- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 31, 2003

Rock rogues gallery

Drumroll, please. Q, the British music magazine, has compiled a list of the “100 most insane moments” in rock history, and the winner is: Keith Moon.

The late Who drummer earned the top spot for incidents such as a food fight with police in Flint, Mich., and a literally dynamite performance on TV.

Others singled out for Q’s rogues gallery include Prince, for proselytizing door to door for Jehovah’s Witnesses; Elvis Presley, for flying 879 miles for peanut-butter-and-bacon sandwiches; George Jones, for driving a lawn mower on the highway; and Elton John, for dropping nearly half a million dollars on flowers in less than two hours.

Congrats to all who are still alive to tell about it.

Gathering no Moss

You know what they say about supermodeling: It’s hard work.

Kate Moss has found the job so exhausting that, on the advice of friend Sadie Frost, she has checked into a London clinic where experts will monitor her sleeping and breathing patterns.

An anonymous friend told a British tabloid: “Kate has been having a bout of bad sleep. Sadie attended the clinic when she was having difficulties sleeping a few months ago, and Kate was really interested.

“She’s not an insomniac or anything, but she does jet about for work as well as raise a baby. Most moms go through similar problems, but Kate thought she might as well get help for it.”

Bennifer dish, please

No one is immune. It’s a contagion. Aaron Eckhart, who appears opposite Ben Affleck in the new John Woo movie “Paycheck,” says he was grilled endlessly for gossip on his co-star’s relationship with Jennifer Lopez. The griller: his mother.

Says Mr. Eckhart: “I had my mom asking me, ‘What’s going on with Ben and Jen?’ or, ‘Where are they getting married? I wanna know what she’s wearing.’

“It was all so that my mom can say to other people’s moms before anybody knows. I’m like, ‘Dude, what’s going on?’ and [Mr. Affleck] would tell me the whole scoop, but I wasn’t telling.”

Back on Broadway

Broadway can breathe a sigh of relief. Its bread and butter are back: Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane, the original stars of Mel Brooks’ “The Producers.”

The duo returned to the cast Tuesday night, rescuing the once megapopular production whose sales had been sagging badly in their absence. Associated Press reports that with Mr. Broderick and Mr. Lane back in the fold, the show is all but sold out through April.

Not so fast

Singer-songwriter Elliot Smith’s death in October was called an apparent suicide, but now the Los Angeles coroner’s office is saying it’s not sure.

According to Reuters News Agency, the official autopsy report leaves the nature of Mr. Smith’s death — the result of two “penetrating stab wounds” in the chest — an open question.

“The trauma that he sustained could have been inflicted by him or by another, and the coroner has not been able to make a determination,” said David Campbell, the coroner’s spokesman.

Mr. Campbell also said toxicology tests found no illegal or controlled substances in Mr. Smith’s system. The 34-year-old singer apparently was taking anti-depressants and medication for attention deficit disorder at the time of his death but was not abusing them, he said.

The Simons say

When your parents are Paul Simon and Edie Brickell, odds are you’ll be blessed with musical talent. Sure enough, Miss Brickell told Associated Press, her three children, aged 10, 8 and 5, already have the knack.

“When I look at my kids, and the ease with which they pick up music, I wish I had that,” she said. “They are amazing musicians already.”

Miss Brickell, promoting her new album, “Volcano,” said she and Mr. Simon recently started to consider recording a collection of children’s songs. “We love to sing silly songs with the kids,” she said. “Of course, Paul harmonizes so beautifully, sometimes I just listen.”

Compiled by Scott Galupo from wire and Web reports.

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