Sat­is­fac­tion as rock’s rock of ages turns 70

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LON­DON: He is still a bun­dle of en­ergy on stage, still wear­ing skintight jeans and croon­ing with the same sexy voice that has helped sell mil­lions of records for the last 50 years.

But Mick Jag­ger yes­ter­day passed a mile­stone that few of his fans could have imag­ined when he sang the fa­mous lyrics of Sat­is­fac­tion in 1965: he’s turned 70.

How­ever, when he sings such hits th­ese days, he’s still, in many ways, the same skinny front­man of the Rolling Stones, the leg­endary Bri­tish band that Jag­ger rode to fame.

Which­ever hit he sings, it would be sung through the same fat lips that have be­come an al­most iconic sym­bol of the Rolling Stones, a band that keeps on per­form­ing and per­form­ing, pow­ered par­tially by Jag­ger’s non­stop en­ergy.

Just last month the Stones toured the US. Shortly af­ter­ward, Jag­ger, now a two-time grand­fa­ther, donned a jacket cov­ered in green se­quins to per­form at the Glas­ton­bury Fes­ti­val in Eng­land. Ear­lier this month, the band thrilled thou­sands of fans at a con­cert in Hyde Park in Lon­don.

The sched­ule hardly sounds like that of the geri­atric band dubbed the Strolling Bones in the Bri­tish press. The band it­self is more than a half cen­tury old, hav­ing started af­ter a chance meet­ing be­tween Jag­ger and Keith Richards at an English train sta­tion.

Known for his thin frame and tight dance moves, Jag­ger also has worked on his own projects, in­clud­ing the solo al­bum She’s the Boss in 1985.

When it came to women, Jag­ger was the ul­ti­mate bad boy. Once asked in an in­ter­view when he re­alised he was a wom­an­iser, he said it was when he was about 18, af­ter the Stones started play­ing in Lon­don clubs. He re­alised he was get­ting a lot of at­ten­tion from women, which he said nor­mally wasn’t the case.

Tabloid news­pa­pers, in par­tic­u­lar, rel­ished writ­ing head­lines about Jag­ger’s pri­vate life. The twice-mar­ried Jag­ger has seven chil­dren with four women.

Al­though Jag­ger hasn’t com­pletely lost his bad boy im­age, he’s made fewer head­lines in re­cent years. For his con­tri­bu­tions to pop mu­sic, Jag­ger was knighted in 2003.

Asked what it meant to him, Jag­ger told The Guardian news­pa­per “not much”, but added that his fa­ther was very proud. – Sapa-dpa

PIC­TURE: REUTERS

START HIM UP? Mick Jag­ger, at 70, shows he’s still got all the moves, swag­ger and lip power as he per­forms on the Pyra­mid Stage at Glas­ton­bury mu­sic fes­ti­val at Wor­thy Farm in Somerset last month

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