- The Washington Times - Sunday, June 27, 2004

Dave’s new gig

E! Online

Apparently, the bad boy of rock ‘n’ roll is looking to clean up his act.

Former Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth has announced his intentions to add the unlikely title of emergency medical technician to his hard-rockin’ resume, according to the New York Daily News.

Mr. Roth, 49, has reportedly relocated from his estate in Pasadena, Calif., and taken up residence in an apartment on New York’s Lower East Side, where he reports for EMT training several days a week.

The rocker says he hopes to earn his certification by November, at which point he plans to try to volunteer one weekend a month. He’s training under New York safety consultant Linda Reissman, who, he joked, “has a resume as long as your femur.”

“I want to be working in the outer boroughs,” Mr. Roth told the Daily News. “This city promises great color and insight in each and every neighborhood. On the Upper East Side, it’s gonna be heart attacks and stomachaches. But in other areas, it’s all trauma.”

The singer, whose father is a surgeon, also claims that his medical aspirations are not as far-fetched as they may seem.

“I used to be a surgical orderly in South Central L.A.,” Mr. Roth said. “I started that when I got out of junior college in the early ‘70s, and that led to a variety of things in the outdoor medical fire force and training with the Green Berets.”

Together again

TV Guide Online

Pop music sensation Beyonce will get back to her roots this fall when Destiny’s Child reunites for their first performance in nearly two years.

“We are really looking forward to getting back onstage and performing together as a group,” the Grammy-winner says.

Beyonce and her bandmates Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland also will appear on ABC’s “Pepsi Play for a Billion” game show Sept. 12.

Reach out and touch

Associated Press

Diana Ross took more than 2,000 people on a trip down memory lane during a 90-minute concert in her hometown of Greenwich, Conn., that benefited a local teen center.

Miss Ross performed nearly two dozen of her most popular songs from her 40-year career Thursday night, the Greenwich Time reported. General seating for the concert was free, but some 400 people paid $250 to $1,000 for premium seating near the stage.

“Thank you,” the 60-year-old singer said to the crowd during one of her breaks. “I can’t see you all but I know you all are there.”

She threw a kiss to her sons, Evan and Ross Naess, while singing “Endless Love.” Her sons are active at the Arch Street teen center, which has been facing an operating deficit.

Ailing Bowie sidelined

Agence France-Presse

British pop legend David Bowie was hospitalized in Germany for a pinched nerve and forced to cancel a performance at a weekend music festival, organizers said.

Mr. Bowie, 57, completed a set at the Hurricane Festival in the northwestern town of Scheessel late Friday but later complained of sharp pain in his shoulder. He received treatment in a local hospital and was kept overnight, according to event organizers citing Mr. Bowie’s management.

A scheduled appearance at the Southside Festival in Neuhausen ob Eck in southern Germany featuring acts such as PJ Harvey and The Cure had to be canceled.

Mr. Bowie cut short a concert in Prague Wednesday because of aching nerves in his shoulder.

Doting dad

New York Post

Tommy Lee has undergone a tattooed tribute to his sons, Brandon and Dylan. The rowdy rocker asked his offspring by actress Pamela Anderson to write their names on his wrists, then had the signatures indelibly inked into his skin. “The love he’s got for his boys is so way beyond anything,” an unnamed friend of Mr. Lee told the New York Post.

“It would just choke anyone up.”

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports.

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