A semi-musical band made up of best-selling authors, including Dave Barry, Amy Tan and Mitch Albom, is touring East Coast cities to raise money for Haitian relief and other charities.
The Rock Bottom Remainders tour begins Wednesday night with a concert at Washington's 9:30 Club and continues this week in Philadelphia, New York and Boston.
Tan says the qualifications for making the band were having no talent and no ego. She says she's a terrible singer and doesn't remember lyrics. She focuses on costumes instead.
Barry says the band has been hailed as "not as bad as you would expect."
Funds for Haiti will be sent to the group World Vision. The Pearson Foundation also is donating five books to public schools in each city on the tour for each ticket sold.
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