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SOUND BITES Why is Mick Jagger‘s name missing from the official lineup for this Sunday’s United We Stand terror relief benefit in Washington, D.C.? Headlined by Michael Jackson, the roster for the RFK Stadium concert includes Aerosmith, ‘N Sync, Backstreet Boys, James Brown, Al Green, Ricky Martin, Kiss, Rod Stewart, P. Diddy, Goo Goo Dolls, Train, Destiny’s Child, Usher, and Mariah Carey, but no Jagger. The Rolling Stonessinger was supposed to appear at both United We Stand and the Paul McCartney-headlined The Concert for New York the night before at Madison Square Garden. Fox News Jacksonologist Roger Friedman speculates that Jagger, who once duetted on ”State of Shock” with Jackson, pulled out of the latter’s show at the insistence of old pal McCartney, who’s carried a grudge against Jackson since the King of Pop outbid him for rights to the Beatles’ songwriting catalog in 1985. Friedman notes that McCartney’s recent greatest hits collection, ”Wingspan,” omits his No. 1 hits ”The Girl Is Mine” and ”Say Say Say,” his two pre-1985 duets with Jackson.
The United We Stand concert may be the first time listeners get to hear Jackson’s ”What More Can I Give,” the long-awaited benefit single he’s been recording with various artists, including Nick and Aaron Carter, Reba McEntire, Tom Petty, and Brian McKnight. Friedman says that the CD single will go on sale eventually at McDonald’s restaurants nationwide for $2.99. He says McDonald’s has pledged $30 million to promote the record.
The same night as United We Stand is another all-star benefit, the Country Freedom Concert, at Nashville’s Gaylord Entertainment Center. Performers include Tim McGraw, Vince Gill, George Jones, Clint Black, Lonestar, Lee Ann Womack, Charlie Daniels, Sara Evans, George Strait, Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn, and Martina McBride. Unlike the all-day Washington show, Country Freedom will run an economical two hours and will be broadcast live and commercial-free on CMT. Both shows are being produced by Clear Channel Entertainment, which also produced Jerry Seinfeld‘s Stand Up for New York benefit last week….
Security is tighter than ever these days, including on Bob Dylan‘s tour. At the Jackson County Exposition Center in Medford, Ore., last Tuesday, three guards refused to let a scruffy-haired man who didn’t have a pass come backstage. A scene ensued until the guards were finally convinced that the intruder was Dylan himself. It’s not clear whether or not the guards actually failed to recognize the legendary singer — they’re all in their 30s, noted venue manager Chris Borovansky, who told the Associated Press, ”If it was George Strait, they probably would have recognized him,” — but they were under strict orders to let no one in without a backstage pass. Dylan reportedly ordered the guards tossed out: ”We prefer the term ‘relocated,”’ Borovansky said. But Borovansky later told the guards they did ”a great job.”
REEL DEALS Apparently, Tom Cruise took his ”Mission: Impossible” role a little too seriously. In a BBC interview this weekend, ex-wife Nicole Kidman says the two of them used to enjoy breaking into difficult places in order to have some romantic privacy. ”We would see cities at night,” she said. ”We broke into the Coliseum — climbed the fences and broke in. It’s a way of dealing with being really well known, but still being able to see a city like Rome.” Kidman also said that, despite the unhappy dissolution of her marriage, she would ”love to get married again.” Meanwhile, Us magazine is linking her to Counting Crows frontman Adam Duritz….