Fans should expect little to no fanfare for the Rolling Stones‘ 60th anniversary this spring when the band hits the road this spring in Europe. Mick Jagger chatted with Rolling Stone promised the upcoming shows would offer up “a light touch” on the historic anniversary, admitting, “I’m not going to push it that hard.”
Following the recent death of Charlie Watts, and with the band now down to only a trio of official member along — with himself, Keith Richards, and Ron Wood — Jagger was pressed as to whether former-Stones Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor might be asked to make cameos as they did during the Stones’ 50th dates: “We’re not going to go there, I don’t think. The tour’s called ‘Sixty,’ but apart from that we’re not going to do too much. I think that’s enough.”
He spoke about crafting the perfect stadium setlist for the tour, admitting, “It’s hard. It should be easy but it’s not as easy as all that to get ones that everyone likes and goes for. It’s the common denominator of getting 50,000 people to want to hear a song that they want. You want to be adventurous — and you can be adventurous for a minute — but you can’t be adventurous for too long, because they get bored.”
Mick Jagger also revealed he co-wrote and sings the theme song to the new Apple TV+ espionage series, Slow Horses. which is based on Mick Herron‘s novels. Both the show and Jagger’s title track premiere on Friday (April 1st).
Mick Jagger told us that in terms of the Rolling Stones’ nightly setlist — just because a song might’ve cooked during rehearsals, it hardly means that it’ll be a hit when introduced onstage: “The thing about when you do running orders, is that it’s completely hypothetical. You don’t know if this song is going to work — and you soon do. And you go out and you do it. And if it doesn’t work. . . you don’t know about songs.”
The Rolling Stones kick off their European tour on June 1st at Madrid, Spain’s Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.