- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Killer gets his due

Jerry Lee Lewis, the piano-pounding rock ‘n’ roller known as “The Killer,” has been honored by Tennessee lawmakers who voted to name a stretch of road in his honor.

A proposal unanimously approved Monday evening by the House designates a stretch of Getwell Road in Shelby County as the Jerry Lee Lewis Highway, Associated Press reports. The section runs from the Mississippi state line to Interstate 240.

Mr. Lewis, well-known for his hit “Great Balls of Fire,” said “it’s not every day you get a street named after you. It’s a great honor.”

A companion bill unanimously passed the Senate earlier this month and now goes to Gov. Phil Bredesen for his consideration.

Sun Records, the label credit with discovering Mr. Lewis back in the 1950s, is based in Memphis.

Tyra to testify

Model-turned-television-personality Tyra Banks is due in court this week to testify against a Georgia man accused of following her from one side of the country to the other.

According to Associated Press, Miss Banks, host of the CW’s “America’s Next Top Model” as well as her own syndicated talk show, is to testify in a Manhattan courtroom where Brady Green goes on trial on charges of stalking her.

Mr. Green, of Dublin, Ga., is accused of following Miss Banks from coast to coast since January 2008. He was arrested in a McDonald’s near the Manhattan building where “The Tyra Banks Show” is taped after he tried to see her March 18, 2008.

He reportedly told police then, “I know her. She knows me. We’re good friends,” as quoted by AP. He said he “came by bus [from Los Angeles] to see her.”

“We had a thing together,” court papers quote Mr. Green as telling police. “I sent her flowers. I sent her cards. Should I plead no contest? I’ve got satellites watching me and recording us.”

Mr. Green, 38, has pleaded not guilty to stalking, harassment and criminal trespass. He faces up to 90 days in jail if convicted by Manhattan Criminal Court Judge James Burke, who is hearing the case without a jury.

Trial date set

In other celebrity stalking news, A preliminary hearing has been set for the trial of Robert O’Ryan — the man accused of stalking gymnast and “Dancing With the Stars” contestant Shawn Johnson.

Mr. O’Ryan appeared in Los Angeles County Criminal Court Monday — where a judge set the date for June 11.

He faces three charges for the March incident — one felony count of stalking and two misdemeanor counts of carrying a loaded firearm in a vehicle.

Pianist: U.S. off-key

Piano virtuoso Krystian Zimerman says he has become so disenchanted with the United States that he will not return to the concert stage in this country.

According to AP, Mr. Zimerman made the announcement near the end of his performance Sunday night at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, the last stop on his current U.S. tour. A few people booed and walked out but most remained to give him a standing ovation at the end of the show.

A story posted on the Los Angeles Times’ Web site Monday says Mr. Zimerman, 52, blames U.S. foreign policy. But his manager, Mary Pat Buerkle, tells AP his unhappiness with the country goes beyond that. She says he has been contemplating not returning to the U.S. for a couple of years.

Permanent vacation

Free tickets to see Aerosmith in Hawaii? Dream on, unless you happen to be one of 8,300 people left in the cold when the band canceled a sold-out concert in 2007.

Aerosmith has agreed to perform on Maui to settle a class-action lawsuit filed by fans who say the band bailed out of the show in favor of a larger concert in Chicago and a more lucrative private performance for Toyota dealers on Oahu, Associated Press reports.

The suit claims the cancellation cost Maui ticket buyers between $500,000 and $3 million in travel costs, handling fees and other expenses.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports.

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