The buzz about Mick

Rocker icon Jag­ger on new Stones tour, Aretha, and Gram­mys

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NEW YORK — Mick Jag­ger likes a buzz. A nat­u­ral buzz.

The Rolling Stones front­man, who will tour the U.S. next spring with his iconic band (there are no Cana­dian dates planned), 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,” he said.

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 on April 20, 2019.

The 13 shows will hit Florida, Texas, Ari­zona, Cal­i­for­nia, Wash­ing­ton, Colorado, Penn­syl­va­nia, Mas­sachusetts, New Jersey, Illi­nois and Wash­ing­ton, D.C.

“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

Q What can fans ex­pect from the U.S. shows?

A 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 a show, I think. I’m into it.

Q Is it dif­fer­ent per­form­ing in the U.S. com­pared to other ter­ri­to­ries?

A Well, I don’t have to speak for­eign lan­guages nor­mally, so that’s a big dif­fer­ence. When you tour Europe it’s a lot of lan­guages, so I try to do them all and that takes up some time, so (in the U.S.) I can con­cen­trate on some other things. There’s lots of re­gional dif­fer­ences, say be­tween Hous­ton and New York, so you’ve got to tune your­self to that a lit­tle bit. It’s slightly about ad­just­ing your set and at­ti­tude. Its dif­fer­ent. It’s nice that it’s dif­fer­ent, you don’t want it to be com­pletely ho­mo­ge­neous. But it’s great to be go­ing around so many dif­fer­ent ar­eas, dif­fer­ent states and so on.

Q How’s the new mu­sic you’re writ­ing com­ing along?

A 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.

Q You don’t even need to re­lease mu­sic be­cause of the band’s cat­a­logue ...

A 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.”

Q Were you happy with the suc­cess of the band’s blues al­bum, which won a Grammy this year?

A That was good. We weren’t re­ally set­ting out to do that. It just hap­pened. It was a fun thing to do. It was ... stuff we’d known for years since we were kids and played in like clubs, and we knew it all pretty well. I re­ally thought it was great, and the re­sponse was re­ally sur­pris­ing, and I thought that was re­ally won­der­ful. And I just hope we’re go­ing to come up with some new stuff as well.

Q I’m sur­prised the Stones only have three Gram­mys, when other acts have 10 or 20. Does that bother you?

A No, I don’t re­ally care about Gram­mys very much. I’m not say­ing it’s 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.

Q I saw you in the new Aretha documentary ...

A I didn’t even see it yet! ... It was, like, an amaz­ing event. It was so de­layed and long, and I don’t think Aretha wanted it to come out for what­ever rea­sons, and there were so many tech­ni­cal problems with the sound, but I’m glad it’s out and I can’t wait to see it . ... It was quite a lot of preach­ing. Did they leave the preach­ing in?

Q They did.

A I re­mem­ber that very well. Q What else do you re­mem­ber about that day (which fol­lows Franklin as she per­forms two nights at the New Mis­sion­ary Bap­tist Church)?

A I re­mem­ber it re­ally well. It was just a won­der­ful event. It was quite mes­mer­iz­ing from start to fin­ish re­ally. I think I went with Char­lie (Watts) and I think Billy Pre­ston quite pos­si­bly, but I don’t know if you see him there. It was re­ally an amaz­ing, re­ally fan­tas­tic day in church re­ally, which I haven’t had for a while.

Q What do you re­mem­ber about work­ing with film­maker Ni­co­las Roeg, who died a cou­ple days ago and di­rected you in 1970’s Per­for­mance?

A He was a won­der­ful film­maker, and I only worked with him that one time and he was co-direct­ing. And he’s a won­der­ful cin­e­matog­ra­pher and did some great movies, and he was very quirky and all his films were very dif­fer­ent, one to the other. He did some great work, and he had a long life and I’m sad he passed away, but I al­ways re­mem­ber work­ing with him; a won­der­ful guy to work with.

Q I know you’ve pro­duced a lot lately, from TV shows to doc­u­men­taries, but do you want to do more act­ing ?

A 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.

VIC­TO­RIA WILL/INVISION/AP

Mick Jag­ger of the Rolling Stones poses for a por­trait in New York. The Rolling Stones front­man, who will tour Amer­ica 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.

MARK AL­LAN/INVISION/AP

Mick Jag­ger, left, and Keith Richards, of The Rolling Stones, per­form dur­ing their No Fil­ter tour in Lon­don. The Rolling Stones will be rolling through the U.S. next year. The band says it is adding a 13-show leg to its tour in spring 2019, kick­ing off in Mi­ami on April 20.

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