- The Washington Times - Monday, May 2, 2005

C’est la Roger

After nearly a decade’s worth of work, reclusive Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters has finished his opera.

He hopes it’s not just another brick in the wall.

Mr. Waters is considering a November performance of the French Revolution-inspired “Ca Ira” live with a symphony and chorus in Rome, coinciding with its release this fall as a double CD, according to Rolling Stone magazine.

Mr. Waters also is at work on a rock album, saying he has enough songs to put out an album immediately, but he wants a more coherent collection.

“I just keep smashing paint up against the canvas and waiting for it to make sense,” he said.

Waste case

The Dave Matthews Band has agreed to pay $200,000 to an environmental fund to settle a lawsuit stemming from human waste dumped from a tour bus onto people touring the Chicago River, Associated Press reports.

The bus was crossing a bridge last summer when the waste poured through metal grates onto the open deck of an architectural tour boat carrying more than 100 passengers. The agreement with Attorney General Lisa Madigan, announced Friday, does not settle several personal-injury lawsuits that also have been filed.

Driver Stefan Wohl was sentenced last month to probation and community service after he pleaded guilty to reckless conduct and discharging contaminates to cause water pollution. Band spokesman John Vlautin said Mr. Wohl has been fired.

“Although the band members were not on the bus when the incident took place, we have always said that if it was our bus we would take responsibility for what happened,” Mr. Vlautin said.

Gun Smiths

Loaded guns, not romance, blazed on the set of “Mr. and Mrs. Smith,” the upcoming movie starring rumored lovebirds Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt as married assassins.

Miss Jolie told Vanity Fair magazine that the stories of a fling with the former Mr. Jennifer Aniston were bunk. “I’ve been tied to everybody I ever worked with,” she sniffed.

The two did, however, become fast friends, a relationship that was sealed during gun-training sessions.

“You had to trust each other to cross under or over and only move when the other person moves, so the trust, when somebody’s got a loaded gun at your back … it made us trust each other quickly,” Miss Jolie said.

Haven’t they ever heard of blanks?

Just folks

A summer folk music festival on the grounds of Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital in Parsippany, N.J., will pay tribute to one of the institution’s most famous former patients: Woody Guthrie.

“We thought that a folk festival might be a good transition from the past to the future at Greystone,” Denise Lanza, assistant deputy director of the Morris County Park Commission, told AP.

Tentative plans call for the concert to be held Aug. 14. Mr. Guthrie was a patient at Greystone in the 1950s.

Linkin to secede

The rap-metalists of Linkin Park want to end their contract with Warner Music Group Corp., citing skittishness about the company’s impending initial public offering.

The band, according to AP, won’t go forward with plans to record its next Warner album, due in 2006, despite a contract for four more albums.

“Linkin Park has become increasingly concerned that WMG’s diminished resources will leave it unable to compete in today’s global music marketplace, resulting in a failure to live up to WMG’s fiduciary responsibility to market and promote Linkin Park,” the band’s publicist said.

Compiled by Scott Galupo from Web and wire reports.

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