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Perry performs with Eels

When Steve Perry performed alongside the Eels this week – a first for the reclusive singer in two decades – the band’s frontman wasn’t even sure it would happen.

Mark Oliver Everett said in an interview Wednesday that he and the former Journey leader have become good friends and that Perry is an Eels fan. He said Perry has attended Eels rehearsals over the years, but he was still surprised when the singer told him he would perform at their show in St. Paul, Minn., on Monday.

“Even right up to the moment he started singing on the stage, I was prepared for it to not happen,” Everett said.

One Direction a bit ‘disjointed’

A representative for One Direction says the band’s lawyers are dealing with a video showing two band members smoking what the singers referred to as an “illegal substance.”

British tabloid the Daily Mail posted the clip Tuesday of Zayn Malik smoking and speaking with Louis Tomlinson, who is filming the video.

“This matter is in the hands of our lawyers,” their publicist said Wednesday.

In the video, 22-year-old Tomlinson says, “Joint lit, happy days,” and asks his bandmate, “What do you think, Zayn, about that kind of content?” The 21-year-old Malik responds: “Very controversial.”

The video led some angry fans to post photos of them burning One Direction’s concert tickets.

Beastie Boys want better deal

Beastie Boys rapper Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz had an easy answer for a New York lawyer asking why the hip-hop group refuses to endorse products but licensed its music for a watch company’s snowboarding video.

Horovitz told a lawyer for beverage-maker Monster Energy Co., “We like sports.” He said snowboarding, skateboarding and surfing are all hits with the band he started with two others in the 1980s when he was a teenager.

The testimony came Wednesday at a trial stemming from a lawsuit the band brought against the Corona, Calif.-based Monster.

The company admits it violated the Beastie Boys’ copyrights by including its songs in a video that was online for five weeks. But it insists it should owe no more than $125,000. The band wants over $2 million.

‘Nance’ coming to movies, TV

“The Nance” starring Nathan Lane has already been on Broadway. Now get ready for its appearance on movie screens and TV.

A recording of Douglas Carter Beane’s play will be broadcast to more than 300 movie theaters in the U.S. and Canada beginning June 23. The play will also be featured on “Live From Lincoln Center” this fall on PBS.

In the play, Lane plays a “nance” – a show business term for a stereotypically camp gay man. His character is struggling both with his identity and frustration with society’s hypocrisy toward homosexuality.

Lane, a Tony winner for “The Producers” and “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” got a best actor Tony nomination for the role last year. The play also was nominated.

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