- The Washington Times - Monday, August 31, 2009

Dr. Drew on DJ AM

Addiction specialist Dr. Drew Pinsky said Saturday that pain medications likely led 36-year-old disc jockey DJ AM away from his sober path.

A former drug addict, DJ AM, whose real name was Adam Goldstein, was found dead Friday evening in his Manhattan apartment.

“It very slowly and subtly reawakens addiction,” Dr. Pinsky said of pain medication in an interview, Associated Press reports. “I’m not saying it was inappropriately prescribed, I’m saying he didn’t know the risks.”

A crack pipe and prescription pills were found in the apartment, said a law enforcement official, who spoke to AP on the condition of anonymity because the investigation was ongoing.

Dr. Pinsky said he believed pain medication Mr. Goldstein took for injuries from the plane crash that required two skin graft surgeries reawakened his addiction to drugs. Mr. Goldstein had long preached sobriety and openly discussed his earlier addictions to drugs, including crack cocaine and Ecstasy. He was to premiere his own show centering on rehab in October on MTV called “Gone Too Far.”

Guitarist leaves Oasis

Lead guitarist Noel Gallagher said Saturday he had quit British rock group Oasis because of “verbal and violent intimidation” and a lack of support from his band mates and management.

As the rest of the band were said to be considering whether to carry on without him, Mr. Gallagher released a statement saying: “I feel you have the right to know that the level of verbal and violent intimidation towards me, my family, friends and comrades has become intolerable,” Agence France-Presse reports. “And the lack of support and understanding from my management and band mates has left me with no other option than to get me cape and seek pastures new.”

The band canceled its appearance at a festival near Paris at the last minute on Friday after organizers said Mr. Gallagher and his brother Liam had a fight backstage.

Juanes still on

Despite being accused of political affiliations with Cuba’s communist system and receiving death threats through Twitter, the Colombian singer Juanes still plans to hold his “Peace Without Borders” concert at Havana’s Plaza of the Revolution on Sept. 20.

“I deeply regret having caused, let’s say, this bad moment,” he said in an interview Friday night before his concert in New York’s Madison Square Garden, Associated Press reports. He and his family live in Miami.

“I have had the opportunity of talking with several leaders of the community to tell them what this is all about and that’s the only truth that exists. … I can only control what’s in my heart, what’s in my mind. We know what we are doing and why we are doing it.”

Juanes, 37, has been known for his social activism since his first “Peace Without Borders” concert drew thousands to the border between Venezuela and Colombia in March 2008 when tensions were high over a Colombian commando raid into neighboring Ecuador that killed a leading rebel commander.

50 Cent cancels

Rapper 50 Cent canceled the Family Day fair he planned Sunday in his old Queens neighborhood in New York amid police concerns about security for the event.

The fair was to be held in a schoolyard in Queens’ Jamaica section, blocks from a spot where the rapper was shot and wounded in 2000, Associated Press reported, citing a New York Post article.

The musician’s manager, Chris Lighty, said the event was being postponed while organizers work out new arrangements with police.

Authorities worried whether they would have enough officers on hand to deal with crowds and keep the peace, especially if the rapper, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, performed.

Compiled by Richard Slusser from Web and wire reports

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