crowd that the band has recorded a version of Charlie Rich's "Lonely Weekends" for the tribute album, before launching into a live rendition of the 1960 hit during the band's performance Thursday (March 29) at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles.

Rich wasn't the only act Matchbox Twenty covered in the first of two Los Angeles shows. When Thomas sat down at the piano, he jokingly sang a few lines of a Lionel Richie ballad. Later, Thomas returned to the stage for an encore with an acoustic guitar and performed the Hooters-penned Cyndi Lauper hit "Time After Time."

Other acts slated for the album and film tribute to Sun Records, which is tentatively set for release this summer in commemoration of the legendary Memphis label's 50th anniversary, include modern rockers Sheryl Crow and Kid Rock, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, the Rolling Stones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, Elton John, Rod Stewart, Jeff Beck, Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders, former Dire Straits leader Mark Knopfler, Van Morrison, Live, Third Eye Blind, and Ben Folds Five.

-- Craig Rosen, Los Angeles