What makes the performance so remarkable is that Jagger is 67 years old. Sure the definitions of old have changed – there’s no denying that 60 is the new 50 and Viagara has levelled the playing field (see what I did there) – but I remember getting jazzed to see the Steel Wheels tour in 1989 when Mick was a mere 45 years of age and the media referred to the event as the “Steel Wheelchair” tour. I wonder how many of those pundits are working at the same level today, or dare I say it, better, all these years later.
I have read where Mick doesn’t like looking back or being nostalgic about the past. Even though he was a 67 year old man singing a 47 year old song, there was nothing nostalgic about that GRAMMY performance. It wasn’t perfect and it wasn’t a slick production. It was raw energy and the purest performance of the night. Even without the bells and whistles of a Stones tour, Mick Jagger remains the greatest front-man in the history of rock ‘n’ roll and as long as he’s alive, the likes of Bono, Vedder, Daltry, Tyler, Plant and Rose will have to fight over #2.