Justin Bieber Donates Concert Tickets to Oklahoma Tornado Victims, Asks "WWJD?"

Image Courtesy Justin Bieber via TwitterDespite the bad press he's been getting lately, Justin Bieber appears to be a good kid at heart.  He showed that Tuesday night by giving free concert tickets to victims of the deadly tornado in Oklahoma. reports that the Bieb donated 200 tickets to Tuesday night's sold-out show at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City to the victims: specifically those who students whose schools which were destroyed by the tornado in nearby Moore. 

Justin tweeted, "We got OKC tonight.. held 200 tickets for students from some of the schools recently destroyed. Hope they enjoy the show."

A fan told, "That's so caring and thoughtful, and that goes to show that everybody out there is giving their all for Oklahoma, and they're really thinking about doing good for us."

Justin also took the opportunity to strike back at all his negative press, tweeting, "interesting how some people in the media wanna take shots at me for no reason. all good. keeping it positive over here. all about the music."

He added, "some decisions in life arent easy...but nothing great was ever easy. be great. in life you gotta know who you are. know your heart. love the people that love you. and be kind. be GREAT!"  He posted the hashtag #wwjd, which means "What would Jesus do."

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Lyric Video for New Elton John Single, "Home Again," Premieres Online

Capitol/Universal MusicElton John fans excited about the upcoming release of his latest studio effort, The Diving Board, can now hear the album's first single, "Home Again," by watching an official lyric video that's been posted online.  The black-and-white clip shows John's hands playing the entire tune on piano, as lyricist Bernie Taupin's words appear in the mirrored surface behind the keyboard.

The video was filmed at Los Angeles' famous Capitol Studios on April 1, the same day Elton John held a private listening party there for The Diving Board.

"Home Again" is an introspective ballad that contemplates whether we can ever go back to where we came from.  Pre-order The Diving Board now and you'll get an instant download of the track.  The album, which was produced by T Bone Burnett, will be released on September 24.

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New Details on Lawsuit Filed by Michael Jackson's Alleged Molestation Victim 


Choreographer Wade Robson on Monday filed new court papers in his suit accusing Michael Jackson of molesting him when he was a youngster.  The reason for the new filing was to argue against a statute of limitations defense that the Jackson estate has made in the case, but Robson's amended complaint reveals new details of his accusations.

The choreographer recalls entering a dance-a-like competition in which he won the chance to meet Michael Jackson when he was five years old.  He then recounts meeting MJ at a recording studio when he was seven, which is when the entire family was invited to stay the weekend at Neverland Ranch.

The visit, dating back to 1990, subsequently led to Wade and his sister, Chantal, allegedly sleeping in Michael's room, which he claims "employed an alarm system on his bedroom so as to prevent others from entering without his knowledge." The next night, after Chantal decided to sleep upstairs, Wade claims that's when it all began.

MJ nicknamed Robson "little one" and would also hang a "do not disturb" signs on the bedroom door, the complaint alleges.

Wade claims that after the sexual abuse began, MJ would tell him, "We can never tell anyone what WE are doing. People are ignorant and they would never understand that we love each other and this is how we show it. If anyone were to find out, OUR lives and careers would be over."

Wade also claims the abuse lasted from when he was 7 up until he was 14, when his family would frequently leave him unsupervised with Michael.

Robson, who is seeking compensatory and punitive damages and attorney's fees from the late singer's estate, previously denied that the singer sexually abused him during Michael's 2005 child molestation trial.  Michael was acquitted of charges in that case.

"The long-term psychological consequences of [Jackson’s] threats, sexual trauma and mental manipulation imprisoned [Robson’s] mind and prevented him from filing a timely claim just as effectively as if he had been physically imprisoned," the complaint contends.

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Demi Lovato Recalls Past as a "Man-Eater" & a "Heartbreaker"

Courtesy FASHION MagazineDemi Lovato isn't even 21 yet -- she'll hit that milestone on August 20 -- but the star has obviously experienced her share of ups and downs in her life.  But these days, she says she has a new approach to life, including when it comes to romance.

Speaking to the Canadian magazine FASHION for its August issue, Demi admits, "I used to be a man-eater and a heartbreaker.  It was OK to be that when I was young and experimenting, but I don’t like to be that anymore."

The singer, who in the past dated Wilmer Valderrama and Joe Jonas, tells the magazine, "When I was younger, guys wanted to jump into a serious relationship really fast, and I had to slam on the brakes and say, ‘Dude, I’m 17; chill out.'  Now, [long-term] relationships make more sense to me."

Demi also admits, in a roundabout way, that some of her past relationships haven't been very healthy.  "I wrote a song called 'I Hate You, Don’t Leave Me' when I was reading a book on borderline personality disorder with the same title," she tells the magazine.  "It resonated with relationships I’ve been in and a few of the relationships that I see."

Asked to comment on the attention paid to the relationships of Taylor Swift, another young singer with a high-profile romantic life, Demi says, "It’s not her fault.  It’s part of our lives, and everything becomes fair game.  For someone like Taylor Swift, it doesn’t hurt that the guys she’s dated have been really attractive and famous as well."

The August issue of FASHION magazine is available starting July 8.

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New Ciara Album Streaming on iTunes

Epic RecordsWith only a few days separating antsy fans from the official release of Ciara's self-titled album, the singer has decided to take the edge off by allowing the project to be streamed in its entirety via iTunes.

The new songs will be available for online streaming for a full week, up until the album hits stores and digital retailers next Tuesday, July 9.

On Tuesday, she posted on her Instagram page, "2Day Is Exciting CSquad!" she wrote, "Streaming My LP on ITunes and U get a few video clips!! Yay!!?"

The video clips she's referring to are for five different tracks off the project that director Hannah Lux Davis helped her create.  "I did video snippets of many of the songs on the album for my fans so they can have the best experience of my music possible," Ciara said in a statement.  "I wanted my fans to see the music for the first time while they are also hearing it."

During an iTunes Twitter chat for US and Canadian fans, Ci Ci tweeted that her forthcoming effort is her "favorite to date."  She also wrote, "This album experience is about my fans getting to know me more.  Personally and musically it's authentically me."

The 10-track effort includes production credits from noted hitmakers like Mike Will Made It, Soundz and Darkchild. Ciara's rapper boyfriend Future also contributes to the project on a cut called "Where You Go."

In related news, Ciara has a string of televised appearances coming up next week including BET's 106 & Park, Good Morning America, Live with Kelly and Michael and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

Here's the official track list for Ciara:

"I'm Out" (feat. Nicki Minaj)
"Body Party"
"Keep On Lookin'"
"Read My Lips"
"Where You Go" (feat. Future)
"Super Turnt Up"
"Livin' It Up" (feat. Nicki Minaj)

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Kip Moore Sends Message of Support to U.S. Troops This 4th of July

MCA NashvilleKip Moore wants to send a message of support to U.S. troops protecting our freedom this 4th of July.

He says, "I’m very proud of what those guys do for us each and every day and I don’t take it for granted one bit."

Kip's allegiance to U.S. military personnel started when he heard his grandparents talk about the horrors of fighting in battle. That conversation continues as Kip meets service men and women every night at his shows.

" When I start to think I’m halfway tough, I realize how I’m not one bit when I talk with some of the soldiers when I’m out and realize the things that they go through," Kip says.

Thinking about that sacrifice led Kip to write a new song called "Battle Cry." While other patriotic songs may seek to rally the troops, "Battle Cry" takes an honest look at the fear a soldier must feel when facing attack.

Kip explains, "I believe when you’ve got family and you’ve got wives and you’ve got kids, there has to be so much fear, and they do it, which is what makes them brave."

He adds, "I wrote the song from the sense of what I really feel like is pounding in their heart when they’re in the middle of battle and how they are praying that now is not the time that they’re gonna go. And I can’t imagine facing what those guys face every single day."

Kip isn't sure when "Battle Cry" might be released. He's now working on his sophomore album as his latest single, "Hey Pretty Girl," continues climbing the charts.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockKellie Pickler competed on which season of American Idol? ANSWER: Season five.

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The Band Perry Headlining Nashville's 4th of July Celebration Band Perry will be close to home in Nashville Thursday headlining the Music City 4th of July: Let Freedom Sing concert at Riverfront Park.  While the sibling trio will bring their backing band along, they are teaming up with another musical act at that show too.

"We get to play three of our songs with the Nashville Orchestra as well, which will be the first time that we’ve played with an orchestra or marching band of any kind," says Reid Perry.  "So we’re really looking forward to that."

His sister Kimberly Perry can't wait to sing with the Nashville Symphony either.  She says, "I've heard that that's a really emotional thing."

After The Band Perry's performance, the Nashville skyline will light up with a huge fireworks display. Reid and his brother Neil usually shoot smaller fireworks with their dad on the Fourth of July, but Neil has bigger dreams in mind this year.

"I’m hoping than I can get my hand on the firework button during the Nashville show," he says.

The Music City 4th of July: Let Freedom Sing concert is free and open to the public.

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Motörhead Cancels Remainder of Summer Tour

iMotorhead.comBad news for Motörhead fans: The band has just canceled the rest of their summer tour dates so frontman Lemmy Kilmister can recuperate from his recent health problems.

"As you may have heard, earlier this spring Lemmy had some medical maintenance for the long-term good," explains a post on the band’s Facebook page.  "He was, at that time, advised to rest, but once feeling better, he of course resumed his life as usual.  He has since been advised that he should immediately take some more time to rest."

While there's been no official confirmation from the band on Kilmister's condition, there have been rumors that he's suffering from a hematoma, which is an abnormal collection of blood localized around blood vessels, much like an internal bruise.  News of Kilmister's alleged ailment came in the form of an announcement from Barley Arts Promotion, shortly after Motörhead canceled its June 25 concert in Milan, Italy, due to what the promoter said was "a severe hematoma which makes it impossible at the moment [for Kilmister to perform] on stage."

Kilmister notes that he expects to be fully recovered and back out on the road in the fall.  "It was a tough decision for me as I don't like to disappoint the fans especially in times where economy is bad and people spent their money to see us," says the singer in statement.  "But sometimes you can't do anything else than following doctor's orders, but be sure we will be back and kick everybody's ass."

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Ilan Rubin Isn’t Sure How Much of His Drumming Is Featured on NIN’s "Hesitation Marks" fact that Ilan Rubin is the new drummer for Nine Inch Nails doesn’t mean he knows what the group’s upcoming album, Hesitation Marks, will sound like.

"It's one of those things where I went in and played a little bit here and there on a few songs," he tells Billboard. "It’s always different because, for the most part, real acoustic drums are rarely the focal point of Nine Inch Nails’ songs."

Regardless of how much his drumming is used on NIN’s new album, Rubin says that he was glad to get the offer to work with frontman Trent Reznor.

"[Reznor] reached out to me a while back asking about availability and interest, and of course I was interested," Rubin explains. "Joining Nine Inch Nails for the first time was a great coincidence, because it was around that time I started developing an interest in electronic it couldn't have come at a better time."

Hesitation Marks will arrive in stores on September 3. The release will feature guest appearances from Fleetwood Mac singer/guitarist Lindsey Buckingham and The Who touring bassist Pino Palladino. If you pre-order the deluxe edition of Hesitation Marks now at iTunes, you'll score an immediate download of the album’s first single, "Came Back Haunted."

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Rod Stewart "Not Bothered" by the Fact That He's Not a Knight

Credit: Penny LancasterMany legendary rock stars who used to make headlines for their bad behavior are now so respectable that they've been knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.  But Rod Stewart, who so far doesn't have a "Sir" in front of his name, says he's not holding his breath.

Rod was named a CBE -- Commander of the British Empire -- in 2007 for his services to music, but that's one rank down from a knight. Speaking to the British magazine Radio Times, Rod says of his failure to be knighted like his pals Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Elton John, Sir Mick Jagger and Sir Tom Jones, "If my time comes, it will.  And if it doesn't, I'm not bothered.  Are you kidding? I never expected a CBE."

And speaking of Sir Tom Jones, Rod says that unlike the "It's Not Unusual" singer, he'd never, ever consider becoming a coach on a show like The Voice.  "Over my dead body," he tells the Radio Times.  "I haven't the time, and I'm sure they wouldn't ask me.  I'm not really into television."

Rod does enjoy watching Downton Abbey, though -- told the Radio Times back in December, "It’s really intelligent storytelling."

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Corey Taylor Promises “Very Elaborate Stage Setup” on Stone Sour’s Next "House of Gold and Bones" Tour

Roadrunner RecordsWhile Stone Sour did some touring to promote House of Gold and Bones this year, the band has plans to unveil something more elaborate for their next outing.  Frontman Corey Taylor says that fans can expect to take in an elaborate stage show during the band’s 2014 tour -- on which Stone Sour will perform each part of the concept double album over the course of two-night residencies at each stop.

“There will be a comprehensive, very elaborate stage setup that honestly we’ve never really even tried before,” he tells ABC News Radio.  “[There’s] gonna be a lot of moving parts, a lot of things happening that people don’t even understand until much later, [including] a whole lighting rig that works almost on a theatrical level.  It’s gonna be the most complex and exciting thing that we’ve ever tried.”

There will be a live DVD from the upcoming tour, Taylor notes, but he also has in mind two full-length feature films based on House of Gold and Bones which he hopes will have a unique visual style.

“I want to have a stylized vibe with the movies…I don’t just want to put something out that just feels like a typical couple of run-of-the-mill movies that really don’t capture the imagination the way they should,” he explains. “I’m definitely kinda looking into ideas about what I can do to really amp them up and take them to the next level.”

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Woman Who Owns Famous Bob Dylan Electric Guitar Planning to Auction It Off

Courtesy of Thomas Monaster PhotographyThe Fender Stratocaster guitar Bob Dylan played when he notoriously "went electric" at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival will soon be put up for auction, according to a New Jersey woman whose family has had the instrument in their possession for decades.  Rolling Stone reports that the woman, Dawn Peterson, decided to sell the guitar after a legal settlement was reached with the folk-rock legend.

"Mr. Dylan will participate in the sale to the extent that he will be signing off on any ownership interest after the sale," Peterson's lawyer Christopher DeFalco explains to the magazine, adding that the buyer "will receive a bill of sale that will be signed both by the Petersons and Mr. Dylan or his representatives."

The story behind the guitar was the focus of a 2012 episode of the PBS series History Detectives, whose researchers concluded that the instrument was the same Stratocaster that Dylan had used at the '65 Newport fest, even though reps for the singer/songwriter claimed he still had the guitar.

Peterson says her late father, Vic Quinto, was a private pilot for Dylan in the 1960s who told her that the star left the guitar in his plane.  The instrument wound up sitting in her attic for years, until she contacted History Detectives to see if they could verify that it was the one the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer played at Newport.  In addition, a set of Dylan's handwritten lyrics was found the guitar's case.

Peterson tells Rolling Stone that she hasn't decided exactly how she'll put the Stratocaster up for bid, noting that she plans to contact Sotheby's, Christie's and History Detectives investigator Wes Cowan, who has his own auction house.

The guitar has been estimated to be worth as much as $500,000, while the lyrics have been valued at $50,000.

Asked why she decided to part with the guitar, Peterson tells Rolling Stone, "I would feel unsafe hanging it on a wall now, after all this went on.  I would have to pay to keep it locked up, and I want somebody else to enjoy it."  She adds that she hopes the instrument will end up in a museum "so it can be shared with everybody."

You can watch the History Detectives episode about the Dylan guitar online at

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A$AP Rocky Allegedly Slaps Female Fan During Australia Show

A video has surfaced online that appears to show A$AP Rocky allegedly slapping a female fan in the face after a show in Australia last week.

The apparent incident occurred immediately following Rocky’s performance at the Hordern Pavilion in Sydney last Friday.

In the clip, the rapper is surrounded  by fans and security as he exits the stage. While he makes his way through the mob, an unidentified woman in dark blue tights and a long-sleeved white shirt is seen reaching down from above to blow Rocky a kiss.

In an effort to get his attention, she taps him on the head, which prompts the entertainer seemingly to slap her across the face.

After the woman recoils, the Harlem rapper is seen apparently wagging his finger in her direction, perhaps warning her not to touch him again.

This is the second controversial video to surface involving Rocky and overzealous fans, following video of an altercation with rowdy fans at a performance at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, TX last year. 

The Sydney show marked the end of the Australia leg of Rocky's overseas tour -- he also traveled to Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth.  A$AP is preparing for a performance in Belfort, France during the Eurock Eennes Festival on July 6.

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Janelle Monáe Releases Video for "Dance Apocalyptic"

Andrew Zaeh/AtlanticAfter teasing fans with a short preview, Janelle Monáe has released the full-length visual for her new single "Dance Apocalyptic."

In the Wendy Morgan-directed video, the singer takes us back to how live TV performances were once filmed in an American Bandstand-inspired offering.  Janelle switches up her infamous hairstyle, opting for long black locks as she jams out to her all-female band for the upbeat party record.

The funky tune serves as the new single for Janelle's upcoming album, The Electric Lady which is due September 10. 

Janelle previously confirmed that the follow-up to 2010's The ArchAndroid will include guest contributions from Miguel and the legendary Prince, as well as her Erykah Badu collaboration “Q.U.E.E.N.” The full tracklist has yet to be revealed, but the singer spilled that there will be a sample from the Pixies' classic "Where Is My Mind?"

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Dierks Bentley and Hunter Hayes Salute Lee Greenwood's Patriotic Classic "God Bless the U.S.A."

Webster PRIt's been nearly 30 years since Lee Greenwood wrote "God Bless the U.S.A.," but the patriotic anthem will still be blaring from car radios and accompanying fireworks displays across the country again this Fourth of July.  Dierks Bentley is just one of the country stars still drawn to "God Bless the U.S.A." even though he's heard it at patriotic events his entire life.

"That song comes on the radio, and my immediate reaction is to immediately, like, turn the channel 'cause I've heard it so many times," Dierks explains.  "By the time my hand goes from the steering wheel to the radio dial, like, I've already, instead of switching it, I'm turning it up, 'cause it sucks you right in."

Hunter Hayes calls "God Bless the U.S.A." a standard in his book.  He marvels at how hard it is to write a good patriotic song like that, saying, "Those are always gonna be a favorite because they have more of an emotional place in your heart, right?  'Cause they are rare.  And because they are rare, they're special."

Lee wrote the lyrics to "God Bless the U.S.A." based on his family's real-life experiences, which may help explain the song's endurance.  That personal touch begins with the song's very first line, "If tomorrow all the things were gone I'd worked for all my life."

Lee says, "It's about being a farmer.  My grandparents raised me on a farm in Sacramento, CA, and when the economy got so bad, they couldn't keep hold of their farm, that's what that line meant."

Of course, "God Bless the U.S.A." includes the line, "I won't forget the men who died," a line that gets a lot of attention from Lee's younger fans, including his own son.

"My 18-year-old son just graduated high school, and when he was about six, [he asked,] 'What does it mean when you wrote about the men who died?'" Lee recalls. "I said, "Those who've sacrificed for our freedom, who mean so much to us.  We could never forget about those."

Fans of "God Bless the U.S.A." may be interested to know the song is partly inspired by Elvis Presley.  Lee performed at the Las Vegas Hilton in the '70s at the same time Elvis was working the main room.  The two performers got to know each other a little bit, and Lee was taken with Elvis's patriotic medley, "An American Trilogy."  Instead of just covering the song outright once he became a country star, Lee decided to write his own patriotic anthem in 1983.  That's how "God Bless the U.S.A." was born.

An exhibit highlighting Lee Greenwood and his classic song is now open at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville.

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Brett Eldredge Launched His Singing Career at Age Four with "The Star-Spangled Banner"

Warner Music NashvillePerforming the national anthem in front of thousands of people will make almost any singer nervous, but it's no sweat for country newcomer Brett Eldredge.  He's been impressing people singing that song since he was four years old.

"That's the first song I ever learned," Brett says.

"The Star-Spangled Banner" is also the first song Brett got paid to perform.

He says, "I used to go to family parties and they'd pay me $5 to sing it.  I'd get really nervous, so I'd stand in the other room, and I'd sing it."

Though it may seem strange for a four-year-old to memorize the national anthem, Brett has a perfectly logical reason for mastering those tricky lyrics so quickly.

"I was watching baseball games, Cubs games, and it would always be on the Cubs games," Brett explains.  "So, that's how -- I heard it so many times, I just learned the words that way."

Brett performed the national anthem for 60,000 country fans at the CMA Music Festival last month in Nashville.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockKellie Pickler's Dancing with the Stars Mirror Ball trophy and the costume she wore for her final dance this past season are both on display as part of the core exhibition at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville.

Look for Dustin Lynch to perform on FOX News' FOX & Friends All-American Summer Concert Series Friday morning.

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Britney's Las Vegas Show May Debut the Week Before New Year's are you doing New Year's Eve?  If you're a Britney Spears fan, you may want to consider booking a plane ticket to Vegas.  The singer's long-awaited residency in Sin City is now targeted to begin the last week of December, according to the Las Vegas Sun.

An executive for Caesars Entertainment tells the paper's Robin Leach, "We honestly hope now to see her two-year residency run start in the week leading up to New Year’s."  The executive cautions that if the work that's being done on the Planet Hollywood theater falls behind, that may change, but the show will "definitely start early in the first quarter of next year."

Another executive told Leach that Britney is "ready and raring to go," and the delays in officially announcing the residency have all been due to "legal and accounting people" on the Caesars end.  "Britney and her people have been wonderful to work with," dishes the exec. "She's been very patient."

A member of Britney's production team tells Leach that she's been "dancing with possible choreographers," and there are discussions underway about the show's concept and director.  Rumor has it that Jamie King, who worked on Cirque du Soleil's Michael Jackson shows, may be tapped to direct the show, since he was also in charge of her Circus and Femme Fatale tours.

Whatever the details, everyone's excited that Britney's finally coming to Vegas. "She's going to be a big hit and a big win for the Strip," one source told the paper.

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Rod Stewart Reveals that Mick Jagger Once Propositioned Him for Group Sex

Penny Lancaster; Universal Music GroupRock fans probably have heard the rumor about the sexual tryst Mick Jagger once had with David Bowie, but now Rod Stewart has revealed that the Rolling Stones frontman also tried to get him into the sack.  In a new interview with the U.K.'s RadioTimes, Stewart says Mick once suggested that the two singers have group sex with Rod's girlfriend at the time, model Dee Harrington, and Jagger's then-wife, Bianca.  However, Stewart says he wasn't interested.

"I've only done that sort of thing once in my life, with a couple of oriental girls, and it's not my thing," he admits.  "I'm a romantic and like a one-on-one situation, candlelight and foreplay, all the old-fashioned things."

Rod also tells the magazine that he considers himself a superior vocalist to Jagger.

"Mick's a fine blues singer, but technically not as good as me," he declares.  "He's made the best of what he's got, but I don't think he could do standards and he may not want to."

Despite his comments, Stewart insists that he feels no sense of one-upsmanship with the Stones legend.

"There's never been much rivalry between any of our generation," he maintains.  "Well, maybe me and Elton [John] but that's friendly."

Rod also talks with RadioTimes about the possibility of reuniting with the other surviving members of his old band The Faces.  He says he's up for doing it, but points out that it may have to wait until guitarist Ronnie Wood is free of his commitments to The Rolling Stones.

"Ronnie and I talk about it, and when The Stones finish -- Mick Jagger is several years older than me -- we'll have a window of opportunity if we're not [too old]," Rod reports.

For Faces fans who may be tired of waiting for a reunion, Stewart says, "Keep the faith.  I've always looked on myself as one of a band and never sought a solo career."

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