The ‘A' List

DJ AM back to work after plane crash

DJ AM was back on the decks for the first time since surviving a fiery plane crash in Columbia.

The visibly scarred celebrity disc jockey, whose real name is Adam Goldstein, joined Jay-Z at a special concert Wednesday celebrating the reopening of the Hollywood Palladium.

The concert was 35-year-old DJ AM's first performance since surviving a Sept. 19 plane crash with former Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker. Two pilots and two other passengers were killed, including Barker's assistant, Chris Baker. After the crash, DJ AM received two skin-graft surgeries on his neck and arm.

Before Jay-Z appeared in front of the crowd Wednesday, DJ AM unceremoniously slipped onto stage alongside an eight-piece back-up band. He was lively throughout the concert – scratching, rapping along with Jay-Z and flashing hand gestures throughout the rap mogul's energetic set. After “Show Me What You Got,” Jay-Z called attention to his “special guest.”

“Make some noise for DJ AM tonight,” Jay-Z said before also giving a shout out to Barker and the victims.

Associated Press

Spears considers La. home, not LA

Britney Spears was exempt from having a California driver's license when she hit a parked car last year because she didn't meet residency requirements, her lawyer argued in opening statements of her driving-without-a-license trial Thursday.

The pop singer considers her home to be Louisiana, where she has a valid license, is registered to vote and exercises a homestead exemption on property taxes, attorney J. Michael Flanagan said.

Spears, 26, has not appeared in court. Flanagan said this week that a final decision had not been reached on whether she would appear or testify, though he's said that wasn't expected.

If convicted, Spears faces jail time and a fine, although she has no prior criminal record, so her penalty is unlikely to be severe. Associated Press

Lopes album coming next month

Recordings by Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, who died six years ago, will be released as a solo album Nov. 11.

The album features a collection of songs Lopes recorded but never released, family friend Jay Marose said Wednesday.

Lopes, who was part of the hit '90s group TLC, was killed in a car crash in Honduras on April 25, 2002. She talked often about her death and told friends she expected to die young, Marose said.

“She knew she was going to pass away and it was her plan to get all of this out there so people could learn what she had done,” he said. “She wanted people to hear it and wanted her family to do whatever they had to do.”

Proceeds from the album will benefit Lopes' foundation, which aims to build orphanages and schools in Honduras, Marose said. Associated Press


Actor Michael McKean, 61. Actress Margot Kidder, 60. Actor George Wendt, 60. Country singer Alan Jackson, 50. Animator Mike Judge, 46. Actor-comedian Norm Macdonald, 45. Reggae singer Ziggy Marley, 40. Rapper Eminem, 36. Singer Wyclef Jean, 36.

This day in history Oct. 17

1931: Mobster Al Capone was convicted of income tax evasion. (Sentenced to 11 years in prison, Capone was released in 1939.)

1989: A 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck Northern California, killing 63 people and causing $6 billion in damage.