Fleetwood Meets Lexus
Fleetwood Mac channeled the good old days (i.e., the 1970s) and jammed for more than 90 minutes Thursday night at the Warner Theatre.
Missed it? Don't feel too bad. Unless you were one of the top 200 Lexus dealers in the country, you weren't invited. Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood and John McVie were the surprise entertainment as part of the annual dealers meeting. The luxe crowd swayed in their seats along to "Landslide," "Go Your Own Way," "Stand Back" and the Bill Clinton-era anthem, "Don't Stop."
"Our journey has been a long and mostly estranged one," Buckingham told the audience, "but the point is, we're here." After Nicks (yes, gloved and with scarves and shawls a-flowing) and Buckingham thanked the crowd and exited stage right, drummer Fleetwood told the dealers: "I watch your showrooms with envy." We also hear that before the gang left Washington yesterday afternoon, it ordered $300 worth of burgers and fries from Five Guys.
A Split Vote for R. Kelly
The decision to have R. Kelly headline a benefit concert last night as part of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's annual Legislative Conference raised eyebrows all week.
The concert -- sponsored by the spouses of the CBC -- was held to raise money for scholarships for young people, but some found it in poor taste to promote a man facing 14 child pornography charges in Chicago. Kelly has pleaded not guilty. "I would not have invited R. Kelly," Rep. William Jefferson (D-La.), the CBC Foundation's chairman, told the Associated Press.
Kelly's camp appeared unaffected by the scrutiny. Spokesman Allan Mayer said, "Legislators should know more than most that you're innocent until proven guilty."
Jacquelin Dennis, director of the CBC Spouses, made no apologies, releasing a statement Thursday that said: "We are confident that [Kelly's] performance will help us achieve our goal to educate the next generation of leaders."
John Ritter's widow and daughter are suing a Burbank, Calif., hospital for wrongful death and medical malpractice, claiming Ritter was "misdiagnosed," which led to an "untimely death." The actor died last year shortly after he collapsed on the set of his ABC series "8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter" . . . If you thought you saw Hollywood star Jamie Foxx at Camelot Show Bar on M Street on Thursday afternoon, indeed you did . . . And to any ladies planning to be in Bethesda tomorrow morning -- specifically in front of the Barnes & Noble -- beware of getting ambushed. We hear Fox's "Ambush Makeover" is going to be combing the streets for a woman who, um, isn't looking her best. So dress accordingly.
-- Compiled by Anne Schroeder
from staff and wire reports