After all the kerfuffle with Van Morrison and the baby business, I'm glad -- and I'm sure the Irish nation will join me in this -- that there is a rock star who really did have a baby just before Christmas. No, really.
Step forward Joe Elliott, who became a dad with his lovely American wife Kristine last month. The front man with hard-rock and multi-million-selling legends Def Leppard (their album Hysteria sold trillions in America in the Nineties) is, I'm told, every inch the proud father.
And I am delighted to say that Joe's little rocker is a boy and is apparently the spit of his dad. Joe and Kristine live in Stepaside and have a large coterie of music-business friends. In August, Kristine threw a bash at their house to celebrate Joe's 50th: among the guests were Dave Fanning and his wife Ursula, Dave Kavanagh, Guggi and Denis Desmond.
Are the rock star's partying nights over for the time being? Or is that just hysteria?
- Barry Egan