Greenwood: Don’t blame me for canceling show


Greenwood: Don’t blame
me for canceling show

DENVER — Lee Greenwood, who refused to take the stage for a Denver concert in a dispute over his payment, says he hopes his fans don’t blame him. “I’d say they shoul notc be angry at me, they should be angry at the man who put on the show,” the 64-year-old country singer told The Associated Press from Oregon, where he was to appear in concert Thursday night in Salem. Greenwood, best known for “God Bless the USA,” was to be the headliner last Saturday at a concert honoring veterans, police and firefighters. His manager, Jerry Bentley, said the fee was $20,000 but the concert organizer came up with only about $14,000. Bentley said $2,000 of that was a personal check, but the contract specified cash or a cashier’s check. Concert organizer Frank Young disputes that, saying he had $18,000 in cash and a $2,000 check from the Knights of Columbus, a service organization. He said it was “disgraceful” that Greenwood didn’t perform. Greenwood said he has done 18 tours without charge for the military, but the Denver concert was booked as a paid appearance and not a charity concert.

Philbin again fails
to win a Relly Award

NEW YORK — Regis Philbin can’t get a break. The 76-year-old talk-show host was overlooked yet again for the “Best Regis” award during the fifth annual Relly Awards, announced Friday on “Live With Regis and Kelly.” “A loser again — four straight years,” said Philbin. The “Best Regis” category was introduced in 2004. The honors went to Neil Patrick Harris, who was among the show’s guest hosts while Philbin was recovering from triple heart bypass surgery earlier this year. In his acceptance speech, the 34-year-old actor thanked Philbin’s “ticker” for “failing now and again,” giving him a chance to guest host. He also thanked co-host Kelly Ripa for being a “sweet, sweet kisser.” Philbin has also been bested by Darrell Hammond, Jimmy Fallon and Mark Consuelos, who is Ripa’s husband. The Rellys, which include categories such as “Favorite Real Person” and “Best Wild & Wacky,” were created as an antidote to the show’s failure to win a Daytime Emmy. Winners take away “Golden Stools,” a trophy-sized version of the show’s seats for the co-hosts and their guests. The awards are decided by viewer votes.

‘Chuck’ stars raise
money for charity

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — A charity found its good-luck charms in Jessica Alba and Dane Cook, who attended a screening of their new comedy, “Good Luck Chuck,” at a Knoxville theater. Fans paid $75 to see the actors and attend the screening, which raised $260,000 for Variety of Eastern Tennessee, a charity benefiting children with disabilities. Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam proclaimed “Jessica Alba and Dane Cook Day” on Tuesday, and Regal Entertainment Group CEO Mike Campbell unveiled commemorative tiles to be placed at the Walk of Fame at Regal’s Pinnacle 18 theater. “I’ve never had a proclamation except, ‘You’re fired,”’ Cook, 35, told the crowd of about 1,000. “Good Luck Chuck” opened in theaters Friday. Alba, 26, plays Cam, a clumsy penguin-keeper who captures Cook’s heart.

Today’s birthdays

Baseball Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda is 80. Rock singer David Coverdale (Deep Purple, Whitesnake) is 56. Actress Shari Belafonte is 53. Singer Debby Boone is 51. Singer Nick Cave is 50. Rock singer Johnette Napolitano is 50. Opera singer Andrea Bocelli is 49. Singer-musician Joan Jett is 49. Actor Scott Baio is 46. Actor Rob Stone is 45. Rock musician Dave Hernandez (The Shins) is 37. Rhythm-and-blues singer Big Rube (Society of Soul) is 36.

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