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Mick Jagger has been doing press interviews to promote his new album The Very Best of Mick Jagger. Some of his interesting comments are listed here.
The Stones, who played their first gig back in 1962, have just completed another mammoth tour, this time a two-year trip round the world ending in London in August.
Singer Jagger is 64, drummer Charlie Watts is 66, while guitarists Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood are 63 and 60 respectively.
But the question of how long they can keep rocking for is "a function of many things," Jagger told The Times.
"If you still enjoy what you are doing, and the audience still enjoy coming, then it's a two-way street. Beyond that, 'how long' is a crystal-ball question."
Jagger said the giant rock band had been through some rough patches, especially in the 1980s.
"It is like any office, if you like, or like always being on a committee," the singer said.
"If you are together for a long time, it is inevitable that you go through ups and downs, and there are many times when you can break up."
Jagger jokes about his slender physique saying, “I have to eat and eat and have a few beers to keep my 140 pounds going!”
Twice divorced Jagger on getting married again, he laughs, “I haven’t thought about it this week. This week is a really busy week.”
Next month, The Very Best of Mick Jagger will hit stores. The album includes an incredible piece of rock n’ roll history, a long lost track he recorded with Beatles icon, John Lennon. On whether he forgot about it, he comments, “Well I did actually…and then I found a copy and said that’s really good, you know.”
The Rolling Stones just wrapped a grueling two year tour, he says, “I’m glad I got through the two years without any sort of major physical problems.” When asked why he always has energy, he responds, “I was just born with a lot of energy and so far it’s kept me going.”
As to who should play him if a movie was made about his life, he says, “I’m sure my son could do it really well…he looks just like me when I was 20.”
Jagger reveals he’s a fan of Justin Timberlake saying, “I was watching a Justin Timberlake concert last night on the television and he was really working it.”
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NEW YORK - October 1, 2007 - - Rock legend Mick Jagger sits down with NBC News' Matt Lauer in a rare television interview to air tomorrow, Tuesday, October 2 on "Today." Jagger talks about his new solo album, "The Very Best of Mick Jagger," set for release in the U.S. tomorrow on Atlantic/Rhino Records. Jagger discusses the untold background of the song, "Too Many Cooks (Spoil The Soup)," a previously unreleased collaboration with John Lennon, as well as the cover of "Dancing In The Streets," a collaboration with David Bowie. Jagger also talks to Lauer about the death of his father and the impact his dad had on his life and music career.
Below are excerpts from the interview. Photography from the interview is available on nbcumv.com.
Jim Bell is the executive producer of "Today" (Mon. - Fri., 7 - 11 a.m.).
JAGGER ON JOHN LENNON AND "TOO MANY COOKS (SPOIL THE SOUP)":
LAUER: What was your relationship with John Lennon at that time? I mean, were you guys good pals?
JAGGER: we were married. (LAUGHTER)
LAUER: See, that never made the headlines.
JAGGER: No-- yeah, no, we was good friends, John and I. But he was going through a crisis in his marriage. So, he was going out a lot. So, I liked to go out a lot too. So, we-- there we bonded.
LAUER: Rumor has it.
JAGGER: So we used to see each other more. He brought the song with him. Said, "This is a song I really like. I heard it on the radio." LAUER: So, he brought the song to--
JAGGER: Yeah, he--
JAGGER: normally these sessions were just blues jams. And they'd just go on, everyone get very sort of stoned and they'd play on it but nothing would really come out of it, you know. There wasn't any songs that was like-- so then, so, he put on this-- this song.
And we said, "Yeah, this is great. We could do this." We were very happy to have something to focus on. So-- and then we all learned it very, very quickly. And John was so impressed we all could learn it. I said, "You know, it's pretty easy, John. This is what we do." And I always thought when I went back to these sessions that John was playing guitar on this. But he-- now-- the engineer said-- no, he said, "He wasn't playing guitar. He was producing." I say, "Okay, he was producing."
LAUER: So, he has-- he has no musical input on--
JAGGER: No, he-- no, he played the guitar on the-- on the beginning of it. And then he was started like-- "I'm-- now, I'm-- I'm producing," he said very proudly. And well, he goes into the booth and starts producing.
LAUER: So, he didn't say a word to you? He just sat in the booth?
JAGGER: He was doing the encouraging role. "You're great. You're fantastic. Do it one more time." And it was done.
JAGGER ON "DANCING IN THE STREETS":
LAUER: what stands out in your mind about that song?
JAGGER: We walked in the studio, David and I. And there were the musicians. They'd learned the song, which they knew probably anyway. But they got it all right, perfect key.
LAUER: How long, start to finish.
JAGGER: Start to finish like five minutes and two takes just for luck.
JAGGER ON HIS FATHER:
LAUER: On a more serious note, since the last time we spoke, we were together in Hartford behind the scenes--
JAGGER: Yeah, I remember that.
LAUER: --of your tour. And last year your-- your dad passed away.
JAGGER: Yeah, he did.
LAUER: And my condolences on that. Can you tell me a little bit about him.
JAGGER: Well-- he had a wonderful long life. He was--
JAGGER: Yeah, he was 93 when he died//he was a very good father to me. So, you know, I was really-- because of that I think-- because of him and my mother, of course, but they gave me a really solid-- grounding in life. And they were very supportive of me even though--
LAUER: At all times
JAGGER: --rock and roll. I mean-- There was a few rocky times when they didn't quite understand what I was doing. But that's normal, you know.
LAUER: You said, "If I'm singing Satisfaction when I'm 40 I'm going to kill myself." And I watched you sing it during that tour. And I watched you at the Beacon sing it again. And you know what? You looked like you were having the time of your life. So, what change?
JAGGER: I don't know. I think it was one of those things you say to-- I've learned-- I never say-- you never say those things.
No, I love doing it. I mean, I love performing. It's-- it's a fantastic thing.
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