ARAB TIMES, SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2011
to rock Kabul
KABUL, Oct 1, (RTRS): Afghans
are used to having their days bro-
ken by a burst of gunfire or the
boom of an explosion. But the bar-
rage of drumming, bass beats and
amped-up guitar solos that will hit
the city next week may stop many
in their tracks.
Sound Central, a one-day
“stealth festival” that organizers
hope will draw 1,000 to 2,000
young Afghans, will be the first
music festival the country has seen
since it plunged into three decades
of violence in
the late 1970s.
metal to blues
rock will be
have flown in
West Central Asia
— Iran to
Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan.
The music will almost certainly
be a new experience for most of
the audience in a country where
people seeking a change from tra-
ditional Afghan music tend to lis- La Toya Jackson in glasses arrives for day four of the trial of her brother Michael Jackson’s doctor on Sept 30 in Los Angeles. (Inset): Katherine (2nd left) and Joe Jackson (right) also seen arriving for
ten to western pop or sound-tracks day four of the trial. (AFP)
from India’s big-hit Bollywood
“The real bottom-line aim of this
festival is to ignite youth to be
interested in modern music,” said
organizer Travis Beard, who dreamt
up the festival four years ago, and
has been working on it in earnest
for the last two years. Paramedics thought they could save MJ
“What we are trying to do is to
expose them to new kinds of music
so they can get into those styles of
music, and also just start playing
music. Hopefully we’ll get some
kids saying ‘Hey this is really cool!
Dad can I get a drum set?’ or ‘Mum
Judge issues gag order in trial
can I get a guitar’,” Beard said.
Beard is an Australian who first LOS ANGELES, Oct 1, (Agencies): That raised the ire of Pastor, who a fol but denies involuntary manslaugh- revealed a few details about his
came to Afghanistan as a news pho- The judge in the manslaughter trial of day earlier instructed attorneys to ter. His lawyers have argued that actions, saying he had only given
tographer five years ago, joined a Michael Jackson’s doctor issued a rein in their comments to the media. Jackson caused his own death by giv- Jackson a dose of the sedative
band in Kabul and rediscovered his sharply worded gag order for attor- On Friday, Pastor told defense attor- ing himself an extra dose of propofol, lorazepam to help him sleep.
love of music “after many years neys on Friday and ordered one of neys he found the “Today” show mixed with prescription sedatives, In addition, there were bottles of
away.” them to return for a possible con- appearance “shocking,” according to without Murray’s knowledge. medicine on Jackson’s nightstand,
As he started to meet Afghan tempt hearing after he appeared on a a court transcript. In trying to prove Murray’s negli- and Murray finally offered that he
musicians, he got involved in sup- Singer Fergie of the group Black TV show telling details about the Argument gence, prosecutors have spent much was treating the singer for dehydra-
porting them — with instruments or Eyed Peas is seen performing during case. of this first week creating a timeline tion and exhaustion.
a place to practice — and the festi- Judge Michael Pastor’s order came Murray’s defense lawyer, Ed between when Jackson stopped Senneff said Murray never men-
Black Eyed Peas ‘Concert 4 NYC’ at
val was inspired by the community Central Park, Great Lawn in New at midday on Friday, the fourth day Chernoff, argued that even though breathing and Murray called for help. tioned that he had also been giving
they formed. York on Sept 30. (AP) of the widely watched trial in which Alford was part of his law firm, he During those precious minutes, pros- Jackson doses of the anesthetic
Experimental prosecutors are trying to prove Dr was not directly a member of ecutors claim Murray was trying to propofol and other sedatives, a key
Conrad Murray was responsible for Murray’s defense team and was cover up evidence of Jackson’s use of omission that prosecutors say shows
With that in mind, he organized speaking as a private citizen. Pastor
not only the day-long festival, but a the drug overdose that caused the pop the anesthetic propofol, which ulti- he repeatedly tried to conceal his
star’s death on June 25, 2009. did not seem to accept that argument mately caused the singer’s death. actions during the struggle to save
week of workshops for Afghan and ordered Alford to return to his
musicians, and underground pre- Prosecutors brought to the court- Revive the pop superstar.
room paramedics who responded to a court for a later hearing on possible Prosecutors contend the Houston-
festival concerts for all the bands at
the festival to play more experi- call for help on that day, as well as contempt proceedings. The first call for help was received based cardiologist repeatedly lied to
mental music to a committed other witnesses, to try to prove Also in Friday’s testimony, para- at 12:22 pm, paramedics arrived at medics and emergency room doctors
crowd. Murray was negligent in his care and medics who rushed to the singer’s 12:26 pm and made it to Jackson’s about medications he had been giv-
They are also holding onto the covered up Jackson’s use of the anes- bedside told jurors they were initially bedroom a minute later, working ing Jackson in the singer’s bedroom.
amplifiers, graphic equalizers, thetic propofol, which was the princi- optimistic he might live because they feverishly to revive Jackson. They claim Murray administered a
drum kits and guitars that have pal cause of Jackson’s death. arrived within five minutes of being Senneff testified he was on the fatal dose of propofol and other seda-
been flown into Afghanistan for But the day’s bombshell came with called. But they soon saw Jackson phone with doctors at a nearby hospi- tives.
Sound Central, aiming to turn the Winehouse Twain Pastor’s gag order, which followed was unresponsive. tal and they recommended at 12:57 pm Defense lawyers claim Jackson
festival into a yearly event and an appearance by defense attorney “I knew that we got there very, that Jackson be declared dead. Murray gave himself the fatal dose after his
make it easier for kids who are Matthew Alford on NBC’s morning very quickly. It meant we’d have a demanded that Jackson be taken to the doctor left the room.
interested in rock to start playing Variety talk show “Today.” good chance of restarting the heart if hospital for further treatment. Another paramedic dispatched to
the rest of the year. “The attorneys for the parties in that was the issue,” said paramedic The first week of testimony in the the room, Martin Blount, agreed. He
“I live in Herat, which is an old this case ... are ordered not to com- Richard Senneff. involuntary manslaughter trial of told jurors that they thought Jackson
city and the people are too tradi- LOS ANGELES: Tony Bennett told Jon ment to anyone outside of their But Senneff said he quickly realized Murray has wrapped up and was cen- was dead soon after they arrived in
tional,” said Masoud Hasan Zada, a Stewart on “The Daily Show” that his respective teams either directly or Jackson had been down for more than tered on his actions the day Jackson the room.
full-time journalist and part-time “Duets” partner Amy Winehouse knew indirectly regarding any aspects of five minutes. “His skin was very cool died. Blount also said he saw three open
lead singer of blues-rock band her alcohol addiction was going to kill this case, whether orally or in writ- to the touch,” Senneff said. “When I Jurors have heard from witnesses bottles of lidocaine on the floor of the
Morcha, or “The Ants.” her, when she recorded with him earlier ing,” Pastor said in court. took a first glance at him, his eyes, who were on the scene, including room but noted that Murray never
He spent a week in Kabul at the this year. they were open and his pupils were Jackson staffers and paramedics, dur-
workshops, learning everything Bennett, who has the number-one Alford said on “Today” that one mentioned giving Jackson the
from online marketing to stage album in the country with his “Duets II” witness had changed his testimony dilated. When I hooked up the EKG ing the panicked final moments of painkiller. He told jurors he saw the
presence — something Beard says collaborations, praised the late several times. He also declared that machine, it was flatlined.” the pop star’s life. doctor scoop up the vials and drop
is particularly hard for musicians Winehouse, who died July 23. He said she Jackson was addicted to propofol. Murray admits administering propo- Senneff also testified, Murray them in a black bag.
who are talented but grew up in a was a great singer in the tradition of
culture that frowns on exhibition- Dinah Washington.
ism. But he also said that during his Abbey But Twain, appearing via video link Palumbo. that “Taxi” and “Grease” star actor Jeff Conaway struggled publicly with his
In a country where music was Road studio session with Winehouse last from an undisclosed location in Europe, “I still have the fear and anxiety of Conaway’s May 27 death was accidental addictions on “Celebrity Rehab with Dr
banned for years under the austere March, where they recorded the pop stan- didn’t see it that way. being contacted in the future by Palumbo. and caused by major internal infection.
dard “Body and Soul,” the pop diva was Drew.”
Taliban regime, music stores are so troubled by her alcohol addiction that
“I’m torn emotionally because I have And I do want it to stop,” she said. Los Angeles County coroner Craig Conaway, who had repeated back sur-
attacked in some cities, and some of compassion for anybody who’s reaching For the second day in a row, the Harvey says coroners did not conduct a geries for an injury, blamed his drug
she knew she wasn’t going to live much
the Afghan musicians playing have longer. out in need — fans often do that,” she process seemed to become too much for toxicology test because Conaway had
abuse, in part, on his lingering back prob-
had to shut down their websites or “She was in trouble at that time ... What said. “I feel very sad ... and awkward hav- Palumbo, who was clad on Friday in a been hospitalized for weeks prior to his
ing to go through these very personal mat- death, so his blood would have come back lem.
even cut their hair because of social people didn’t realize at that time, she really rumpled black suit and navy slip-on
pressure, the festival is a daring ters with Palumbo because it’s such an clean. Conaway was known for playing vain,
knew, and in fact I didn’t really know it sneakers. (AP)
venture. invasion of his privacy.” However, Harvey says when Conaway struggling actor Bobby Wheeler on “Taxi”
when we were making the record ... She ❑ ❑ ❑ and Kenicke, the swaggering best friend
Security concerns means publici- knew she was in a lot of trouble, that she However, Twain said nothing she heard entered the hospital May 10, opiates and
ty has been mostly word of mouth, wasn’t gonna’ live. And it wasn’t drugs. It at the trial made her feel differently about LOS ANGELES: An autopsy has ruled other drugs were in his system. of John Travolta in “Grease.” (AP)
and the date has been kept deliber- was alcohol,” Bennett said. (RTRS)
ately vague. Messages revealing ❑ ❑ ❑
the time and venue will go out to
TORONTO: Canadian country star
Star turns 60
music fans only on the morning of
the event. Shania Twain testified Friday that she
“Much as they see in the news
that there is a lot of troubles here, a
has compassion for a man accused of
stalking her but remains concerned that he
will continue to pursue her.
Sting wants 25 more yrs of music
lot of the youth here just want to Giovanni Palumbo has been charged
have some fun, just want to express with three counts of failure to comply NEW YORK, Oct 1, (AP): At 85, Tony sell multiple multiplatinum albums —
themselves through the arts, with a court order and criminal harass- Bennett released an album that debuted and overall, he is the owner of 16
whether it be music or any other ment. at No. 1 on the Billboard albums chart Grammy Awards.
type of arts,” he said. He had pleaded not guilty earlier this this week. Sting, who turns 60 on This week he released “Sting: 25
The crowds may still be relative- week but after listening to testimony Sunday, is hoping he Years,” his 3-disc greatest hits set. On
ly small, but at the underground Friday from Twain, Palumbo’s lawyer told will still be going Oct 18, he will release “Sting: The Best
concerts leading up to the festival, court that his client would plead guilty to strong at 85, too. of 25 Years,” which features 12 remas-
there were already a few die-hard both charges. “Hopefully the tered tracks from his solo career.
fans. Lawyer Gary Barnes said that hearing next 25 years will be Sting says he has no plans to release a
The crowd was a mix of hip Twain’s heartfelt testimony stirred a reve- the same if I have it,” new album, though he says he is a writ-
young Afghans, one in a pair of lation in Palumbo. the Rock and Roll ing a musical-play “based on my home-
Kanye West glasses, and a few “He realized: ‘My God, I have upset Hall of Famer said of town in the north of England. It’s about
expats. They roared back at her, and her,’” Barnes told reporters after court had his own success. “I shipbuilding.” It will be directed by
then started dancing, hard, to the adjourned for the day. couldn’t live without Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner
music. The former Ottawa doctor allegedly music. I’d rather play
sent Twain a series of letters, made Brian Yorkey.
“This is the first time I’m watch- music or die.” Bennett Sting will also launch his “Back to
ing music live, the first time in unwanted visits to her family cottage in Sting is celebrat-
Ontario and even attended her grand- Bass Tour” on Oct 21 in Boston.
Kabul we’ve had something like ing 25 years as solo artist; in the late He’s playing the bass with a small
this,” says breathless 22 year-old mother’s funeral before being arrested at a
Canadian awards ceremony this year. 1970s he debuted as the leader of The band on the tour.
Asil Ahmad. Before he pleaded guilty Friday, Barnes Police, scoring massive hits with songs “I just did the 200-date tour with this
“It’s one of the most unforget- said during Twain’s cross-examination like “Every Breath You Take” and symphony orchestra, so I just wanted to
table nights.” that Palumbo simply didn’t realize that In this Sept 22, 2011 file photo, 2011 Clinton Global Citizen Award recipient “Every Little Thing She Does Is throw a curve at that and do something
Twain wasn’t interested. Sting performs at the Clinton Global Initiative awards dinner in New York. (AP) Magic.” As a solo singer, he went on to like I used to,” he said.