Jagger reviews Obama
The reviews are in, and Mick Jagger sizes up President Obama's singing of the blues this week as nothing short of "courageous."
The Rolling Stones frontman said Thursday the president did "very well" when bluesman Buddy Guy successfully prodded him to join in on a few lines of "Sweet Home Chicago," the blues anthem of the president's hometown, during an East Room concert earlier in the week.
"I thought he was courageous, because there was some element of reluctance," Jagger said, adding, "It was a hard moment for the president to get out of."
Jagger, in a phone interview with the AP, also said he was pleased to see that first lady Michelle Obama was wearing a dress that night designed by L'Wren Scott, his longtime girlfriend, who had a front-row seat for the concert.
Jagger, 68, said he's never been invited to play at the White House before -- or for any head of state -- and he rated it a "surreal gig experience."
"I loved it," he said. "It was really unusual, surreal and strange, but very enjoyable. I went out there and I tried to put out my best."
Santana switching venues
Guitar legend Carlos Santana plans a two-year headlining gig at the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, switching venues from his previous home at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
Representatives for the House of Blues say Santana will have a run of shows in May and June, then return in September, with the residency running through 2013. Tickets go on sale March 3.
Santana says he's happy to call the venue home and plans to honor the diversity and culture that the House of Blues promotes as a company.
Part of each ticket sale will go to Santana's foundation, which supports children's art, education and health.
Future queen is born
Sweden's Crown Princess Victoria gave birth to her first child Thursday, a girl who will one day become queen, prompting banner headlines and 21-gun salutes across the country.
The news gave the royal family a respite from the negative headlines that have dogged King Carl XVI Gustaf, Victoria's father, after a 2010 book made scandalous claims about his private life.
The girl, who is second in line to the Swedish throne, was born at 4:26 a.m., said Victoria's husband, Prince Daniel. She was 20 inches long and weighed 7.23 pounds.
Both the crown princess and the baby are "doing very well," an emotional Daniel told reporters who had waited for the announcement all night at the Karolinska University Hospital in the Stockholm suburb of Solna.
-- From News and wire services