But How's the Guitar?

Dave Matthews will be playing hurt--and probably with a new guitar--when he performs at a sold-out concert this weekend in Virginia Beach.

The namesake of the Dave Matthews Band suffered two broken ribs in a bizarre grape-catching accident during some late-night horseplay in Boston last week, said publicist Ambrosia Healy.

"It was just a silly accident," Healy said. "They were throwing grapes and catching them in their mouths."

She said Matthews fell back in his chair trying to catch a grape and landed on his guitar.

"He was in pain, but he totally rocked," she said. "He would never let something like this get in his way."

Also on the injury front: John F. Kennedy Jr. is in full hobble after breaking an ankle Memorial Day weekend while participating in an undisclosed athletic activity on Martha's Vineyard.

'Squiggy' Reveals His MS

David Lander, a k a Squiggy on the sitcom "Laverne & Shirley," has multiple sclerosis.

Lander was diagnosed with the often-crippling nerve disease 15 years ago and is revealing his illness now to help others with the disease.

"I just figured that if people can see me, and see that I'm working--I guess I call it 'fighting' MS--maybe I can do some good," he said.

Lander played Andrew "Squiggy" Squiggman on "Laverne & Shirley" during its 1976-83 run on ABC and was diagnosed with the disease shortly after the series came to an end.

He Feels Good

The Godfather of Soul has donated $4,000 so that his hometown can buy 1,000 gun locks and give them away to gun owners.

James Brown wrote the check after being approached by Augusta, Ga., Mayor Bob Young, who said he got the idea after seeing the success of a gun lock giveaway in Hendersonville, Tenn.

"It was not a hard sell at all because Mr. Brown is concerned about kids and he loves this community," Young said.

Gun owners in Augusta now will be able to pick up free locks for their firearms in what city officials say is the first program of its kind in the state.

End Notes

Bono of the rock band U2 met with World Bank officials at its D.C. headquarters yesterday. His cause is forgiving the national debts of the world's poorest countries. . . . The Los Angeles County coroner has identified remains found in a ravine as those of former Iron Butterfly bass player Philip "Taylor" Kramer, who disappeared four years ago amid a slew of conspiracy theories, among them that he was abducted by America's enemies and imprisoned in cyberspace. The skeletal remains were identified Thursday through dental records. The cause of death had not yet been determined. Hikers found the remains last Saturday inside a wrecked van in the bottom of a California ravine. . . . Her Majesty Queen Noor was more proud mom than Jordan's queen yesterday when her son Hashem Bin Al Hussein, 18, graduated from the Maret School. The queen gave the commencement remarks and shook hands with all the graduates after they received their diplomas. Her son, of course, got kisses.

CAPTION: Queen Noor kisses son Hashem Bin Al Hussein at yesterday's Maret School graduation.