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Fans walk out of Pearl Jam concert after antiwar protest

Published Apr. 4, 2003|Updated Sep. 1, 2005

Dozens of fans walked out of a Pearl Jam concert in Denver after lead singer Eddie Vedder took a mask of President Bush and impaled it on a microphone stand.

Several concertgoers booed and shouted Tuesday night for Vedder to shut up as he told the crowd he was against the war and Bush. He impaled the mask during the encore of the band's opening show of a U.S. tour.

"It was like he decapitated someone in a primal ritual and stuck their head on a stick," fan Keith Zimmerman said.

Vedder used a Bush mask in Australia and Japan to perform the song Bushleaguer, from the band's latest album, Riot Act. The lyrics say, "He's not a leader, he's a Texas leaguer."

During the show, Vedder said: "Just to clarify we support the troops.

Chinese troupe cancels Sarasota shows over SARS

A Chinese performance troupe has canceled an upcoming show at the Players Theatre of Sarasota because of the SARS scare, and a Sarasota delegation of artists and public officials planning to travel to China in May could postpone its trip because of SARS and the world situation.

The Guizhou Folk Dancers, Musicians and Acrobats, scheduled to perform at the Players Theatre April 17-20, have, by mutual agreement with the Players, postponed the engagement until October or November.

The cultural exchange trips between Sarasota and the Chinese have been put off because of the outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome in China and other Asian countries.

Cash released from hospital

Johnny Cash was released from a Nashville hospital this week after being treated for pneumonia, a hospital spokeswoman said.

The 71-year-old singer was admitted to Baptist Hospital on March 10. He was released Tuesday night, said spokeswoman Jennifer Jackson.

Cash suffers from autonomic neuropathy, a disease of the nervous system that makes him susceptible to pneumonia. He was diagnosed with the disease about 15 months ago.

John Wayne's oldest son dies

Michael Wayne, the eldest son of late actor John Wayne who helped produce several of his father's films, has died. He was 68.

Wayne died of heart failure Wednesday at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, Calif., following complications from lupus, an immune system disease, publicist Warren Cowan said Thursday.

He was the head of Wayne Enterprises, which owns many of his father's films. Distributing the movies and merchandising his father's image occupied much of Wayne's time.

Among the films Michael Wayne helped produce were Brannigan (1975), The Green Berets (1968), Big Jake (1971) and The Train Robbers (1973).

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Gretchen; his mother, Josephine Alicia Saenz; two brothers; three sisters; five children; and two grandchildren.

_ Information from Times wires and the Bradenton Herald was used in this report.


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