Mick Jagger not only hosted “Saturday Night Live” and appeared in nearly every skit, he also rocked out with guitar god Jeff Beck in a bluesy new number and sang classic Stones songs with Foo Fighters and Aracade Fire.
The 68-year-old Rolling Stone frontman was unstoppable on stage. His voice sounded amazingly strong and he could have gone right out the door on tour, he looked so fit and energized.
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He was definitely in concert mode. Most Rolling Stone shows are three hours of non-stop music, and Sir Mick acted like he could play all night. He joked in his opening monologue that he was doing what he did best, standing still and talking.
But during his turns with the band he was really doing what he does best, rock out with olid rhythm and blues.
“My roots are in blues music. I love the blues because in any era the blues talked about what’s on peoples’ minds,” said Jagger announcing the song he wrote about the presidential election.
To help him with it, he brought on old pal Jeff Beck, one of the consummate blues guitarists of his time. The English rocker helped launch the “British Invasion in the United States in the 1960s as part of the Yardbirds.
After that he played with The Jeff Beck Group and Beck, Bogert & Appice. In all he’s won seven Grammy’s for instrumental performances.
Mick knows a little bit about politics. After all, he attended the London School of Economics. But Beck stole the song with his out-of-this-world playing.
Jagger teamed up with Arcade Fire to sing “Last Time,” a classic Stones song out of their rhythm and blues repertoire. The tune began with a reverential choral introduction before Arcade Fire laid down the unmistakable opening riff.
Jagger held center stage with all his classic moves as well. The Canadian indie rock band, with Win Butler and Régine Chassagne, singing backup, played the song in straight up Stones style.
Jagger seemed to have the most fun playing two Stones songs with the Foo Fighters. Led by former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl, the alternative rock band emerged out of Seattle after the death of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain.
The fighters also broke into a classic 1965 Stones song, “19th Nervous Breakdown” then segued into “It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll.” The Foo Fighters know how to crank it up and the 68-year-old Jagger didn’t miss a beat.
Check out the performances.