Watch The Fur Fly When Aging Rockers Get Nasty

Not everyone was as touched by Elton John’s remake of his song “Candle in the Wind” as he was. In fact, John’s song (with lyrics by Bernie Taupin) made some rockers sick.

Keith Richards, for example. The 53-year-old Rolling Stones guitarist, again touring with the aging band, remarked to the New York Daily News how the tune referred first to Marilyn Monroe and then to Princess Diana. Richards, the Daily News reported, that Richards chided John for “writing songs for dead blonds.”

In Atlanta for a show of his own, John, 50, struck back. While saying that he has nothing against the Rolling Stones in general, he said that Richards in particular was a bit past his prime.

“He’s so pathetic, poor thing,” John snipped. “It’s like a monkey with arthritis, trying to go onstage and look young.”

Loose talk

Former network newscaster Linda Ellerbee on being the first person to be named to the cancer Survivors Hall of Fame (in the New York Times): “I suppose being in a survivors’ hall of fame is better than not being in it.”

Today, tomorrow and always, he’s just a gigolo

David Lee Roth turns 42 today.

Now mommy Heather can take baby Ava to work

The wait is over. Heather Locklear, she of “Melrose Place” fame, is a first-time mommy. Daughter Ava Elizabeth Sambora was born on Saturday. Father Richie Sambora plays guitar for Bon Jovi.

And people complain that sports stars are overpaid

Raising the television salary stakes a bit, “Home Improvement” star Tim Allen inked a deal with ABC that will pay him $1.25 million per episode next season. Allen’s current salary is $750,000 a show.

As for the network, the devil made them do it

Della Reese, co-star of the CBS show “Touched by an Angel,” says she’s underpaid. She’s got a case (see item immediately above). CBS is offering her a raise that would pay her $1.1 million - a season.

Give all of the following good grades for effort

If you make the money, you don’t need the education, right? Wrong say the following: Supermodel Christy Turlington (New York University junior liberal arts major), actress Amber Valletta (“In & Out,” NYU freshman environmental politics), actress Melissa Joan Hart (“Sabrina,” NYU sophomore), actor Jaleel White (“Family Matters,” UCLA sophomore, film and television), actress Mayim Bialik (“Blossom,” UCLA, junior psychology) and Rivers Cuomo (Weezer guitarist, (Harvard senior, music).

This would have gotten Bill Clinton in big trouble

It was 5 p.m. when Attie van Wyk, promoter of Michael Jackson’s five-concert tour of South Africa, received a call. The caller was Nelson Mandela’s secretary requesting tickets for Mandela, his companion, Graca Machel, and her three children.”I arranged for him to meet Michael and he had snacks with the star and then we took him to his seat,” Van Wyk said. “He sat through the entire show and loved it.”

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