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Stones ready NJ show with Lady Gaga, Springsteen


NEW YORK (AP) — Lady Gaga toned down? That's a possibility when she performs with the Rolling Stones on the final concert marking the band's 50th anniversary.

The avant-garde pop star is set to join the Stones Saturday night at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. But it may not be the colorful Gaga that audiences have come to expect.

"I think Mick (Jagger) said she wanted to do it without any of that (glitz and glam), which would be fun actually," says drummer Charlie Watts.

"But I don't mind if she dresses up in whatever. He does, so why shouldn't she?" he chuckled in an interview Tuesday, as Ronnie Wood joined in the laughter.

"I'll tell you, some of (Mick's) outfits are Lady Gaga," Watts continued.

"He's moating on the last song. He had this huge feather thing on," Wood said, referring to one of Jagger's onstage ensembles during the group's "50 and Counting" mini-tour, which has included stops in London and New York. They will also play in Newark on Thursday.

Despite all the commotion that surrounds Gaga, the Rolling Stones believe she's the real deal.

"I think underneath she's very talented," Wood said. "I happen to like the way she sings, and it'll be interesting to see the way she handles it."

The Newark show on Saturday will also feature Bruce Springsteen and the Black Keys.

"I think they've all done interesting things and they're from different kinds of music and they're all American, but they're all different generations so ... they represent different parts of American music in a way," Jagger said.

Former Rolling Stones member Mick Taylor will also take the stage at the show, which will be available as a pay-per-view special.

"Well, you reach a lot of people in one go and hopefully there'll be a lot so you'll make some money doing it," Watts said, as Wood added with a laugh: "We put a lot of money into this, so we want to try to get some out, too."

Wood was most excited when asked if the band will perform more concerts in the future. Jagger, though, was reserved.

"I'm going to see what happens. I've quite enjoyed doing these shows, you know, there's no real reason why you shouldn't do more. But we haven't actually booked any or planned any."

"It's time out your life, doing tours," Watts said. "But as Keith (Richards) would say if he was sitting here, 'What else are you going to do?' And I don't have an answer."

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