Sunday, October 14, 2001
Piano-playing Hornsby suffers broken wrist
Grammy-winning pianist Bruce Hornsby is hoping a broken wrist won't prevent him from making scheduled performances.
The Williamsburg, Va., resident was bicycling with his family late last month in Virginia Beach when he collided with one of his twin sons.
"I went flying over the handlebars," Hornsby said Friday. "My whole left side got banged up."
Wearing a cast, the 46-year-old performed the next night at a fund-raiser for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Warner.
Hornsby, who wrote "The Way It Is," hopes to shed the cast in three weeks.
"On Nov. 3, I'm supposed to play the national anthem for Michael Jordan's first home game" with the Washington Wizards, he said.
Greenwood wants U.S.A. to move past anger
Lee Greenwood knows his songs, particularly "God Bless the U.S.A.," are stirring passion after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, but he doesn't want them to be sung in anger against people of different cultures or faiths.
"We're starting to turn the page on anger," he said. "Once we've buried all the dead, it's time to move forward as a nation."
Greenwood sang his signature song Friday night in Norfolk, Va., as the Navy town launched its annual Fleet Week on the first anniversary of the terrorist bombing that killed 17 sailors aboard the destroyer USS Cole.
"I've been waving the flag a long time," Greenwood said before his performance. "Now I am trying to help Americans keep their chins up. I'm very proud to be in Norfolk."
Give peace a chance, McCartney tells Yoko
Paul McCartney has urged Yoko Ono that "there's still time" to mend a rift between the two over the Beatles song "Yesterday," according to a magazine interview.
McCartney revealed earlier this year that he and John Lennon's widow had argued over the writing credit to the song during the making of the Beatles "Anthology" album.
"Yesterday," like most of the Beatles songs, was officially credited to McCartney and John Lennon.
But McCartney maintains none of the other Beatles had anything to do with the song. He said in May that he asked Ono to put his name first on the credit, but she refused.
"It actually is one of the reasons that we're not the greatest of friends," McCartney told Reader's Digest. "But if you're reading this, Yoko, there's still time."