For some people there’s no place like home, but for Kelly Clarkson being on tour is where she finds her bliss. “I love my friends and family, but I love being on the road – the bus, the shows, the band,” the singer, who just returned from a vacation in Mexico, told us at the recent Kids’ Extravalooza ’05, a fund-raiser for the National Children’s Museum in Washington, D.C. “The thing about touring is there’s no confusion. There’s no label drama, there’s no any other drama. It’s just you and your band and the fans.” The American Idol champ will get her road fix soon: On June 10, she’ll embark on a four-day USO tour of the Persian Gulf to perform for the troops and then she’ll head to the U.K. on June 17 to promote her Breakaway album.
Hey, Mr. Deejay
Lost star Dominic Monaghan plays a rocker on his hit show, but in real life you’re more likely to find him behind the turntables. The actor recently put his deejaying skills to good use at Helping Hands, an event organized by actor Greg Grunberg to raise funds to fight epilepsy (the Alias star’s 8-year-old son, Jake, has the disease).
Monaghan – who along with other Lost and Alias cast members helped bring in $300,000 – is an old pro. “I’ve been deejaying for my friends since I was about 15,” he told us. “We’d get so tired of being in a club and the music getting me down. So I started my own music, which is a lot more fun.”
So, what kind of mixmaster is he? “The style tends to be kind of old-school rap with a lot of party pleasers. Like ‘ABC’ by The Jackson 5, ‘O.P.P.’ by Naughty by Nature, some Justin Timberlake. I got it all,” he says. “You don’t have to twist my arm too much. I love playing music.”
Caught in the Act
• Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock, making a surprise appearance onstage at rapper Common‘s concert at the House of Blues in West Hollywood. Chappelle even played the piano during one song. Also on hand: singers Macy Gray and Mary J. Blige, sitting at the same table in the VIP balcony.
• Charlize Theron and fiancé Stuart Townsend, kissing along the canals in Amsterdam before riding off on their bicycles.
• Rosie O’Donnell, dining with wife Kelli Carpenter and two female friends at hip New York City restaurant One Little West 12th. O’Donnell left a $400 tip on a bill that was far less than that
• By JESSICA VOELKER, BRENDA RODRIGUEZ, PRIYA MOHAN, CARRIE BORZILLO-VRENNA and MARK DAGOSTINO