- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Macca’s star trip


Paul McCartney reportedly only agreed to perform at Saturday’s Live 8 concert in London after organizers agreed to let him open and close the charity extravaganza.

The former Beatle insisted on being top-of-the-bill and told Bob Geldof he would “think seriously” about not taking part if his requests weren’t granted, according to published reports.

Mr. McCartney will open the concert with an adapted version of “Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” — reworded to praise Mr. Geldof’s achievements — and end it with the Beatles ballad “Long and Winding Road,” the Sunday Times of London reports.

Organizers were left with a tricky diplomatic job of appeasing the top acts performing at London’s Hyde Park. U2 star Bono was determined to get his fair share of the limelight and will be allowed to share the stage with Mr. McCartney to duet on the opening track. Both stars will wear the military suits the Beatles wore on the “Sergeant Pepper” album cover.

“Some of the more fragile egos are upset. Bono, in particular, was quick to demand a share of the opening number and sees what he has done politically over the years as a bit more relevant to Live 8 than what Paul has to offer,” an anonymous Live 8 source told Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper. “These are the biggest rock stars around. Whatever order they sing in, there is going to be friction.”

A spokesperson for Mr. McCartney says, “Bob asked him if he would do it, and he is delighted to be taking part in such an important event.”

Recovery sought

Associated Press

Speaking of Bono …

The U2 frontman wants his hat back. And his earrings. His sweat shirt, too.

The Dublin-based rock band U2 went to court yesterday to recover items from former stylist Lola Cashman, who has a range of Bono’s memorabilia from her work on U2’s 1987 Joshua Tree world tour.

In 2002, Miss Cashman tried to sell some of the items — including a cowboy hat, sweat shirt, pants and earrings worn by Bono — at a London auction house. U2’s lawyers stopped the sale by telling auctioneers the goods weren’t Miss Cashman’s to sell.

Attorney Paul Sreenan told Dublin Circuit Judge Matthew Deery that Bono and other members of U2 would testify that they hadn’t given any of the items to Miss Cashman, who also was accused of claiming inappropriate expenses during the tour.

Mr. Sreenan said the band hoped the judge would issue a judgment that Miss Cashman should not continue to possess or attempt to sell any of the materials in dispute, including nearly 200 photos of the tour.

Going to the chapel

Associated Press

Avril Lavigne reportedly is marrying fellow Canadian singer Deryck Whibley, frontman for the punk-pop group Sum 41.

Us Weekly reported that Mr. Whibley, 25, proposed over the weekend while Miss Lavigne, 20, was finishing up the European leg of her tour. Publicists for both musicians confirmed the engagement for the magazine.

The pair began dating in early 2004 and had been friends for several years before that, the magazine said.

Fallen ‘Idol’ busted

Chicago Tribune

First he accused “American Idol” judge Paula Abdul of romancing him on the sly. Now former “Idol” contestant Corey Clark has been charged with a misdemeanor … for instigating a food fight.

Mr. Clark, 24, ran afoul of the law after an argument with his record company manager, Laura Kathleen Troy, 34, “ended up as a food fight, throwing dishes,” a Sacramento police spokesman said.

Mr. Clark was having breakfast with Miss Troy in a hotel room when they began arguing over an incident from Mr. Clark’s Friday night concert, police said. The singer, who appeared on “Idol’s” second season in 2003, was cited for misdemeanor battery. Police said Miss Troy did not want charges filed.

Mr. Clark has been ordered to appear in court July 22.

Just kidding


Supermodel Kate Moss and rocker boyfriend Pete Doherty sealed their romance with a joke wedding at Glastonbury last weekend.

On hand to watch her lover perform with his band Babyshambles at Britain’s Glastonbury Festival, Miss Moss checked into the Chapel of Love and Loathing in Lost Vagueness for a fake wedding that apparently was only valid for the duration of the festival.

Compiled by R. Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports.

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