Mick Jagger on Rolling Stones' Desired Legacy

Inside the camaraderie of rock legends: Jagger and McCartney

by Zain ul Abedin
Mick Jagger on Rolling Stones' Desired Legacy
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After an exhilarating 18-year wait, fans are abuzz with the announcement that Mick Jagger's iconic rock band, the Rolling Stones, are set to release their first album of original music. But it's not just the music that's garnering attention.

In a recent candid interview with The Times, Jagger opened up about the legacy he envisions for the legendary rock band and how he wishes them to be enshrined in rock 'n' roll history. “The key thing I hope for is simple: I want the Rolling Stones to be remembered as an outstanding rock band,” said Jagger, reinforcing the idea that the Stones' musical journey over the past 61 years speaks for itself.

He further elaborated, “In the grand tapestry of rock, there will be the indomitable Beatles and the ever-resilient Rolling Stones. Together, they encapsulate the very essence of the rock era”. At 80, Jagger's reflections come with the wisdom of age and experience, acknowledging that while the Stones have had a longer run, both bands have made indelible marks in music history.

Jagger's Playful McCartney Anecdote

A highlight of the interview was when Jagger delved into his relationship with fellow rock icon, Paul McCartney. He brought up a comment McCartney once made about the Rolling Stones, suggesting they were primarily a blues cover band.

Jagger humorously responded, “In their early days, even the Beatles started as a kind of blues cover band. It's a rite of passage for most – every nascent band begins by covering classics”. Jagger, always the showman, revealed a playful on-tour habit of his.

“During concerts, I enjoy sparking excitement by claiming a celebrity is present even when they aren’t. Once, I declared, ‘Paul McCartney's here tonight and might join us for some blues covers,’” he chuckled.

Wrapping up the interview on a light note, Jagger shared a behind-the-scenes tidbit, “I shot Paul a text thanking him. His comment has become a treasure trove of comedic gold for me”. With new music on the horizon and such rich history behind them, the Rolling Stones continue to be a testament to enduring rock 'n' roll greatness.