Jagger Goes Solo … With Bono and Townshend

ByABC News
August 6, 2001, 6:20 PM

August 2 -- Rolling Stone Mick Jagger is going solo again. Sort of.

The large-lipped Stones frontman is readying his fourth solo album, and accompanying him will be a who's who (literally) of rock stars. Windmilling rock guitarist Pete Townshend of The Who will join Jagger on the as-yet-untitled album, while U2's Bono, Lenny Kravitz, and hip-hop diva Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott will lend guest vocals, Bernard Doherty of LD Publicity tells Reuters.

The album, to be released in November, will be the Rolling Stones frontman's first solo effort in eight years, and despite the A-list guests, it will be Jagger's work alone, Doherty stressed.

Jagger, 58, has written all the material on the album, which includes some cover versions of previously recorded hits.

Jagger and Townshend are said to be relishing the opportunity to work together. The two, who each cracked the music scene in the 1960s, have been friends for years and both have homes in the plush southwest London suburb of Richmond.

"They've known each other since the '60s and they have always been mates," Doherty said.

Other past and present members of the Rolling Stones have released solo albums, including lead guitarist Keith Richards, guitarist Ron Wood, and drummer Charlie Watts, who plays frequently with his own jazz quartet.

Former bassist Bill Wyman's eponymous 1982 album spawned an international smash hit: "Je Suis un Rock Star."

Reuters contributed to this story.