Right now, I have Mick Jagger at the very top of my list of Biggest Assholes in Rock.
I bet Mick hasn't had fun in the Rolling Stones since around Some Girls.
The lippy dictator told Bill Wyman (who is 76 years old) on this current 50th anniversary tour that he could perform two songs. No more than two songs per show. He was so nice that he invited Bill on the whole tour.....for two songs a night. Bill said fuck you very much.
He did the same thing with legendary stones saviour Mick Taylor, but Mick took the bait..and probably needs the cash. Mr. Jagger, Mick Taylor was gold to you and your legacy from 69-74....the best years your band ever had. Take that to the grave with all of your filthy lucre. Please make sure that the great grandchildren of your seven children(a stones record) are taken care of.
I love the recorded Rolling Stones right up to Steel Wheels.....just for the record. Why am I bitching now?
it's been a perfect storm of bad reviews, bad hype and just plain snobby greed...that I'm seeing.
I've seen the Stones 5 times...mostly way back when they were in their 50s. I never thought about it until now but Mick Jagger was going through the motions then and the bullshit has been piled on thicker every tour since then.
His lyrical output has always been underrated (from 19th Nervous Breakdown to Tumblin' Dice to Shattered)...its all good, bumping the borders of genius in some places..yet the stage banter is a disconnect, has been for decades, emotionless, scripted blasphemy. ...it used to make me sad to see him phoning it in on stage...now Ive seen footage of the latest tour...and he looks so robotic, so bored. Who gives a shit about moving like jagger, Mick. Try singing like Jagger.
Maybe its me....but these guests he's bringing on stage, including Carrie Underwood and Katy Perry, dont' make the Stones look hip Mick, it makes you look like creepy Gramps in black Danskins about to yell some version of "Hello Cleveland" any given moment between a missed lick by Keef or Ronnie.
Try not charging an average of 275 a ticket at age 70, Mr. Business first...rock second....wait, cricket is second, then comes merchandise, then fucking(however well septuagenarians fuck). Goddamn, why didn't you fall out of a coconut tree..it might have given you some perspective. Also, try having some respect for Darryl Jones who has been your bass player for 20 years and has never been in a press photo and is probably still hovering around hired gun status....try making me believe that "Its Only Rock and Roll".
..and maybe I'll like it.