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September 21, 2004

John has advice for young musicians


SHANGHAI, China (AP) - A word of advice from Elton John to up-and-coming musicians: Pay your dues.

"Bands today have to learn their craft by putting the hard work in that we did when we were young performers," said John, 57, who was in Shanghai Saturday for the first China shows of his four-decade-old career.

"We didn't just make a video, then go out on the road. We were on the road before we had gotten a record contract," said the singer-pianist, who started out in the early 1960s toiling on the British pub circuit with the soul act Bluesology.

John performed two concerts Sunday.

After a career that has spanned styles from the bouncy rock 'n' roll of "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting" to the soundtrack for Disney's "The Lion King," John said he listens to new artists for a dose of "energy, rawness and instinctiveness."

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"I get my inspiration from young bands, young songwriters," he said.

Asked with whom he would most like to work, John named Canadian singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright, his collaborator on 2001's "Songs From the West Coast."

Disney puts Dali's art on the big screen


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Roy Disney said he had heard the myths at Walt Disney Co. for a long time - that Salvador Dali's artworks from a long-forgotten project were somewhere in the studio's archives.

It turned out not to be a myth.

The surrealist master had worked with Disney's uncle, Walt Disney, from 1945-46, producing seven paintings and hundreds of ink drawings for an animated film that never got made, Disney said.

The artwork - which Disney valued at $5 million to $10 million - sat in the studio unseen by the public for 58 years. That is, until now.

Disney said the company lent about a dozen Dali pieces to a traveling exhibit in Europe, one of several celebrating the 100th anniversary of Dali's birth on May 11, 1904. Dali died in 1989.

Disney, 74, spoke of his discovery while in Albuquerque, where he attended a gala opening of the Roy E. Disney Center for Performing Arts at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.

On Sunday, he attended a showing of the animated short film "Destino" at one of three new theaters in the complex. The short film was the product of the artwork Dali completed at the Disney studios over nine months. The film was nominated for an Academy Award this spring.

Stars 'Say Something Ketchuppy' in ads


PITTSBURGH (AP) - What do Mia Hamm, Terry Bradshaw, William Shatner and Lindsay Lohan have in common?

The answer: ketchup.

They have signed on with Heinz to "Say Something Ketchuppy" on limited-edition bottles of the condiment. The bottles will feature labels with quotes from each celebrity. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the bottles will benefit charities chosen by each celebrity, the company said recently.

Lohan's take is simple. "Burger-licious," the 18-year-old actress says on the label. Hamm, just back from the Olympic games, says the ketchup is "Worthy as Gold." And former "Star Trek" star Shatner says Heinz "Fixes Burgers at Warp Speed."

Bradshaw, former quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers, has a label saying "Served at the Immaculate Reception," a reference to his 1972 pass to Franco Harris.

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