Mick On-Line: Mick Jagger hit the information superhighway before going on the road. The Rolling Stones’ lead singer tapped into the Prodigy service on Friday, answering questions about the Stones’ 43-city U.S. tour, which opens today in Washington, and offering some listening tips. Jagger said fans should listen up for “Waiting on a Friend,” which will be a hot number in concert. But forget “Stray Cat Blues.” He said it’s sounding “dreadful” in practice. As for the hits that top his list, Jagger said the group’s most important songs are “Satisfaction” and “Honky Tonk Woman,” because they were the biggest hits, not necessarily the best.
Playing the Farm: Additional groups have signed up to perform at Bethel ’94, one of the two competing concerts celebrating Woodstock’s 25th anniversary set for the weekend of Aug. 12. Michael Hedges, the Radiators, Hugh Masekela, Bo Diddley, the Hatters, Stanley Jordan, the Smithereens, the Subdudes, Big Mountain, Maceo Parker and Bela Fleck and the Flecktones will join the 14 previously announced groups scheduled to play on Max Yasgur’s farm in Bethel, N.Y., the site of the original Woodstock concert.
A Sad Note: Pianist Van Cliburn interrupted his 17-city tour with the Moscow Philharmonic after his mother suffered a stroke. Rildia Cliburn, 97, had a stroke Thursday at her home in Westover Hills, Tex. Cliburn canceled his Friday concert in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and it was uncertain when his tour would resume. His next scheduled performance is Tuesday at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City. Cliburn’s mother was his piano teacher until he entered the Juilliard School at age 17. She taught him several of the major works with which he is identified, including Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1. The pianist’s current tour has been marked by dizzy spells and program changes. Since his July 11 appearance at the Hollywood Bowl, Cliburn has continued not to play the announced Rachmaninoff Concerto No. 3 at all tour stops, playing only the also-announced Tchaikovsky’s Concerto No. 1.
A ‘Big Joke’: Tom Arnold, a guest on CNN’s “Larry King Live” last week, was asked by King to respond to NBC’s plans for an unauthorized TV movie bio called “Tom and Roseanne: A Hollywood Marriage.” “I’m surprised they would waste their time with something like that,” said Arnold. “How are they going to sensationalize my life? Someone told me they are looking for Rosie O’Donnell to play Rosie and Jim Belushi to play me. Now, wouldn’t that be a step down for Jim Belushi? He’s a bigger star than I am. They aren’t going to find anybody to play us. . . . When someone told me about . . . (the TV movie), I thought it was a big joke.”
Fit for a Queen: Rapper and actress Queen Latifah will host her first prime-time special, a night of music set in the trendy House of Blues in Los Angeles featuring her friends Arrested Development, All-4-One and Heavy D. “AT&T; Presents: Queen Latifah and Friends” will air Aug. 11 at 9 p.m. on Fox. Magic Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal, Shai and KayGee of Naughty by Nature will also appear on the show.
Bobbitt, Live Onstage: John Wayne Bobbitt, best-known for his disastrous marriage and his surgically reconstructed anatomy, showed up at the Hudson Theatre on Saturday night as a guest on “The Dysfunctional Show,” a weekly parody of Sally Jesse Raphael, Phil Donahue, et al. The topic: God’s gift to women. Other guests are played each week by various stand-up comics and actors. No master of improv technique, Bobbitt bravely fielded audience questions such as, “Would you own a set of Ginsu knives?” and “Are you now available?” “No,” he said, “I’ve just been reattached.”
Former police chief Daryl Gates will be a guest on the syndicated talk show “Rolonda” today (on KCAL Channel 9 at 2 p.m.) to discuss the O.J. Simpson case. The show, usually broadcast from New York, will wrap up its Los Angeles visit today. . . . Jane Pauley has a two-part interview with Michael Fay, the American teen who was caned in Singapore, that will air on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s “Dateline NBC.” . . . Actress Mariette Hartley will narrate “A Baby’s World,” a six-part series chronicling a human baby’s development during the first three years of life. The series, which uses camera techniques to film the world through an infant’s eyes, premieres Sept. 11 on cable’s Learning Channel. . . . Daniel Gerroll (“Chariots of Fire”) will team up with his wife, “Sisters” star Patricia Kalember, when he joins the cast of the NBC series in a recurring role this fall. Gerroll will play a therapist to whom Kalember’s character turns for help with her son.