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Tuesday, 3 December, 2002, 16:26 GMT
Midnight Oil singer quits
The lead singer of Australian rock band Midnight Oil has quit to concentrate on environmental activism.

Peter Garrett, who is president of the Australian Conservation Foundation and an adviser to Greenpeace, fronted the band for 25 years.

"It is time for me to move on and immerse myself in those things which are of deep concern to me and which I have been unable to fully apply myself to up to now," he said.

The band had their biggest UK hit in 1989 with Beds Are Burning. The remaining members said they would continue making music "in another guise at some point down the track".


The Doors postpone reunion

A new formation of seminal rock band The Doors has been forced to postpone its first shows because the drummer has broken his arm.

Original members Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger were due to perform on Sunday with The Cult singer Ian Astbury and former Police drummer Stuart Copeland.

But Copeland was injured when he fell off his bicycle on a path near his Los Angeles home during the Thanksgiving holiday.

The Doors' original drummer John Densmore was ruled out of the reunion by severe tinnitus.


Swedish star dies

Bruno Wintzell, a Swedish opera singer, actor and ex-husband of Goldie Hawn, has died after a long battle with cancer.

Wintzell, who was 58, was one of the stars of Swedish musical theatre.

"He was waiting to have a stem cell operation when... pneumonia set in," his sister Goeta Wintzell said.

He was married to Hawn for two years in the 1970s and starred with her in the film The Girl from Petrovka.


Stones scrum for tickets

The Rolling Stones launched a ticket frenzy by announcing their first UK gig in four years, at the Twickenham rugby stadium.

The gig will be on 23 August and will be part of their 40th anniversary Licks tour.

But the band will also play to smaller gigs at Wembley Arena on 29 August and the London Astoria on 27 August.

The last time the band played in the UK, in 1999, they also played a rare club date at London's Shepherd's Bush Empire.


Carey plans to 'live life'

Singer Mariah Carey has pledged to "live life" and enjoy herself after suffering a string of setbacks over the last year.

Carey, 32, had been panned for her role in the film Glitter and was widely rumoured to have attempted suicide last year.

Her father also died last July.

Carey has denied she tried to commit suicide, and told the Sunday Mirror Magazine that she was not taking herself too seriously anymore.

She appears in a new film, Wisegirls, where she plays a drug-dealing waitress.


Bo Derek cancels charity speech

Bo Derek has been slated by an animal charity wich claimed she refused to speak at a fund-raising gala but did not refund her fee.

The group, Mainline Rescue, said it paid her over $15,000 to soeak at a gala two weeks after the 11 September attack last year.

After asking her to reschedule, the group asked her to refund the money but say she refused. The group says it needs the money to pay for animal shelters

The 10 actress defended herslef by saying she had given the fee to another charity.


De Niro premieres film for troops

Film star Robert De Niro has show the premiere for his new film Analyze That at a military base in Florida.

He will show the film to 1500 troops at the MacDill Air Force Base in Florida two days before it hits US cinemas.

The film, which stars De Niro and comedian Billy Crystal, is the first in a series of military premieres planned by De Niro's porduction company TriBeca Films.

The screening is on Wednesday.

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