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People talk 3/7/03

Friday, March 7, 2003

China to get introduction to the Rolling Stones

BEIJING -- The Rolling Stones are coming to China to celebrate their 40th anniversary, but most Chinese don't know Mick, concert organizers said Thursday.

Until this year, not a single disc by the Stones and their lead singer, Mick Jagger, had ever been officially released in the world's most populous nation, said Dai Renzhi, a spokeswoman for EMI Records China. The company released "40 Licks," the Stones' compilation album, in China earlier this year.

Dai spoke at a news conference in Beijing to publicize the band's plan to play their first-ever China shows in April, with one performance in Shanghai and one in Beijing.

Sales of the CD so far have been "good," Dai said, giving no sales figures.

"In the West, their shows sell out in hours or a few days," said Chen Jixin, president of concert organizer Beijing Time New Century Entertainment Co. "But very few people here can name the band members or their best songs."

Rap artist faces felony charge after concert

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Former 2 Live Crew rapper Luther Campbell faces a felony charge after police said he led a sexually charged performance at a Dorchester County nightclub.

An arrest warrant was issued Wednesday for the 42-year-old Florida-based rapper on a charge of presenting or participating in an obscene performance.

The October show reportedly featured naked people on stage at the End Zone nightclub.

Missing Cher wig turned in; charges pending

RICHMOND, Va. -- Police have recovered the teal-and-black wig that was reported stolen from Cher's concert tour.

A woman walked into one of the city police precincts and turned in the braided hairpiece, valued at between $8,000 and $10,000.

The surrender came Tuesday night after a city police employee overheard a man bragging in nearby Chesterfield County that he had the wig and informed Richmond police. The man later told a detective that he had given it to an unknown woman outside the Richmond Coliseum after the Feb. 25 concert.

Police have not released the identities of the two suspects.

"At this point in the investigation, it is believed that these folks were fans," police spokeswoman Christie Collins said. "Part of the investigation is how they got into that room."

Police are holding the wig as evidence. Coliseum Manager Larry W. Wilson Jr. promised the thieves will be prosecuted "to the fullest extent of the law." -- From wire reports


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