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MSG's Dolan announces kazoo challenge for ALS

James Dolan, MSG's executive chairman, issued the challenge

James Dolan, MSG's executive chairman, issued the challenge on the "Today" show, where he was doused with a bucket of ice water to raise money to fight Lou Gehrig's disease. Credit: Handout

It looks like the ice bucket challenge is about to be joined by a new type of invitation -- one involving a hoped-for 6,000 kazoo players at Madison Square Garden -- as a further way to raise money for the ALS Association.

James Dolan, MSG's executive chairman, issued the challenge yesterday on the "Today" show, where he was doused with a bucket of ice water to raise money to fight Lou Gehrig's disease.

Audience members at the Sept. 18 Eagles concert will be offered kazoos in an attempt to break the record for the most kazoos played simultaneously.

That chance will come when Dolan's band, JD & the Straight Shot, opens for the concert, according to a news release.

If a new record is set, Dolan said he would donate $100,000 to ALS.

According to Guinness World Records, the record was set March 14, 2011, at London's Royal Albert Hall, where 5,190 classical music fans hummed out tunes on kazoos, ensemble style, including Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries."

"Break the kazoo record. . . . If we do, $100,000 gets donated to ALS," said Dolan, who is also president and chief executive of Cablevision Systems Corp., which owns Newsday.

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