For many, when fame either gets old or is fleeting, they turn to notoriety. This is the career stage that has been reached by Mick Jagger, who, after years of sexual innuendo and phallic stageplay, is now working over a different kind of Bush.

The Rolling Stones have been around for 43 years, and certainly don’t need help selling out concert venues. They do, however, need to generate publicity for “new material” that not many people buy. The attempt will be futile.

Shortly before the “Steel Wheelchairs” tour begins, we discover that the Stones have a song on the new album called “Sweet Neocon.”

The word “neocon” is getting old, isn’t it? It seems to be very popular, while serving no real purpose. In that sense, it’s kind of a political “pet rock” of the new millennium for liberal whiners and hard line ultra conservative old-schoolers, many of whom have no idea what the term really means– and that apparently includes Jagger.

Here’s an elegant line from “Sweet Neocon”:

“You call yourself a Christian, I call you a hypocrite/You call yourself a patriot, well I think you’re full of shit.”

There were more lyrics, but they were interrupted by my yawns.

Some comparisons have been drawn with the Dixie Chicks, but the Stones have reached “critical mass” and won’t see any obvious backlash. Conservative fans will still go to the concerts in droves. The Dixie’s drew and shot too quickly.

The Chicks’ lost some fan base, and their only remaining hope was to become free-speech icons for sympathetically liberal country music fans who didn’t support the war in Iraq – all three of them. That explains why we haven’t heard from them in a while.

The Stones will get away with this one, though, mostly because nobody cares about new material from classic rock bands anyway. If they change the lyrics of “Brown Sugar” or “Tumblin’ Dice”, then people will get ticked off.

Speaking of phoniness, nobody in the world will convince me that Mick’s hair is real. Somebody somewhere is missing a toilet seat cover.


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