Lou Reed recovering from liver transplant
Rock icon Lou Reed is recovering after a life-saving liver transplant in the U.S., according to an interview with his wife published Saturday in a British newspaper.
Laurie Anderson told the Times of London that Reed “was dying” before the operation several weeks ago at Ohio’s Cleveland Clinic.
She said 71-year-old Reed isn’t back to full strength, but “he’s already working and doing tai chi.
“I don’t think he’ll ever totally recover from this, but he’ll certainly be back to doing (things) in a few months,” she said.
“I’m very happy. It’s a new life for him.”
Reed, who has spoken of his past alcohol and drug use, co-founded influential 1960s group the Velvet Underground, whose songs included the addiction-themed “Heroin” and “I’m Waiting for the Man.”
Solo works include “Walk on the Wild Side” and “Perfect Day.”
Sheen to teach at Navajo drama camp
Actor Martin Sheen has an upcoming role in New Mexico: that of mentor at a drama camp for American Indian youth.
The Farmington Daily-Times reports the famed star will be in the Navajo Nation community of Shiprock this week, to help out with a local community camp and series of drama workshops. The “Apocalypse Now” and “Wall Street” star will be working with both children and adults.
Plans are for Sheen to work with the camp’s drama clinic, which will produce a 45-minute video starring Sheen and the children.
Beyonce leads London charity concert
Beyonce and a few famous friends – including John Legend, Jennifer Lopez and Madonna – turned the home of English rugby into a fortress for women’s rights at a star-studded charity concert.
Beyonce headlined a concert at Twickenham rugby stadium in London in support of Chime for Change, a campaign set up to help empower women around the world.
The singer, sporting a slinky leather body suit, had the 50,000-strong crowd in a frenzy when she performed “Crazy In Love” – joined onstage by husband Jay-Z.
“It’s time for change. Let’s chime for change. This is such an incredible night for me,” said the 31-year-old star.
Charity co-founder Salma Hayek Pinault said Beyonce was the best possible ambassador for the cause.
“Do you know that everybody in her band is a girl?” she said. “I mean, talk about woman power.”
The birthday bunch
Actress-singer Sally Kellerman is 76. Actor Ron Ely is 75. Actor Stacy Keach is 72. Rock musician Charlie Watts is 72. Actor Jerry Mathers is 65. Actor Dennis Haysbert is 59. Comedian Dana Carvey is 58. Actor-comedian Wayne Brady is 41. Actor Wentworth Miller is 41. Actress Morena Baccarin is 34.