If you said Mick Jagger you are far from alone. For 50 years the Rolling Stones frontman has firmly placed his rubber stamp on stardom in the here-today-gone-tomorrow world of rock-n-roll.
The Stones, and in particular Jagger, have been the inspiration for youngsters around the world to grab a guitar and head for the garage with a few of their like-minded buddies. He is as much to rock-n-roll as vinyl records, FM radio and smoke-filled concert halls.
Jagger was quoted years ago as saying, “I would rather be dead than singing ‘Satisfaction’ when I’m 45.” Well, the First Man of the rock world just turned 69. I guess he forgot that one. Or, thankfully, changed his mind somewhere along way.
Rumors of the Rolling Stones reuniting for one more world tour next year contniue to swirl. I for one hope they do. But if they do, I hope they opt for smaller venues and avoid the large arenas. They’ve been there and done that. They should keep their farewell, if that’s what it will be, quaint and personal.
At any rate. Happy birthday Mr. Jagger. To borrow a line from another great rocker, Neil Young, “Long may you run.”
Here’s the Rolling Stones performing ‘Satisfaction’ live back in 1969.