Regis Philbin, six weeks removed from triple heart-bypass surgery, plans to be back at work Thursday morning as cohost of Live With Regis and Kelly.

Philbin's first guest will be David Letterman, also a veteran of bypass surgery.

"Very appropriate," Philbin's cohost, Kelly Ripa, said as she announced her partner's return yesterday.

Philbin, 75, filled in as a guest host on CBS's Late Show after Letterman had his bypass operation in 2000. Rege also subbed for Letterman when the late-night guy got an eye infection in '03.

- Associated Press

Fathers and sons

The celeb Web site is reporting that Sean Stewart, son of raspy rocker Rod, got himself involved in what Dad might call a spot of bother Saturday night that has attracted the notice of Los Angeles police investigators.

The younger Stewart, who stars in the A&E reality show Sons of Hollywood, apparently got into a hassle with partygoers at a shindig in a Hollywood home.

When he and two buddies were told they weren't welcome, the three threw rocks, bricks, a mailbox and a trash can at a Ford F-150 pickup truck, according to TMZ.

Witnesses said the trio then proceeded to rough up the occupants of the pickup, a husband and wife, TMZ reported.

Police confirmed that detectives were looking into the incident, according to the Web site.

TMZ could not immediately reach Stewart's rep for comment.


Fame . . .

Singer-songwriter John Hiatt, who spent his first night in Nashville under a park bench in 1979, has moved to the sidewalk.

Hiatt was among six honorees Sunday who were each given a platinum-and-granite, star-and-guitar sidewalk marker on the Music City Walk of Fame. Also honored were Wynonna Judd, Emmylou Harris, music business pioneer Frances Preston, contemporary Christian singer Michael W. Smith and Buddy Holly's band, The Crickets.

- Associated Press

. . . and more fame


Sam Elliott

and the late actor

Steve McQueen

have been inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.

The two were honored at the 46th annual Western Heritage Awards on Saturday, with Elliott, 62, acting as master of ceremonies before a sellout crowd of more than 1,200. McQueen died in 1980.

Stuntman Dean Smith lassoed the board of directors' Lifetime Achievement Award. Smith has risked life and limb as a stunt double for an all-star roster of celluloid range riders, including Roy Rogers, Dale Robertson, Ben Johnson, Robert Redford, Robert Duvall and Steve Martin.

"What a great night you've made for this old cowboy. I'm glad to be included in this museum with all my heroes," said Smith in aw-shucks western fashion.

Truce (2005), starring Buck Taylor and Michaela Lange, was honored as the outstanding theatrical western movie, and Broken Trail (2006), starring Robert Duvall and Thomas Haden Church, won the award for outstanding television western feature.

- Associated Press

Concerted action

Organizers of the seven-continent, 24-hour series of concerts dubbed Live Earth announced yesterday that the U.S. portion of the event will be held at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., on July 7.

The lineup for the performance there, also announced yesterday, includes AFI, Kelly Clarkson, Akon, KT Tunstall, Alicia Keys, Ludacris, Bon Jovi, Melissa Etheridge, the Dave Matthews Band, Rihanna, Fall Out Boy, Roger Waters, John Mayer, Smashing Pumpkins and The Police.

The U.S. show will cap the global event, scheduled to begin in Sydney, Australia. Other performances will be in London, Rio de Janeiro, Johannesburg, Tokyo and Shanghai.

"We hope the energy created by Live Earth will jump-start a massive public education effort," said Live Earth cochairman Al Gore. "Live Earth will help us reach a tipping point that's needed to move corporations and governments to take decisive action to solve the climate crisis."

Tickets for the Giants Stadium show are available online through or by phone through Ticketmaster at 212-307-7171. Proceeds will go to the Alliance for Climate Protection and other international environmental organizations.