‘Be perverse’: Johnny Rotten
Former Sex Pistols front man John Lydon told his fans to “be perverse” yesterday ahead of highly-anticipated concerts in the country with his band Public Image Ltd (PiL). Lydon, better known as Johnny Rotten from his days as lead singer of the British punk band in the 1970s, said he would take time out from his gigs in Beijing and Shanghai this weekend to talk to fans. “Be perverse if the fancy takes ya!” he said in a short video message posted on PiL’s official Web site for “PiL fans in China.” The nation’s expanding alternative music scene is eagerly awaiting the arrival of Lydon, who in the past has been forthright in addressing political subjects. Foreign acts invited to perform in the country are usually more mainstream, and potentially less likely to upset authorities by touching on sensitive issues while on stage. The PiL shows follow a concert by British punk-funk act Gang of Four last week that drew dissident artist Ai Weiwei (艾未未) and rock star Cui Jian (崔健), who appeared at the Tiananmen Square protests in 1989 before the army cleared the area in a bloody clampdown. Gang of Four’s name was derived from a political faction in the Chinese Communist Party who served as scapegoats for the decade-long chaos of the Cultural Revolution.
Mom unaware of son’s death
The mother of a boy who was killed on Friday by a falling airport sign remained unconscious in a hospital with her own injuries, still unaware of her loss. Heather Bresette and two of her sons were seriously hurt when the 136kg sign fell at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport in Alabama. She was in serious condition and unconscious after surgeries for broken ankles and a crushed pelvis. “She does not know that her baby is dead,” the family’s priest, the Reverend Don Farnan, said. Luke Bresette, the middle of five children, was killed. His brother, five-year-old Tyler, suffered a concussion. His eight-year-old brother, Sam, had a broken leg and nose. After the sign fell, it took six people to lift it and a dozen people to hold it up while first responders administered aid.
Lawyer suing museum
A lawyer is suing New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, claiming the famed institution is purposely misleading people about how much they have to pay to enter. Like other museums in the city, the Met has what it calls a recommended admissions charge. It is US$25 for adults. However, people do not have to pay that much to get in. They can legally enter the museum for a donation as low as US$0.01. The lawsuit says the museum fails to make this clear. It says the signs and the cashiers make people think they must pay the full US$25.
Single ticket wins millions
A single ticket sold in New Jersey matched all six numbers in Saturday night’s drawing for the US$338.3 million Powerball jackpot, lottery officials said. It was the 13th drawing held in the days since a Virginia man won a US$217 million jackpot on Feb. 6. Thirteen other tickets worth US$1 million each matched all but the final Powerball number on Saturday night. Those tickets were sold in New Jersey and 10 other states. The New Jersey Lottery said on Sunday that details about the winning ticket would be released yesterday, declining to reveal where it had been purchased and whether anyone had immediately come forward.