Wednesday, February 19, 2003

McCartney back on the road

London -- Beatles fans received a double treat Tuesday with announcements of a new world tour by Paul McCartney and the release of a DVD of a 1994 jam session by McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison.

Seven dates in April have been announced for the "Back in the World" tour of England, France, Spain, Germany and Scandinavia.

The world tour follows McCartney's 2002 "Back In The U.S." tour.

Fans also will be able to buy a DVD of the reunion performance by McCartney, Starr and Harrison that was filmed in 1994. The band broke up in 1970.

Harrison died in November 2001 after a long battle with cancer. Beatle John Lennon was shot dead in New York in 1980.

The hourlong DVD is due to be released at the end of March.

'Bachelor' gets cooking

Springfield, Mo. -- Aaron Buerge, the star of ABC's romance-reality series "The Bachelor," is concentrating on his new restaurant now that he and Helene Eksterowicz have called off their engagement.

Buerge's darling these days is Trolley's Downtown Bar and Grille in Springfield. He and three friends opened the restaurant to a sold-out crowd of 140 on Valentine's Day.

"It's kind of funny because most people who approach me just want to tell me who their favorite was on the show," he said. "People are usually apologetic that it didn't work out."

Buerge, 28, wouldn't dish on his breakup with the grade-school psychologist; he's saving details for an ABC special Thursday.

Laughter therapy

New York -- Self-help guru Dr. Phil proved to David Letterman that he can dish it out as well as take it.

Making a guest appearance on Letterman's show Monday, Phil McGraw pulled out a note card and read off the list of names he's been called during the late night talk show host's relentless ribbing over the past few months.

"Pinhead," "evil genius" and "half-baked quack" were among the nicer ones.

McGraw proved he had a sense of humor -- and that he could give as good as he got.

He said he had a few openings on his show for Letterman next week. "We're going to do neurotics next Tuesday," he said. "We're going to do psychotics next Thursday and Friday."

Blake gives '20-20' interview

Los Angeles -- It came at the expense of two defense attorneys and a court battle, but Robert Blake got to tell his side of a real-life crime story to Barbara Walters.

The jailhouse interview lasted about 2 1/2 hours, and the segment is to air Feb. 28 on ABC's "20/20."

Blake, 69, the former "Baretta" 1970s television star, has pleaded innocent to charges he murdered his wife, 44-year-old Bonny Lee Bakley, in 2001.

The interview Monday came after two of Blake's defense attorneys, Harland Braun and Jennifer L. Keller, quit his case as they disagreed with their client over whether he should grant any TV interviews.