Mick Jagger likes a buzz. A natural buzz.
The Rolling Stones frontman, who will tour the United States next spring with his iconic band, says live shows give him a rush that can’t be matched and is the reason that at 75, he still loves touring.
“When you go out in front of all those people you get an enormous rush of chemicals in your body – your own chemicals, not chemicals you’ve put in,” he said laughing. “Let’s face it, it is a huge buzz. Must be like playing football or something.”
Jagger should feel like a football player since he’ll be playing the same stadiums as NFL stars when the Stones’ No Filter tour launches in Miami, Florida on April 20, 2019.
“Basically your life’s attuned to doing those few hours onstage and everything else is a build up to that. Of course, you get to enjoy yourself at other times, but really you’re thinking about the next show or the show you’re doing that night,” said Jagger, who will be joined onstage with Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts.
“A lot of prep time goes into that – keeping yourself (together) so you can get through the whole thing without screwing up physically and mentally and keeping yourself really sharp. But I really enjoy it.”
What can fans expect from the shows?
A good night out! A good night out for all. We did a kind of similar tour in Europe this summer, so it’s got a lot of fun. It’s pretty high energy and it’s a good show, I think. I’m into it.
How’s the new music you’re writing coming along?
It’s going good. I’ve got lots of stuff. I’m doing some more writing this week. And I’m always, like, messing around. I enjoy the writing process a lot. I mean, you always think the last thing you wrote is really wonderful and sometimes they’re really not (laughs). But it’s really fun doing it and it’s really enjoyable doing new things.
You don’t even need to release music because of the band’s catalogue …
Yeah, and we haven’t released that much and I think it’s a shame we haven’t released more new music. So, I would hope we’re going to release some music.
We do have a huge catalogue. The thing about the catalogue is when we come up to doing a tour like this, I try and go back and find some stuff that we haven’t done ever or we haven’t done very much and try to mix it in, so it isn’t always the same show.
But when you’re playing a really big show, there’s a certain amount of songs people want to hear – you don’t have to play them – but there’s a certain percentage of the songs that people will want to hear and if you don’t do them, they’ll go, “Wish he’d done that one.”
Were you happy with the success of the band’s blues album, which won a Grammy this year?
That was good. We weren’t really setting out to do that. It just happened. It was a fun thing to do. The response was really surprising.
I’m surprised the Stones only have three Grammys, when other acts have 10 or 20. Does that bother you?
No, I don’t really care about Grammys very much. I’m not saying it’s not not nice to have, it’s lovely to have. But it’s not going to break my heart if I don’t get Grammys and if my Grammys count is not as big as other peoples. But it’s very nice to get a Grammy. I appreciate it.
I know you’ve produced a lot lately, from TV shows to documentaries, but do you want to do more acting?
I just actually finished doing a cameo part in a movie which is kind of a twisted thriller, which is called The Burnt Orange Heresy. I just finished doing that in Italy. I did a couple weeks on that, so it’ll be out next year. It was only a small part, but fun to do. – AP