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Mick Jagger’s 80th: Rediscovering Rock ‘n’ Roll Anthems!

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Mick Jagger’s 80th: Rediscovering Rock ‘n’ Roll Anthems!

Update – 24 july , 2023

“Even after 60 years since the band’s inception, The Rolling Stones frontman continues to captivate packed arenas with his iconic strutting and gyrating moves, as evident from their recent European tour.”

Mick Jagger Celebrates His 80th: Rediscovering the Finest Anthems of the Rock 'n' Roll Showman
Mick Jagger Celebrates His 80th: Rediscovering the Finest Anthems of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Showman / credit – getty images

Mick Jagger, the timeless frontman of The Rolling Stones, once crooned about the challenges of aging, but as he reaches the momentous milestone of turning 80, there’s no sign of him slowing down. Still captivating packed arenas, he continues to strut and gyrate, most recently gracing European stages during the band’s 60th-anniversary tour.

Despite his iconic status in the counterculture movement of the 60s, Jagger remains youthful and full of energy. In 2019, he underwent a heart valve replacement, yet his dedication to fitness through running, kick-boxing, cycling, and yoga has preserved his svelte figure and lasting vigor as a dynamic showman.

The “Sixty” tour, a 14-date triumph, wrapped up last year, briefly interrupted only when Jagger tested positive for Covid. Sadly, it was also the first tour without the beloved drummer, Charlie Watts, who passed away in 2021. The band, determined to honor their late comrade, plans to release a new album this year, featuring special guests like Beatles legend Paul McCartney and former Stones bassist Bill Wyman, even after three decades since his departure from the group.

Beyond The Rolling Stones, Jagger joined forces with Nirvana’s drummer Dave Grohl in 2021, co-writing “Eazy Sleazy,” a song reflecting life during the pandemic.

Jagger’s contributions to the music world are undeniable, with unforgettable hits like “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” “Gimme Shelter,” “Sympathy for the Devil,” and “Not Fade Away,” which played pivotal roles in igniting the cultural and social explosion of the 1960s.

As a charismatic frontman, Jagger was known for pushing boundaries, fully embracing the era’s sexual revolution and recreational drug use.

Born Michael Philip Jagger on July 26, 1943, to middle-class parents in Dartford, south of London, he began his musical journey by jamming with his childhood friend Keith Richards in 1960, bonding over their shared love for the blues, leading to a productive and occasionally tumultuous relationship that has endured through the years.

 

Mick Jagger Celebrates His 80th: Rediscovering the Finest Anthems of the Rock 'n' Roll Showman
Mick Jagger Celebrates His 80th: Rediscovering the Finest Anthems of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Showman / credit – getty images

Mick Jagger’s 80th: Rediscovering Rock ‘n’ Roll Anthems!

Jagger’s journey to fame began when he left the London School of Economics to pursue his dreams. In 1965, the band achieved their first major success with the chart-topping hit “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.”

Over the next five decades, the band produced a string of massive hits, including classics like “Brown Sugar,” “Honky Tonk Women,” and “Paint It Black.”

However, their fame extended beyond their music, as they became known for their wild off-stage antics as much as their on-stage performances.

In 1967, both Jagger and Richards faced legal trouble for drug offenses. Tragically, founding member Brian Jones met an untimely end, drowning in his swimming pool in 1969, a victim of the rock and roll lifestyle.

Reflecting on the past, Jagger expressed regret for not fully understanding Jones’s drug addiction at the time. During the era, substances like LSD were new, and the potential harm was not widely known. Many believed that cocaine had beneficial qualities.

Despite the controversies and indulgences fueled by drugs, Jagger remained mindful of the band’s commercial success. As a result, he amassed an impressive fortune estimated at £310 million ($400 million) according to the Sunday Times Rich List of 2021.

Though he once epitomized the image of a rebellious figure, Jagger transformed into a respected establishment figure in later life. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2002, becoming “Sir Mick,” and often enjoys watching cricket matches at Lord’s while supporting the England cricket team.

In 2016, Jagger became a father for the eighth time when his current partner, American dancer Melanie Hamrick, gave birth to their son. Prior to this, he already had seven children from four previous relationships.

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