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Jagger to Sing on Matchbox Album

Stones frontman lends vocals to "I Got a Disease"

December 14, 2001 12:00 AM ET

Mick Jagger will appear on Matchbox Twenty's third record, which the band will record next year. Returning a favor to Matchbox frontman Rob Thomas -- who co-wrote and contributed vocals to "Visions of Paradise" from Jagger's recent solo album, Goddess in the Doorway -- Jagger sings on the band's "I Got a Disease."

Even after co-writing and singing the smash hit "Smooth" for Santana, Thomas was not above being star-struck in the presence of the Rolling Stones singer. "I was just a nervous kid in a room with Mick Jagger trying not to look like an idiot and I still looked like an idiot," he says. "But at least we got a good song out of it."

Matt Serlectic, who produced 1996's Yourself or Someone Like You and 2000's Mad Season, will again man the boards. "We're going to start pre-production at the beginning of the year, so by the summer we should start making a record," Thomas says. "We've got enough songs now to make two records, but once we cut those down to the ones that are really good, then cut those down to the ones we think are really great, we'll probably have to still write another half a record."

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