LONDON (AP) – A major collection of John Lennon memorabilia, including an oil painting from his student days and a handwritten “All You Need Is Love” manuscript, will go on sale next month.

The July 28 auction also will include a table from the home Lennon shared with his first wife, Cynthia; a tunic thought to have inspired the costumes on the “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” album cover; and a bedspread from Lennon’s “bed-in” for peace in Montreal with Yoko Ono, Cooper Owen auction house announced Monday.

Cooper Owen, which specializes in auctions of music and film memorabilia, said it expects to raise $2 million from the auction, to be held at The Hippodrome nightclub in central London.

Rimes on road after injury

RENO, Nev. (AP) – LeAnn Rimes is on the road with her summer tour, after recovering from an injury to one of her vocal cords and an unspecified dental procedure.

“I look at it in a positive way – I got some good vocal rest,” the 22-year-old singer told The Associated Press by phone from her tour bus as it headed for Saturday night’s concert in Santa Fe, N.M.

In April, Rimes was ordered not to speak for two weeks after a coughing fit during a bout with bronchitis burst a blood vessel in one of her vocal cords. Last month, her periodontist told Rimes it was time to undergo some dental surgery she’d put off, which forced her to cancel an appearance at the CMA Music Festival in Nashville, Tenn.

“When your passion’s almost stripped from you, at least for a couple of weeks, you realize how much you do love what you do. I guess I have a little more drive now than I ever have,” Rimes said.

Scheduled stops on her tour include Chicago, New Orleans, Detroit, Salt Lake City and Atlanta.

Her latest album, “This Woman,” was released in January.

NEW YORK (AP) – For years, Bob Geldof balked at recreating the 1985 Live Aid event because he thought he couldn’t top himself.

“Not to be immodest, but the first one was perfect in almost every sense,” Geldof told the latest edition of Time magazine. “Artistically, people seemed to up the ante, and the performances were pretty great across the board. Huge amounts of money were raised, not a penny lost, and politically it elevated the issue onto the global table. The whole thing just worked, unbelievably.”

But Geldof gave in to pressure from U2’s Bono and screenwriter Richard Curtis, and the three friends are organizing Live 8, a series of free concerts scheduled July 2 worldwide to raise awareness of poverty in Africa.

The concerts are intended to influence the leaders of the world’s richest nations ahead of a summit of Group of Eight industrialized countries next month.

Bono said the focus has changed in the 20 years since Live Aid.

“It’s the journey from charity to justice,” he said.


ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) – There are no old chairs, linoleum or nasty green walls in this store’s break room. Think brown leather couch with bright cushions, flat-screen TV, bar and photographs hanging on walls of burnt orange and gray-blue.

Call it an Extreme Breakover: It’s a break room restyled by Ty Pennington of ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.” A Sears store in Alexandria won the honor for its outstanding customer service.

Pennington and his police escort showed up about 7:45 a.m. Saturday for a brief ceremony to show it off.

“This is big for central Louisiana,” said Clarence Fields, mayor of nearby Pineville. He and Alexandria Mayor Ned Randolph gave Pennington the keys to the city.

“This award is a credit to Sears’ employees and management. Being chosen from 870 stores nationwide is a great accomplishment. It is great to have him here,” Fields said.

As employees entered the break room redone to Pennington’s designs, some said, “Wow!” and “This is great” and “I love it.”

Store workers decided that a $5,000 donation to charity – also part of the prize – should go to Hope House, a center for homeless women and children.

Foo Fighters in Roswell

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) – About 500 people were treated to an exclusive album-release Foo Fighters concert in a town that likes odd events.

Lead singer Dave Grohl said he is a huge fan of UFOs but had never been to Roswell, the site of a purported 1947 crash-landing of something many suspect to have been alien spacecraft. The city has a UFO festival each summer.

Grohl, a former drummer for Nirvana, organized the Foo Fighters after the death of Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain and named his record label Roswell Records.

“In Your Honor,” released June 14 on Roswell/RCA Records, is the band’s fifth album. The two-disc set features 10 hard-rock and 10 softer acoustic songs released on the band’s 10-year anniversary.

Fans nationwide won tickets and transportation to Saturday’s concert through an online trivia contest run by Rhapsody, a new Internet music service.

Foo Fighters is a term coined by Allied aircraft pilots during World War II. The term described mysterious glowing lights seen over German skies. Some people considered the Foo Fighters UFOs.

The band goes on tour July 1 starting in Europe.

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