- The Washington Times - Monday, July 3, 2006

Crowd shuns Brown

Bobby Brown was back with New Edition — and his ostentatious behavior apparently backfired.

Mr. Brown, who left New Edition in the 1980s for a solo career, reunited with the band Sunday night for two songs at the Essence Music Festival in Houston, Associated Press reports. The men brought the crowd to its feet with their performance of the 1985 hit “Mr. Telephone Man.” Mr. Brown then left the stage, and the remainder of the group — original members Ralph Tresvant, Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins and Ronnie DeVoe, plus District native Johnny Gill, who replaced Mr. Brown — performed several ballads. Mr. Brown followed with a solo set that started with “Don’t Be Cruel,” then quickly turned to more raunchy dancing and talk about his sex life with wife Whitney Houston.

By the time he finished with “My Prerogative,” he was shirtless, and many in the audience were screaming for him to get off the stage.

Singing in Sarajevo

Spanish tenor Jose Carreras will sing again in Sarajevo, 12 years after performing in a burned-out library to raise money for rebuilding the war-ravaged Bosnian capital, AP reports.

The singer said he will perform Monday with the Sarajevo Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Spanish conductor David Jimenez as part of a music festival.

He also said that he and the other two members of the opera trio known as the Three Tenors — Luciano Pavarotti and Placido Domingo — have received an offer from Russian promoters to perform in Moscow’s Red Square and are trying to see if their work schedules will allow them to accept. The Three Tenors have performed more than 30 concerts together since their first show in 1990 in Rome. Their last performance was in late 2003 in the United States.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports

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