As the front man for the Rolling Stones for the last 40 years, Mick Jagger and the boys continue to pack houses and play their unique style of rock and roll all over the world. “Today” host Matt Lauer takes a look at Sir Mick, who’s showing no signs whatsoever of slowing down, on the eve of his big day.
JAGGER IS one of the world’s biggest superstars and a force to be reckoned with at any age.
Born Michael Philip Jagger on July 26, 1943, he grew up in a middle class family in Dartford, England.
Described as shy and intelligent, Mick fell in love with music while a student at the London School of Economics.
In 1962, he and boyhood friend Keith Richards formed a little band called the Rolling Stones.
“I think from the start Mick Jagger brought a certain decadence and a certain elegance to rock and roll,” said David Wild of Rolling Stone magazine. “Sort of a combo platter of the two that people can’t get enough of.”
In 1965, the Stones took America by storm with lyrics by Mick and a legendary riff by guitarist Keith Richards — their song “Satisfaction” became an anthem to millions.
With a combination of blues and rock, coupled with Mick’s legendary swagger and defiant attitude, the Stones sent a message to America’s youth during the ’60s and ’70s.
“I think the Stones were a social force, not just a musical force and I think what there were selling was a form of rebellion a form of abandon a form of freedom,” said Wild.
Mick and the Stones lived life on the edge. They made headlines on and off the stage, solidifying the band’s reputation as the bad boys of rock and roll.
“The phrase everybody thinks of is ‘Sex, drugs and rock-and-roll,’” said Wild. “Mick Jagger really had the sex and rock-and-roll covered; within the band he had other people to focus on the drug part, but he really was sort of the defining sexual force in rock and roll.”
You can’t always get what you want, but Mick tries. Married and divorced to, first, Bianca Jagger, and then model Jerry Hall, he’s the father of seven, by four different women.
Now a grandfather, Jagger shows no signs of slowing down. He says trips to the gym, and performing keep him fit.
Last year Matt Lauer talked to Mick and Keith as they kicked off their latest tour.
Matt Lauer: “How does it feel the morning after a concert — do you wake up feeling like you were in a car accident?”
Mick Jagger: “Sometimes I do, I’ve got to tell you. You just got to try and do each show. It can be pretty debilitating but you usually find you get out there and the audience gives it back to you.”
Lauer: “How will you guys know when it’s time not to do this any more?”
Keith Richards: “We know when the hearse drives up!”
Saturday night Mick will celebrate his 60th birthday with a gift to his fans — strutting his stuff live in Prague.
Says Rolling Stone’s Wild: “If you could spend Mick Jagger’s birthday night going to Prague and seeing him you would have experienced not only rock-and-roll history, you would have experienced the living, breathing, power of rock-and-roll and what could be better than that?”