Clapton will be next to perform in China

Clapton will be nextto perform in China
SHANGHAI, China -- Eric Clapton will perform in Shanghai later this month, the latest rock legend to take the stage in China's business and entertainment hub.
Clapton, 61, will appear Jan. 20 at the Shanghai Grand Stage, the same venue where the Rolling Stones made their Chinese debut last April.
Ticket prices range from 230 for stage-side seats to 38 for the upper balcony, Emma Entertainment, one of the concert organizers, said in a statement Friday.
Western stars such as Elton John and the Black Eyed Peas have performed in Shanghai in recent months. The Stones' concert was considered the most lavish and high-profile rock show ever staged in the communist state.
Yet while such appearances point to Shanghai's increasingly affluent and cosmopolitan profile, they also underscore some enduring limitations.
Most of the audience members at the concerts have been expatriates because many Chinese remain unfamiliar with such stars or are unwilling to pay high ticket prices.
Meanwhile, China's conservative culture czars still call the shots. They ordered the Stones to strike three songs from their set list due to sexual content and canceled permission for an October concert by Jay-Z, citing a need to protect local hip-hop fans from nasty lyrics.
Judge considers removalof 'Salsa queen' executor
NEWARK, N.J. -- A New Jersey judge next month will consider whether to remove one of the executors handling the affairs of the late Celia Cruz, a singer beloved as the "Queen of Salsa."
The hearing is to be held in response to charges by the executor that co-executor Luis Falcon has been spending money intended for Cruz's husband, ailing trumpeter Pedro Knight.
In addition to scheduling the Feb. 9 hearing, Superior Court Judge Peter E. Doyne last week appointed a New York lawyer to represent Knight's interests as guardian.
Falcon has drained funds from accounts for Knight, made "extravagant expenditures" and failed to account for transfers of more than 1 million from Cruz's estate, according to a lawsuit filed by co-executor Omer Pardillo, of Cliffside Park.
In addition, Falcon is exercising improper influence over Knight, who is 85 and suffering from dementia, the lawsuit claimed. After Cruz died in 2003, Knight moved to California with Falcon, the lawsuit said.
Cruz rose to fame in the 1950s with Afro-Cuban group La Sonora Matancera, but left Cuba after the 1959 revolution. The Grammy-winning performer recorded over 70 albums.
Anastasio pleads innocentto drug possession charge
WHITEHALL, N.Y. -- Trey Anastasio made a surprise appearance in an upstate New York court this week and pleaded not guilty to a drug possession charge that a prosecutor said could be bumped up to a felony.
The 42-year-old former Phish frontman didn't speak to reporters after his brief arraignment on misdemeanor charges of drug possession and driving under the influence of drugs.
Anastasio was pulled over by Whitehall police who spotted his car weaving across a rural road early on the morning of Dec. 15. Police said they found quantities of prescription painkillers and an anti-anxiety drug that hadn't been prescribed for him.
Anastasio is free on his own recognizance and due back in court on Feb. 14.
The guitarist lives in Richmond, Vt., and has been performing solo since Phish broke up in 2004.
Today's birthdays
Author William Peter Blatty is 79. Pop musician Paul Revere is 69. Magazine publisher Jann Wenner is 61. Singer Kenny Loggins is 59. Singer-songwriter Marshall Chapman is 58. Actress Erin Gray is 57. Actor Sammo Hung is 55. Actor David Caruso is 51. "CBS Evening News" anchor Katie Couric is 50. Country singer David Lee Murphy is 48. Rock musician Kathy Valentine (The Go-Go's) is 48. Actor David Marciano is 47. Actress Hallie Todd is 45. Actor Nicolas Cage is 43. Singer-songwriter John Ondrasik (Five for Fighting) is 42. Country singer-musician John Rich is 33. Actor Dustin Diamond is 30.

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