OH, GROW UP!
Singer/songwriter Ryan Adams, 27, is a self-described tortured soul who recounts the minutiae of his romantic failings in harrowing biographical songs. Singer/songwriter Bryan Adams, 43, is a sunny Canadian whose songs are crafted with lapidary precision for Top 40 radio and the playlist of wedding bands. Apparently some of Ryan's more puerile fans find the similarity of their names an irresistible opportunity for humor. At a recent Ryan Adams concert in Nashville, Tenn., a fan shouted out a request for Summer of '69, a Bryan Adams song. Get it? Ryan stopped playing, insisted the lights be turned on, unleashed a torrent of expletives, dug $30 out of his pocket to give the man a "refund," then refused to start playing again until the man was banished from the venue. The fan was intercepted by the general manager and relocated to a balcony. Which raises the question: Who's more immature, Ryan Adams or his fans?
Yankee, Come Here
Former politicians are supposed to retire to lucrative consulting jobs in white-shoe offices. Rudy Giuliani has got the lucrative part down, but he has agreed to reimmerse himself in the same urban mayhem he faced and tamed as mayor of New York City. Giuliani and his consulting firm have been hired by Mexico City to help combat its alarming incidence of murders, kidnappings and drug trafficking. For the effort, the firm will be paid $4.3 million, to be coughed up by wealthy private citizens. Because of the magnitude of the problems confronting the city of 20 million, the expense seems warranted. Ineffective laws, an often corrupt police force and widespread poverty have given the city the second highest crime rate in Latin America after Bogota, Colombia. Rudy, after you clean up Mexico City, there's a pesky problem in Kabul...
WE'RE ON THE LIST
They're the young female scions of two famous and famously controversial families. As such, they have entree into any happening event in any city, and they use it. Their forays are the topic of endless discussion. Here's a look at their social calendars for the past few months--who do you think is having more fun?
NEW YORK at the fashion shows with P. Diddy, above
LOS ANGELES at the Emmys with her family
AUSTRALIA at the ARIA music awards
LOS ANGELES at the MTV Movie Awards, where she made her debut performing Papa Don't Preach
LOS ANGELES at the club The Roxy on the Sunset Strip
VARIOUS frequent strolls with boyfriend Bert McCracken
LONDON at a Gianni Versace retrospective in a museum with Madonna, below
NEW YORK at the premiere of Red Dragon
NEW YORK at a party near the courts during the U.S. Open
NEW YORK at the Broadway musical Hairspray
BERKSHIRE, ENGLAND, at an AIDS fund raiser at the estate of Elton John
VARIOUS frequent strolls with boyfriend Ian Klaus
WE'RE STUCK WITH HIM