Mick Jagger tested positive for the virus, canceling The Rolling Stones shows. He posted a video shortly before he knew he was ill, but likely had the virus.
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The Rolling Stones just played their first show in Liverpool in around 50 years, as per the reports of Ultimate Classic Rock. The band decided to play a song composed by another legendary band with whom the Stones are perennially associated.
Mick Jagger talks about the cover song
The song “I Wanna Be Your Man” was composed by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, but was recorded by both the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, with both bands’ versions seeing release in November 1963.
According to comments made by Mick Jagger, Lennon and McCartney approached them with the song. “[T]hey played it and we thought it sounded pretty commercial, which is what we were looking for, so we did it like Elmore James or something,” Jagger recalled. “I haven’t heard it for ages but it must be pretty freaky ’cause nobody really produced it. It was completely crackers, but it was a hit and sounded great onstage.”
In footage taken from the Liverpool show, Jagger hints that the Stones are about to play “You’ll Never Walk Alone” — they were, after all, playing at Liverpool’s home stadium Anfield — before heading in a different direction. And it turns out his assessment of the song all those years ago was correct — it does sound pretty great in a live setting.
The Rolling Stones are currently doing a tour as they are celebrating their 60th anniversary as a band. They are having a run of stadium shows across Europe. Keith Richards recently spoke about the band and addressed the speculations regarding the band’s future.
The guitarist said in an interview with The Sun that the British group intends to stay together for as long as they can:
“I think the most important thing is that the people in the band want to stay together. That helps! We had our ups and downs, of course. But in the end, we always noticed that we are more creative together.”
“And, of course, across these – my God! – six decades, you have got used to each other. The special thing about being part of a well-rehearsed group is knowing the others so well that you can predict up to a certain point what is going to happen next.”