Billboard Bits: George Harrison, NIN, Wynonna
News on George Harrison, Nine Inch Nails, WynonnaGeorge Harrison's widow has accused her former brother-in-law of stealing Harrison memorabilia, then trying to sell it the day after the former Beatle died. California Superior Court Judge Dzintra I. Janavs on Friday granted a temporary restraining order barring Carl Roles from selling the disputed items. They allegedly include clothing, records, photographs and other items taken from a home owned by Harrison in Los Angeles' Bel-Air section. Harrison died of cancer Nov. 29 at the age of 58.
Olivia Harrison's suit, filed by attorney Robert Chapman, said a private detective working for the Harrison estate bought 10 boxes of personal items from Roles and his wife, Carol. Carl Roles was once married to Linda Arias, Olivia Harrison's sister.
Roles "admitted that the property they were trying to sell was personal property owned by the Harrisons that had been taken from the residence and the property in the late 1970s," Chapman alleged in the suit. Roles denied he tried to sell anything.
Roles said he was married to Arias from 1976 until they divorced in 1984 or 1985, and that he and Arias lived in Harrison's Bel-Air home from 1976 until a flood demolished the property in 1980.
"I was given permission to remove items from the house," Roles said. "I was authorized to rescue items that went into storage. Some of it has been in storage for more than 20 years." A hearing for a permanent injunction will be held Feb. 1, "and we will make attempts to get the property back," Chapman said yesterday (Jan. 15).
Nine Inch Nails will make its first ever instore signing appearance Tuesday (Jan. 22) at the Virgin Megastore in New York's Times Square. That same day, the Trent Reznor-led group's Nothing label will release the concert CD/DVD/VHS "And All That Could Have Been," which documents the tour in support of 1999's chart-topping "The Fragile" album. Fans can reserve a spot in line by reserving a copy of the release, beginning Friday at 9 a.m. ET. No cameras or recording devices will be permitted at the signing.
In conjunction with the event, Virgin Megastores around the worldwide are airing a taped interview with Reznor by journalist Anthony DeCurtis, to be followed by a screening of the DVD.
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Country singer Wynonna Judd will perform this weekend in her hometown of Ashland, Ky., for the reopening of a local arts center. Saturday's (Jan. 19) concert will officially mark the reopening of the Paramount Arts Center after an $8 million renovation.
A dedication ceremony will accompany the concert, which will be the first time Judd has performed in Ashland in several years. Another hometown artist, Julie Reeves, will be the opening performer. Kentucky Gov. Paul Patton and Lt. Gov. Steven Henry are both scheduled to attend. Proceeds from the concert will be used for operating costs and establishing an endowment. A portion of the proceeds also will be designated for charities of Judd's choice, an event organizer said.
On Feb. 3, Wynonna will be seen on Fox television's pre-game Super Bowl coverage, performing Barry Manilow, Yolanda Adams, James Ingram, Patti LaBelle, and Paul McCartney in a salute to America.
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