And Finally

Mick Jagger wants Keith Richards to go away and Joss Stone to shut up

By | Published on Tuesday 13 September 2011

Mick Jagger

Mick Jagger seems to be preparing for the Rolling Stones’ 50th anniversary celebrations by making a list of people he finds annoying. So far it features bandmate Keith Richards and Joss Stone, who appears on the debut album from his new super group, SuperHeavy. This is more of a problem for Richards, as it seems Jagger has gone as far as banning him from attending the Stones’ birthday party.

Jagger was speaking to Live Magazine about the upcoming anniversary, and suggested that rather than a big expensive anniversary tour, perhaps getting his band together and having a blue plaque installed at the site of the band’s first ever gig, at the Marquee Club in London, might be a nice touch. Of course The Marquee no longer exists, having tried out various different locations before its most recent demise. And the original line-up of Jagger’s band couldn’t be there in its entirety for various reasons up to and including death. But some band members could still rock up to the place where the Marquee used to be. Except Jagger is still angry with Richards about things he said about him in his autobiography.

Jagger said: “Maybe we could go back to the Marquee to accept a plaque for 50 years of service instead of a tour. That could work – except Keith obviously can’t come. Charlie Watts [who joined the band a few months after their first show] can come but he wouldn’t get the plaque, obviously”.

I’m not sure if Joss Stone would be allowed to come and watch them getting the plaque. Presumably if she promised to be quiet she would. Because Jagger also revealed that he needed a break from hearing her voice occasionally when they worked together on some songs for SuperHeavy, which also features Dave Stewart, Damian Marley and AR Rahman amongst the line-up.

He said: “She talks all the time and she is always up and laughing spontaneously. She is not like some broody, moody kind of girl who sits in the corner and you don’t know what she’s thinking. She’s telling you what she is thinking all the time, which is quite good really. And she sings all the time. She sings all her thoughts. I say: ‘Joss, can I get five minutes off the singing? Joss, shut up. Joss!'”