- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 8, 2003

Cavern clones

Reuters News Agency

The Cavern nightclub where the Beatles ignited their career as the world’s most famous rock band is set to be reproduced around the world, from Rio de Janeiro to Moscow.

The company that owns the storied Liverpool nightclub, where the Beatles were first spotted by their future manager, Brian Epstein, in 1961, says it plans to open a Cavern in the southern Spanish holiday resort of Fuengirola next month; one in Adelaide, Australia, in June; and one in Rio de Janeiro next autumn.

If all goes according to plan, Caverns will follow in Buenos Aires, New York, Florida and even Moscow — where for years before the collapse of the Soviet Union, people were banned from listening to the Beatles.

“There’s interest from all over the world,” said Bill Heckle, chairman of Cavern City Tours, which runs the club in downtown Liverpool. “The challenge is to do it properly.”

Mr. Heckle says the new Caverns will have to look like the club where the Beatles first played in February 1961.

“There will, however, be some flexibility to allow for local differences,” Mr. Heckle said. “It’s a bit of a hybrid between a license and a franchise.”

There is one country where the Cavern will never be replicated, however.

“Other cities in England might be interested, but I won’t allow it,” Mr. Heckle, a Liverpudlian, emphatically said.

Meet the parents

Internet Movie Database

Ashton Kutcher took his girlfriend Demi Moore to his hometown over the weekend to spend time with his mother.

Mr. Kutcher, 25, arrived in Homestead, Iowa, with Miss Moore, 40, on Friday hoping to attend the local Hawkeyes football team’s homecoming game against Michigan on Saturday, but they ditched their plans when the paparazzi arrived outside the home of his mother, Diane Portwood.

Instead, the couple stayed close to home, rode four-wheelers and spent quiet time with family. They “had their own little homecoming,” said Miss Portwood, adding, “We had enchiladas and ham, chicken breast — you know, the regular Iowa meals.

“When the paparazzi came to the door, I told them to leave, and if they didn’t abide by my wishes, I told them I’d call the law on them,” she said.

Miss Portwood said of Miss Moore, “What I’ve found is when you meet many of these so-called celebrities in person, they are really down to earth. We sat and talked about her kids, and my kids, and we had a great time.”

Tears rolling again

Tears for Fears founders Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith are back together after 13 years, and have signed an exclusive worldwide recording contract with Arista Records, Antonio “L.A.” Reid, president and CEO of Arista Records, announced this week.

The British duo, popular in the ‘80s, surprised attendees at tennis star Andre Agassi’s Grand Slam for Children in Las Vegas this past weekend, their first performance together in over a decade.

Bad vibrations

E! Online

Ex-Beach Boy Al Jardine got nothing but bad vibrations from the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday.

The guitarist and backup vocalist, a founding member of the seminal surf band, was fighting a court order prohibiting him from using the term “Beach Boys” when he tours. The high court justices refused to hear his appeal.

The Beach Boys name is owned by Brother Records, the corporation formed to hold the band’s trademark, and jointly held by Mr. Jardine, Mike Love, Brian Wilson and the estate of Carl Wilson.

Although Mr. Jardine owns a quarter of the corporation, he is not licensed to perform as a Beach Boy; that honor is reserved for Mr. Love, who continues as frontman of today’s Beach Boys — which doesn’t contain a single Wilson.

Brother Records denied Mr. Jardine use of the name, claiming that he “did not agree to abide by terms of a proposed license.”

Compiled by Scott Galupo from wire and Web reports.


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