- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Try, try again

Tenor Roberto Alagna is coming to London to sing the aria that was booed at La Scala, Bloomberg.com says.

The high-strung French-Sicilian star walked off the stage during Verdi’s “Aida” in December 2006. He was booed by a few non-fans who decided his performance wasn’t up to their standards of perfection. A clip of the jeering has been viewed more than 200,000 times on YouTube.com.

Mr. Alagna will again sing the jeered “Celeste Aida” at a recital in London’s Barbican Hall on Friday. British audiences, however, tend to be more reserved than Italian ones — so anyone mean enough to hope for further pique probably will be disappointed.

Jail time for Weiland

Former Velvet Revolver frontman Scott Weiland has pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor drunken driving charge and has been sentenced to eight days in jail, Associated Press reports. The rocker, 40, entered the plea in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday. He also was sentenced to four years’ probation and must take part in an 18-month alcohol treatment program.

Caught on tape

Vivid Entertainment is releasing a sex tape that reportedly stars the late Jimi Hendrix, AP reports.

The Los Angeles-based adult entertainment company said it obtained the footage of the music legend shot in a hotel room about 40 years ago from a memorabilia collector. The 11 minutes of footage feature Mr. Hendrix engaging in various sexual acts with two women, according to a statement released by Vivid. The company said it consulted with several experts to authenticate the footage.

Mr. Hendrix died of a drug overdose in 1970. Seattle-based representatives for Mr. Hendrix’s estate did not want to comment about the tape, AP said.

Vivid Entertainment also was responsible for the release of celebrity sex tapes starring Kim Kardahsian and Pamela Anderson.

Big bucks for ‘Peace’

John Lennon’s lyrics to “Give Peace a Chance” may fetch up to $592,000 at a London sale on July 10, Christie’s International said yesterday.

The song was written during the Beatle’s 1969 Montreal “bed-in” with Yoko Ono, the London-based auction house said in an e-mail to Bloomberg.com.

The original handwritten lyrics, together with photos of the then-newlywed Mr. Lennon and Miss Ono lying in bed, have been put up for sale by the U.K.-based comedy writer and TV host Gail Renard. Christie’s said the lyrics had been given personally to Miss Renard by Mr. Lennon when she interviewed him for her university magazine during his second antiwar “bed- in” protest. The first was in March 1969 in Amsterdam.

Mayor’s new book

Billionaire Mayor Michael Bloomberg is sharing what he has learned in business and government in a new book due out later this year, AP reports.

Mr. Bloomberg, 66, who founded a multibillion-dollar company before becoming New York City’s mayor, is penning “Do the Hard Things First (And Other Bloomberg Rules for Business and Politics),” to be published by Vanguard Press. His autobiography, “Bloomberg by Bloomberg,” was published in 1997.

Hizzhoner’s wealth is estimated at more than $11 billion, a fortune he built after founding the financial information empire that bears his name. He stepped down from the company to run for mayor in 2001 but retains a 68 percent stake in the company. Mr. Bloomberg won’t get an advance for the book and is donating all royalties to the World Trade Center memorial foundation, AP says.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports

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