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Guess You Could Say Time Is On Their Side

Compiled By Staff Writer Rick Bo

When the Rolling Stones headed back into the studio to record their new “Bridges to Babylon” album, Mick Jagger was determined to avoid doing the same old thing.

“You have to break the mold,” Jagger, 54, tells Rolling Stone magazine. “That’s why I went for a few different noises. I just wanted to change the way the grooves worked. I love the way we do grooves normally. But we’ve done them so many times.”

The album, recorded in a mere two months, features slowed-down tempos borrowed from soul, R&B and the blues.

“Maybe age does matter,” adds guitarist Keith Richards, 53, “in that you consider time in a different way. You start to use it different way. You start to use it more, rather than clambering all over it and using it as a scaffolding.”

Loose talk

A 13-year-old female fan from New Jersey, on the singing Hanson brothers (in USA Today): “We feel like we know them, because we know so much about them. Zac uses baby shampoo, that’s the rumor. Taylor uses Flex, and Ike uses Pantene Pro-V.”

They’re calling him Grandpa John these days

“Papa John” Phillips turns 62 today.

Wasn’t he popular all those years ago?

Speaking of old fogies, former Beatle George Harrison has harsh words for some of the younger acts on the British scene, including the Fab Four-imitating Oasis and the saucy Spice Girls. “It’s nice if you’re 14 years old,” Harrison, 54, told the French daily newspaper Le Figaro. “I prefer to listen to Dylan.”

We’ll see if they stand the test of thyme

Spice Girl Mel C, on Oasis (in The Melody Maker): “If Oasis is bigger than God, what does that make us? Bigger than Buddha? Because we are a darn sight bigger than Oasis.”

It’s sort of like knockin’ on heaven’s door

Bob Dylan has been announced as one of the musical acts to perform for Pope John Paul II at the World Eucharistic Congress at the Vatican next month. “I’m not sure it’s going to happen,” demurs Dylan, 56, who recently recovered from a fungal infection of his heart sac. “I know I was the only American they asked, outside of Joni Mitchell.”

Sounds to us like one of his saner moments

Among those in attendance at Michael Jackson’s Helsinki, Finland, stop on his HIStory tour last weekend was an escaped mental patient who tried to set the stage on fire.

At least they’ll be liberated of $23.60 each

Rage Against the Machine lead singer Zack de la Rocha, on the band’s current tour (which stops at The Gorge Sept. 12): “The tour is going to incorporate everything which the rich, wealthy classes in America fear and despise. Each of the 20,000 people in the audience will be reminded of their independent political power.”

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