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Mellencamp to rock for free at Final Four

Hoosier rocker John Mellencamp will take the stage in Indianapolis' Monument Circle on April 2 to perform a free concert during the NCAA's Final Four.

The concert will take place in between the NCAA men's basketball semifinals on April 1 and the championship game on April 3, Mellencamp's publicist, Bob Merlis, told the Indianapolis Star.

Mellencamp, 54, is a native of Seymour, Ind., who now lives near Bloomington. He's also an Indiana University basketball fan.

"He's out of his mind for basketball and CBS is using 'R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A.' as the theme song for their coverage," Merlis said. "This makes total sense."

Last year, American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson performed at a free concert during the NCAA Final Four in St. Louis.

Well, golly, gee whiz

Willie Nelson has sung "Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys" and "My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys." But folks listening in to the Howard Stern show on satellite radio Tuesday heard another kind of cowboy anthem: "Cowboys Are Frequently, Secretly (Fond of Each Other)."

It just may be the first gay cowboy song by a major recording artist. But it was written long before this year's Oscar-nominated Brokeback Mountain made gay cowboys a hot topic.

Available exclusively through iTunes, the song features choppy Tex-Mex style guitar runs and Nelson's deadpan delivery of lines like, "What did you think all them saddles and boots was about?"

The song was written by Texas-born singer-songwriter Ned Sublette in 1981. Sublette said he wrote it during the "Urban Cowboy" craze and always imagined Nelson singing it.

Someone passed a copy of the song to Nelson back in the late 1980s and, according to Nelson's record label, Lost Highway, he recorded it last year at his Pedernales studio in Texas.

Much more than thousand words

A photograph of a pond taken by Edward Steichen sold for more than $2.9 million Tuesday, easily setting a world record for the highest-priced photograph ever auctioned, Sotheby's said.

"The Pond-Moonlight," taken on Long Island in 1904, sold for $2,928,000, including the buyer's premium, Sotheby's spokesman Matthew Weigman said. It was bought by Peter MacGill, of Pace/MacGill Gallery, on behalf of a private collector.

The photograph, slightly bigger than 16-by-19-inches, shows a pond in a wooded area with light coming through the trees and reflected in the water.

The previous record for a photograph sold at auction, $1,248,000, was set in November by Richard Prince's "Untitled (Cowboy)."

Stieglitz's photograph of the hands of his wife, Georgia O'Keeffe, sold for $1,472,000, and a portrait of her nude sold for $1,360,000, Weigman said. Both went to West Coast dealers.

From wire reports

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