ANNOUNCED: Irish rockers U2, R&B singers The O’Jays (“Love Train”), soul balladeer Percy Sledge (“When a Man Loves a Woman”), The Pretenders and blues guitarist Buddy Guy are to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame during the foundation’s 20th annual induction ceremony March 14, the organization announced Monday. Musicians, industry professionals and journalists vote on the nominations, which were announced in September. Artists are eligible to be inducted into the Rock Hall after at least 25 years have passed since their first record was released.
CLOSED: After a protester knocked over part of the controversial wax nativity scene at Madame Tussauds in London on Sunday, the exhibit, featuring soccer star David Beckman and his wife, former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham as Joseph and Mary has closed, Reuters reports. “He pushed Posh and Becks over. It caused some damage but we don’t know how much. The baby Jesus is fine,” a spokeswoman for the museum said. The exhibit – which also featured Tony Blair, Prince Philip and George W. Bush as the Magi, and Hugh Grant and Samuel L. Jackson as two of the shepherds – did not amuse several church leaders. “This is worse than bad taste,” a Vatican rep, noting the “questionable moral standing” of some of the figures, told Reuters last week. “It is cheap.”
CAST: Pamela Anderson, 37, will star in a FOX sitcom developed by Just Shoot Me writer-producer Steven Levitan, about a woman who’s trying to change her life and break her habit of falling for less-than-responsible men, says the Hollywood Reporter. Six episodes have been ordered, according to the trade paper. Levitan also created and executive-produced the offbeat FOX comedy Greg the Bunny, and was an executive producer on FOX’s family comedy Oliver Beene. Lee was married to rocker Tommy Lee.
SUED: Wal-Mart Stores Inc., which promotes itself as a seller of clean music, deceived customers by stocking compact discs by the rock group Evanescence that contain the F-word, claims a lawsuit filed in Washington County (Md.) Circuit Court, reports the Associated Press. The suit asks Wal-Mart to either censor or remove the music from its Maryland stores, and plaintiff Trevin Skeens seeks damages of up to $74,500 for each of the thousands of people who bought the music in those stores. The company says it is investigating Skeens’s claim, but so far has no plans to remove the CD from store shelves.
DIAGNOSED: Elton John, 57, has been forced to cancel a second concert, in Glasgow, after a throat infection caused him to lose his voice and bow out of a Nottingham gig, say British press reports. In a statement, the singer said he was “sorry to disappoint” his fans, who are able to receive refunds for their tickets, but that his physician advised that he would be “foolish” to perform at the concert, the fourth scheduled date of his British tour.
ARRESTED: Two Long Island teens, both 17, were arrested Saturday night after trying to swipe an inflatable SpongeBob SquarePants from a Westbury, N.Y., Burger King, reports New York’s Daily News. SpongeBob has caused a rash of thefts nationwide. In Minnesota, one thief demanded a ransom of Krabbie Patties in exchange for the return of the $500 balloon.