I'm sure you all know what a big Nick Lachey fan I am, so that's why I feel compelled to report seeing him at definitive downtown Wilmington bar The Blue Post last night.
Apparently, the singer and former husband of Jessica Simpson was in town to guest-star on "One Tree Hill." He'll appear as himself on the April 27 episode. (And by the way, what is up with "One Tree" being a refuge for the ex-husbands of female pop stars? Remember when Kevin Federline, Britney Spears' ex-husband -- aka K-Fed, aka Fed-Ex -- did a stint on the show?)
Lachey was hanging out in the general vicinity of a bunch of folks from "One Tree Hill," including actors Sophia Bush, James Lafferty and Lee Norris. For the most part he stayed up by the bar, nestled in the corner next to the Post's awesome jukebox.
I heard a few folks saying they recognized him, but everybody seemed to leave Lachey alone, at least while I was there, which was till about midnight.
I can't really say I'm a huge fan of Lachey's, but I must admit the dude can sing. He's got a new album this spring, "Coming Up for Air," the title of which I assume is a reference to his career. As his ex-wife's career soared, Lachey's stature lessened significantly in relation to Simpson after their split.
-- John Staton