ATN's Jennie Yabroff reports: Former naughty schoolboy Mick Jagger is
being honored with a performing arts block named after him by his
former Grammar school. An on-line newsgroup reports that Dartford
Grammar School in Kent county, England has voted to name their new
$160,000 arts complex after Jagger, who attended the school as a lad.
The Mick Jagger Center will house a studio theater, dance space, and
music facilities for all the aspiring Stones in the student body.
Jagger, who formed a skiffle band during his Dartford days (but always
did his homework before practice, we're certain) sent a note of thanks
and was reportedly thrilled.
Less thrilled were the Stones by reports of lip-synching during their
recent Voodoo Lounge tour. According to a report in Reuters,
the German magazine Der Spiegel ran a story stating that the
Rolling Stones lip-synched during performances in Germany. The
magazine claimed to have taped the song "A Rock And A Hard Place" at
three separate performances, analyzed the tapes, and concluded they
were so similar that they could not have been the result of three live
performances. Outraged by the assertion that they were faking their
act to pre-recorded tracks, the Stones sued the magazine, demanding a
printed apology. Apparently the compensation for libel is so low in
Germany, it would be more valuable to the group to have the magazine
admit it made a mistake than pay them for damages.