Mick Jagger at 78 makes a lot of us look bad. While prancing and using gestures only in the manner he can, when you read that Jagger defies time, it’s true.
Short story — rock ‘n roll doesn’t get any better than seeing the Rolling Stones.
Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, and Ronnie Wood performed at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada on November 6, 2021, and having been there taught me a redundant life lesson.
The last time I saw the Stones was in 1989 at the Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. I thought they were great then, but I have to say except for everyone missing Charlie Watts, they were still great this time around.
I was so amazed. Jagger moving around like he’s the oldest teenager in the stadium, and I’m moaning about sore calves having walked nearly six miles around Vegas earlier that day.
The beginning of the performance appropriately included images of Watts across the massive screens above the stage. When Jagger announced how back in the early 1960s they had met a great drummer, Charlie Watts, the fans went crazy. The show was dedicated to Watts. Some fans in the audience were probably wondering what the show would be like without him, but 64-year-old drummer, Steve Jordan, who’s no stranger to the Stones or other well-known musicians did a great job filling in.
Jagger’s high energy is always an addition to defining his style.
A new song written during the pandemic called Living in a Ghost Town was performed. Ruby Tuesday was fabulous as well as Jumpin’ Jack Flash, You Can’t Always Get What You Want, and Satisfaction. Backup vocalist, Sasha Allen, and Jagger blasted out another favorite, Gimme Shelter.
All other memorable songs performed were ones fans have loved for years. And you know, every Stones fan has a favorite or two or three. I mean, they’ve only been performing for over 50 years so there are a lot of favorite songs.
So that same life lesson I always learn? If you see an experience in front of you, have it. If someone invites you to have an experience, have it. And if they put you in the fourth row behind the pit from the stage, be grateful.