Terry intended to sell concert tickets to contributors for $1,500 apiece or $2,500 per couple, according to the Omaha World-Herald. He has canceled plans to attend the concert but will still host a dinner for contributors, his campaign said.
The paper quoted Terry as saying, "I like live music, and I admit it, I like Madonna." (Don't we all?)
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And in another rock-related policy development, Bruce Springsteen is using his Web site to circulate Al Gore's strident criticisms of George Bush.
The Boss tells fans: "A few weeks ago at N.Y.U., Al Gore gave one of the most important speeches I've heard in a long time. . . . It's my pleasure to reprint it here for my fans." Through a rep, Springsteen declined our requests for further comment.
Annals of Puffery
An occasional verbatim press release
"As we have found in recent days, former President Ronald Reagan was not only well respected for his diplomacy and foreign policy. He was respected as a gentleman: a suave, well-spoken gentleman, who knew exactly what to say at any given moment. . . . Speaking in public and social situations has always topped the list of America's fears. . . . Don Gabor can help.
"Gabor, author of 'How to Start a Conversation and Make Friends' and 'How to Talk to People You Love,' is the premier expert to help Americans with their most commonly made mistakes in conversation . . ."
With Anne Schroeder