Together again Singer Axl Rose blames the frequent late...

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March 12, 1992

Together again Singer Axl Rose blames the frequent late starts of Guns n' Roses concerts on his ongoing therapy.

"I mean, if a heavy emotional issue surfaces and you've got a show in four hours, you have to figure out how to get that sorted out really quick before you get onstage, so you're not in the middle of 'Jungle' and have a breakdown," Mr. Rose said, referring to the heavy metal group's hit song, "Welcome to the Jungle."

Mr. Rose tells Rolling Stone magazine in the April 2 issue that much of his therapy over the past year has focused on painful memories of being an abused child.

Time has come:

Vanessa Williams says the public is finally starting to think of her as a singer, not the former Miss America whose reign was cut short when nude photos of her appeared in a magazine.

"I think in time it will definitely be behind me," she said. She won the crown in 1984, but forfeited it when photos from her past appeared in Penthouse.

Sick call:

Songwriter Sammy Cahn says he's feeling fine after a bout of illness that forced him to cancel a show.

The 79-year-old entertainer cut short his appearance in Palm Beach, Fla., to visit his doctor in San Francisco Tuesday. He declined to say what ailed him.


Katarina Witt faced off in court yesterday against an obsessed fan accused of harassing her with threatening and obscene letters.

"He'd knock on my door, 3 o'clock in the morning, screaming that he loved me," the 26-year-old skating star testified at the Santa Ana, Calif., trial of Harry Veltman III. "I believed he was going to kill me."

Mr. Veltman, 47, diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic, acted as his own attorney. In his cross-examination, Mr. Veltman referred to a July 1991 letter that said: "Please don't be afraid when God allows me to pull you out of your body and hold you tight. Then you will believe there is life beyond the flesh." He tried to convince Ms. Witt that the out-of-body experience he referred to was astral projection.

"Yes, I understand the question, but I don't want to leave my body," Ms. Witt said.

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