Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Boss on the stump

Bruce Springsteen is set to join Sen. John Kerry in the final days of his bid to become the nation’s boss.

The Kerry campaign announced yesterday Mr. Springsteen plans to play a song or two at campaign rallies tomorrow in Madison, Wis., and Columbus, Ohio, both in battleground states likely to determine the winner of the election. He’ll also join Mr. Kerry in Cleveland the night before Election Day.

The Boss’ song “No Surrender” has been one of several played daily at Mr. Kerry’s campaign stops.

Mean fever

“Mean Girls” star Lindsay Lohan was recovering at a hospital after being admitted with a high fever and headache, her publicist said.

Miss Lohan, 18, has been in Los Angeles filming the upcoming movie “Herbie: Fully Loaded.” She was hospitalized late last week with a 103-degree fever, publicist Leslie Sloane Zelnick said.

“She’s resting and getting better,” Miss Zelnick said.

The illness forced Miss Lohan to postpone taping a cameo role on “That ‘70s Show,” the sitcom that features her boyfriend, Wilmer Valderrama.

Production on “Herbie” also was halted and will resume after Miss Lohan has recovered.

‘Springer’ on rocks

Defamation suits, bad press, feuding producers — “Jerry Springer: The Opera” has spawned a behind-the-scenes soap opera to match its onstage melodramatics.

The musical inspired by the king of trash TV is facing early closure because of an expensive lawsuit against a British newspaper that claimed — untruthfully at the time — that it was losing money, according to Associated Press.

A huge critical hit, “Springer: The Opera” is due to run through October 2005 in London’s West End, with a Broadway production scheduled to open next fall. But producers acknowledge that the mounting cost of a lawsuit against the Daily Mail newspaper could force it to close within days.

“It’s a fragile situation that may go either way,” producer Jon Thoday said.

Royal career move

How’s this for grabbing the bull by the horns?

AP reports that Kenyan-born cellist Dave Loew, 55, thinks he deserves a major recording contract and he’s going to great lengths to prove it.

Mr. Loew has booked the 3,900-seat Royal Albert Hall for March 23, the venue’s administrators confirmed, to the tune of $100,550.

Mr. Loew, who was raised in Australia and has had a 30-year classical music career — including stints with the London Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic — believes record company executives have lost touch with the public.

“I’ve had an audience of 12,000 for an event in Australia … but the major record labels have not bothered to come and see what I’m doing,” Mr. Loew said.

The musician, who mixes classical and contemporary genres, believes backing from his celebrity fans, said to include actor Edward Fox and designer Stella McCartney, will help him lure a capacity crowd.

Rockin’ for Myanmar

A troupe of rock stars including Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton and Sting, released an album yesterday dedicated to Myanmar’s pro-democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, and calling for the Nobel laureate to be freed.

Miss Suu Kyi has spent much of the last 15 years under arrest. She was detained again in May of last year and remains under house arrest by Myanmar’s military rulers, who have held power in various guises since 1962, according to Reuters News Agency.

The album features exclusive tracks by REM, Pearl Jam, Damien Rice and Tom Morello as well as previously released songs by Avril Lavigne, Coldplay and Travis.

The BBC has reported proceeds from the 27-track album will go to the nonprofit Campaign for Burma.

Compiled by Scott Galupo from staff and wire reports.

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