Janet Jackson cancels her European tour
Plus, news about Sharon Stone, Blink-182, Ben Affleck, ''The West Wing,'' Rupert Everett, Sylvester Stallone, Jenny McCarthy, Kate Winslet, and others
SOUND BITES The terror attacks have led Janet Jackson to scrap the European leg of her much-plagued ”All For You” tour. ”If anything happened to anyone on this tour, I could never forgive myself,” Jackson said in a statement released in London. ”Like most people, the events of Sept. 11 have troubled me enormously, and I remain concerned about the foreseeable future.” She’ll refund all tickets purchased for the European tour, which was to have run from October 31 to December 17. Jackson had already postponed several American shows due to health problems including a bout of flu and emergency dental surgery.
Jackson is not the only artist to cancel a European tour; Weezer were supposed to visit the continent next week but have also decided to stay home. Blink-182, however, will play in Europe in November as scheduled. Major tours in the United States are still on, including shows by Aerosmith, Backstreet Boys, Bob Dylan, Maxwell, Britney Spears (who is donating a dollar from each ticket to the relief effort), Rod Stewart, and U2, who recently added 11 American dates and sold them all out….
HEALTH WATCH Sharon Stone was suffering from such severe headaches on Saturday that her husband, San Francisco Chronicle executive editor Phil Bronstein took her to a Bay Area hospital, where doctors diagnosed a tiny brain aneurysm. Doctors did not consider it a serious enough problem to require treatment, however. Stone, 43, ”will be hospitalized for observation for the rest of the week,” her publicist said. ”Doctors expect no further problems or complications. She is resting comfortably.”
SOUND BITES Grace Slick had long since left Jefferson Starship and quit performing when she announced a couple years ago that, at 60, she was too old to rock. But since the events of September 11, she’s changed her tune. She performed with the band for the first time in 14 years this weekend at a rock festival in Long Beach, Calif., and she showed up covered head-to-toe in a traditionally modest Muslim woman’s outfit. Then she unwrapped the garment to reveal the lining, a stars and stripes design embroidered with a personal statement: ”Fuck Fear.” She told fans, ”The outfit is not about Islam, it’s about repression; this flag is not about politics, it’s about liberty.” The group sang its ’60s anthem ”Volunteers” (from back when it was Jefferson Airplane) and brought four Los Angeles firefighters on stage. Slick also got the festival’s other performers, including George Thorogood & the Destroyers, Dennis Quaid, and the Spencer Davis Group, to autograph her painted portrait of Janis Joplin kneeling on an American flag, which she’ll auction off on the Internet, sending the proceeds to the Red Cross.
LEGAL BRIEFS Fresh out of rehab, Ben Affleck was busted for speeding in Georgia last Wednesday. He was headed toward Macon in a black Cadillac, with brother Casey Affleck and Casey’s girlfriend, when he was pulled over and cited with driving 114 miles per hour in a 70 mph zone. He was taken to the county jail, where he paid a bond of $1,114 and was released after 20 minutes. He was not arrested, and no further action against him is expected. Maybe he was just rehearsing for ”Changing Lanes,” an upcoming movie with Samuel L. Jackson that’s about an incident of road rage….