Ahead of their upcoming 14-day tour – which marks their 60th anniversary Rolling Stones form– Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood are sharing how they stay alive in their 70s. Jagger and Richards are both 78, and Wood will celebrate his 75th birthday on June 1.
in a new interview sunday timesJagger admits that the band’s exhaustive tour schedule defies expectations of aging, though it’s a challenge he welcomes.
“Honestly, rock or pop music of any kind shouldn’t be played when you’re in your 70s,” the British rocker said. “It wasn’t designed for that. Doing anything high-energy at this age really does is pushing it. But that makes it more challenging. So it’s like, ‘Okay, we have to get this right,’ but it has to be as comprehensive as possible. Of course you can do another kind of music — —We have a lot of ballads. I can sit in a chair.”
Although he is now traveling with a cardiologist after undergoing heart valve replacement surgery in 2019, the famously flexible frontman remains committed to maintaining his exercise routine. One would expect the guy who inspired “Move Like Jagger.”
Jagger describes his regimen as “six weeks of practice before rehearsals even started. And I’m dancing and working out every day of the week. I don’t really like it, but it has to be done.”
For Richards, he Dropped 55 years of smoking habit Two years ago, his current concert preparations were more sedate than his slutty reputation would suggest.
“I may or may not drink hard alcohol, but usually I don’t,” he said. “You know, you grew out of everything. I’ve been giving up things all my life, so that’s what it is now.”
Meanwhile, Wood has been mindful of his health after battling lung and small cell cancers over the past five years.
“After all my battles with the big C’s in recent years, I try to keep moving and keep my joints warm – stretching and all that,” shared the green juice fan.
this Drummer Charlie Watts dies Complications from heart surgery remained a top concern for surviving members of the group last August.
“If I turn around during the show, I really don’t want him to be there again,” Jagger said. “But I do miss him. Not only in rehearsal or on stage, but in other ways as well. I’ll call him and talk about last night’s game with Arsenal because he supports Tottenham and I’m Arsenal Na. I miss him as a player and as a friend. On the show, when we went to the front and bowed at the end, there was no Charlie. He was always the last to fall. I would go: ‘Come on, what are you going to do? ? He would fiddle with his sticks because he always had to line them up to get out of his seat.”
While rockers are doing their best to stay young and alive, they agree that old age does have one benefit: emotional maturity. Although their in-band squabbles are the stuff of legend, Jagger credits “becoming more mature” to staying calm, not chaos.
“It was true, and it took a long time,” the singer said. “We’re in a very immature industry. I have no illusions about it. But that doesn’t mean you have to be immature.”
Wood, who wasn’t announced as a full member of the Rolling Stones until 1976, added: “We’ve matured with each other. The attitude within the band is no longer a one-off. It used to be ‘Oh, climb back under your rock.'” I had that “shut up, you’re new boy” feeling for years, but now every tour has changed attitudes. Mick has been through a lot of different emotions and images in his life and he’s back to this” Really warm people. So does Keith. “