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Virginia Tech memorial concert to feature Dave Matthews Band


The Dave Matthews Band will lead a host of marquee names helping Virginia Tech students, faculty and family deal with the tragic shootings that occurred at the university in April.

Tickets to "A Concert for Virginia Tech," set for Sept. 6 at the school's 66,000-seat Lane Stadium, will be given away free to all current students, faculty and staff, and all performers appearing at the event will waive their usual fees. Commemorative merchandise will be sold to help cover the costs of staging the show.

In addition to DMB, the schedule will include singer/songwriter John Mayer , rapper Nas , and country singer/pianist Phil Vassar . According to a press release, the concert was conceived as "a way to help the university community move forward" as the university begins its 2007-2008 academic year, the first new term at the school since senior Seung-Hui Cho shot and killed 32 students and teachers, and wounded 25 others, before turning his gun on himself following an April 16 rampage.

"We have a profound respect for the incredible resolve and unwavering sense of hope the university community has shown, and are honored to have the opportunity to share this evening with Virginia Tech," said DMB drummer Carter Beauford in a prepared statement.

"We're extremely grateful for the compassion and generosity of these artists who wished to create a very special event where our students, faculty and staff can come together to celebrate the spirit and resiliency of our university community as we begin a new academic year," added Virginia Tech's president, Charles Steger.

More information on the concert can be found through the university's website.