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Rock News: Music's high and low notes

By United Press International

SIR MICK?

Mick Jagger -- arguably the embodiment of "sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll -- is reportedly in line for knighthood.

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British newspapers reported Sunday that the 59-year-old founding member of the Rolling Stones will soon join Elton John and Paul McCartney as knights of the empire.

"At last, His Satanic Majesty is called to the palace," said The Sunday Times. "It's Sir Mick (and not for his services to women)," headlined the News of the World.

There was no official comment on the reports from Buckingham Palace or Downing Street.


STONES DATES FIRM FOR PRETENDERS, NO DOUBT

Chrissie Hynde and the Pretenders will open when the Rolling Stones launch their 40th anniversary tour Sept. 3 in Boston, and join Mick and the boys for seven more dates that month.

The Stones have also announced that Gwen Stefani and No Doubt will open for three shows in October.

As matters stand, in addition to the Sept. 3 show, the Pretenders will open on Sept. 5 in Foxboro; Sept. 10 and 13 in Chicago; Sept. 18 and 20 in Philadelphia; Sept. 26 in New York; and Sept. 28 in E. Rutherford, N.J.

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No Doubt is scheduled to open for the Stones on Oct. 12 in Detroit; Oct. 18 in Toronto; and Oct. 26 in Atlanta.

Jagger has said other possible opening acts include Sheryl Crow and blues men Buddy Guy and Jonny Lang.


SIMMONS WANT TO BRING HBO POETRY JAM TO THE STAGE

According to a report in Daily Variety, hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons is planning to bring his HBO poetry series to New York this fall for a live stage presentation.

"Def Poetry Jam" opens on June 25 for a limited engagement -- six weeks -- at Theater on the Square in San Francisco.

"After that, we have our sights on Broadway," Simmons told Variety.

Carol Shorenstein Hays, who is lead producer on the current New York hit "Topdog/Underdog," is producing "Def Poetry Jam."

Simmons and Stan Lathan created "Def Poetry Jam" in 1994 for HBO, then adapted it for live shows in comedy clubs.

"'Def Comedy' introduced a different kind of comic to the scene," said Simmons. "Today, this poetry scene, which has been underground for 10 to 15 years, has a huge commercial following but has not been recognized by the mainstream media."

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Simmons produced "Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry" on HBO last December. The cable channel has picked up seven more installments of the series.


METALLICA ON THE Q.T.

LAUNCH reported that Metallica played a secret show at Club Kimo in San Francisco last Tuesday (June 4).

The music Web site said producer Bob Rock filled in on bass with guitarist/vocalist James Hetfield, drummer Lars Ulrich and guitarist Kirk Hammett -- as they performed 11 songs, including a new, untitled track.

They led off with four of the Ramones numbers they've been working up for the upcoming Ramones tribute album -- "Commando," "Today Your Love Tomorrow the World," "53rd and 3rd," and "Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue."


MORE KORN, PLEASE

Korn has added eight gigs to its first North American tour in two years, to support Tuesday's release of "Untouchables."

The new dates are set in Green Bay, Wisc.; Greenville, S.C.; Kansas City, Mo.; Minneapolis; Omaha, Neb.; Roanoke, Va. and St. Louis.

The band is scheduled to play at a secret location in New York City Monday. The show will be simulcast in 40 movie theaters across the United States.

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