- The Washington Times - Monday, June 9, 2008

Big gig for ‘Idol’ winner

ET confirms that “American Idol” champ David Cook will begin his reign with an appropriately larger-than-life gig: He’ll perform the national anthem on Tuesday at game three of the NBA Finals in Los Angeles.

This will be Mr. Cook’s first appearance at a major sports event since he was crowned the seventh-season “Idol” winner. His live performance continues the tradition of former “Idol” winners singing the national anthem at the NBA Finals.

Ecstatic Wembley

One concertgoer summed up the Wembley mood, writing on NME, a British music weekly’s Web site: “There are no words to describe last night. … The best gig I have ever been to. … I have shivers down my spine and no voice left when I got home.”

What made the fan shiver was a surprise appearance made by Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page and bassist John Paul Jones with the Foo Fighters at London’s Wembley Stadium.

The two joined Dave Grohl and his hard-rocking band for the encore of their show Saturday and played the classic Led Zeppelin songs “Rock ‘n’ Roll” and “Ramble On” in front of a reported 86,000 ecstatic fans, the Web site said. Mr. Page and Mr. Jones were without frontman Robert Plant, who is busy on a solo tour, according to Agence France-Presse.

Mr. Grohl hinted earlier that ” this is going to be the show that we’re gonna be talking about for the next 20 years!”

Mom to pay child support

Actress Anne Heche and cameraman Coleman Laffoon were married in 2001. He filed for divorce Feb. 2 - irreconcilable differences, Associated Press reports. According to court documents released Friday, Miss Heche is going to have to pay.

The judge ruled that Miss Heche, 39, must pay $275,000 to Mr. Laffoon, 34. She was ordered to make monthly child-support payments of $3,700 for the care of their son, Homer, 6, and she will have to pay 75 percent of Homer’s private school tuition. The couple agreed to split the cost of any “agreed upon extracurricular activities” for their son.

The former couple met while working on a documentary about Ellen DeGeneres, with whom Miss Heche was linked romantically for three years.

Contract on memoirs

Victoria Gotti, a newspaper columnist and the daughter of late Gambino crime family boss John Gotti, has been sued by HarperCollins Publishers for the return of a $70,000 advance on a memoir that was never written, Reuters news agency reports.

Miss Gotti and HarperCollins signed a contract in 2005 for two books, including an untitled memoir, according to the lawsuit filed Thursday in New York state court, which accused Miss Gotti of breach of contract.

Compiled from wire and web reports.

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