Ahead of their next 14-date tour – which marks 60 years since rolling stones formed – Mick JaggerAnd Keith Richards And Ronnie Wood They share how they stay sexy in their 70s. Jagger and Richards are both 78 years old, while Wood will celebrate his 75th birthday on June 1.
In a new interview with Sunday timesJagger acknowledges that the band’s extensive touring schedule defies expectations about aging, although he welcomes the challenge.
The British rock singer says, “Rock and roll, or any kind of pop frankly, isn’t supposed to take place when you’re in your 70s. It wasn’t designed for that. Doing anything high-energy at that age really pushes it. But that’s It makes it more difficult. So, he’s like, “Okay, we’ve got to do this right,” but it has to be as full as possible. Of course you can play another kind of music—we have a lot of stories. I can sit in a chair.”
Although he is now traveling with a cardiologist after undergoing heart valve replacement surgery in 2019, the famous slim man is committed to continuing his exercise routine. One would expect nothing less from the man who inspired Moves Like Jagger.
Jagger describes his regime as “six weeks of training even before rehearsals begin. I do dance, gym, every day of the week. I don’t enjoy it much, but it must be done.”
For Richards, from Give up the 55-year-old’s cigarette habit Two years ago, preparations for his concert these days were more subtle than his liberal reputation might suggest.
“I may or may not have a strong drink, but I usually don’t,” he says. “You know, I’m out of it all. I’ve spent my whole life letting things go, so it’s about that now.”
Meanwhile, Wood is conscious of his health after bouts of lung cancer and small cell carcinoma over the past five years.
“After all my battles these last years with the big C, I try to keep moving, keep my joints warm—stretching and stuff,” Green Juice fans share.
The Drummer Charlie Watts dies Last August, following complications from heart surgery, he remains number one in the minds of surviving members of the group.
“I wouldn’t expect there to be more than that if I turned around during the show,” Jagger says. “But I think about him. Not only during training or on stage, but in other ways as well. I had called him and talked about the Arsenal game last night because he supported Spurs and I am Arsenal. I miss him as a player and as a friend. On the show, when we come to the front and bow at the end, There’s no Charlie. He’ll always be the last person to fall. I’ll say, “Come on, what do you have to do?” He was fiddling with his sticks because he always had to sit on them straight before he got off the seat.”
While rockers do their best to maintain youth and vitality, they agree that old age has one advantage: emotional maturity. Although in-band brawls are the stuff of legend, Jagger credits “becoming more mature” while keeping things calm, not chaotic.
“It’s true, and it took a long time,” the singer says. “We’re in a very immature business. I have no illusions about it. But that doesn’t mean you have to be immature.”
Wood, who was not announced as an official member of the Rolling Stones in 1976, adds: “We’ve matured among ourselves. Attitudes within the band are no longer so farfetched. It used to be everything ‘Oh, crawling again under your rock.'” “I’ve had many years of ‘shut up, you’re the new boy’, that kind of feeling, but now every round has a changing demeanor. Mick has been through many different moods and images in his life, and he’s come back to this as a really warm person. Keith too.”