Stones rock & now also roll on Mars
PASADENA, Calif. — There is now a “Rolling Stones Rock” on Mars, and it’s giving Mick, Keith and the boys some serious satisfaction.
NASA named a little stone for the legendary rockers after its InSight robotic lander captured it rolling across the surface of Mars last year, and the new moniker was made public at Thursday night’s Rolling Stones’ concert at the Rose Bowl.
“NASA has given us something we have always dreamed of, our very own rock on Mars. I can’t believe it,” Mick Jagger told the crowd after grooving through a rendition of “Tumbling Dice.”
Robert Downey Jr. announced the name, taking the stage just before the band’s set.
“Cross-pollinating science and a legendary rock band is always a good thing,” the “Iron Man” star said.
He told the crowd that scientists had come up with the name “in a fit of fandom and clever association.”
“Charlie, Ronnie, Keith and Mick — they were in no way opposed to the notion,” Downey said, “but in typical egalitarian fashion, they suggested I assist in procuring 60,000 votes to make it official, so that’s my mission.”
He led the audience in a shout of “aye” before declaring the deed done.
The 76-year-old Jagger had heart surgery earlier this year but showed no signs of poor health as he moved along the catwalk that extended to the middle of the stadium’s field.
Mick Jagger (with drummer Charlie Watts) performs at the Rose Bowl on Thursday.