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Posted at 06:12 PM ET, 05/13/2011

Names and Faces: Dylan clears up Chinese ‘censorship’; Perry back to rehab


Bob Dylan performing with his band in Beijing last month. (AP/ File)

After Bob Dylan’s concert in Beijing last month, critics accused him of playing it safe with the Chinese government by allowing censors to vet his set list. On Friday, Dylan set the record straight online.

“As far as censorship goes, the Chinese government had asked for the names of the songs that I would be playing. There’s no logical answer to that, so we sent them the set lists from the previous 3 months,” he wrote in a note posted to his website. “If there were any songs, verses or lines censored, nobody ever told me about it and we played all the songs that we intended to play.”

Once that was cleared up, Dylan shifted gears, imploring fans to take up the quill and write a book. A book about him. “Everybody knows by now that there’s a gazillion books on me either out or coming out in the near future,” wrote Dylan, 69. “So I’m encouraging anybody who’s ever met me, heard me or even seen me, to get in on the action and scribble their own book. You never know, somebody might have a great book in them.”

Perry back in rehab

Former “Friends” star Matthew Perry, 41, is heading back into treatment, People reports. Perry has battled alcohol and painkiller addiction over the years; this will be his third trip to recovery, after stints in 1997 and 2001.

“I’m making plans to go away for a month to focus on my sobriety and to continue my life in recovery,” Perry said in a statement. “Please enjoy making fun of me on the World Wide Web.”

Auctioning that royal hat

The most striking image from the royal wedding might have been Wills and Kate’s first kiss, but coming in a narrow second: Princess Beatrice’s hat. It’s hard to describe what it looked like, exactly, but if you put guitar strings on it, Prince would probably be willing to play it in concert. And now, that hat can be yours.

On Wednesday, during an appearance on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” the princess announced that she intended to auction the far-out headgear on eBay, with proceeds going to benefit UNICEF.

Designed by renowned London milliner Philip Treacy, the hat’s not cheap. As of Friday afternoon, bidding was up to £5,900.00 (or almost $9,600)

Spotted: Tom Ridge at Dupont Circle’s Lucky Bar on Wednesday. The former secretary of Homeland Security showed up about 5:30 p.m. and hunkered down on the patio for most of Happy Hour. Our source says he left a big tip.

Expecting: “Austin Powers” jokester Mike Myers, and wife Kelly Tisdale. The “Saturday Night Live” alum will be a first-time dad at age 47, reports Page 6.

Married: Kings of Leon singer Caleb Followill wed Victoria’s Secret model Lily Aldridge in a Santa Barbara, Calif., ceremony on Thursday night, Us Weekly reports. Followill, 29, and Aldridge, 25, began dating in 2007, after meeting at the Coachella Music Festival.

By Aaron Leitko  |  06:12 PM ET, 05/13/2011

 
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