Mick Jagger gave his first interview since undergoing his successful heart valve procedure in April. Rolling Stone reported that Jagger called in to Toronto radio station Q107, and gave a brief health update, saying, “I'm feeling pretty good. Been rehearsing a lot lately in the last few weeks. This morning (I did) a bit of gym. Nothing crazy. Then I go into rehearsal with the rest of the band.”
He shed light on the shape of the new Rolling Stones show, explaining, “We’re trying to pick some ones we haven’t done in recent years, stuff we haven’t done before. Most of the time people don’t want too much unusual. People like a little bit unusual. They don’t want 100 percent unusual.” Jagger name-checked the 1976 Black And Blue standout “Memory Motel” as one that had been rehearsed by the band.
Jagger spoke about the tunes the Stones have to do night after night: “The favorite ones people like to hear are, y'know, 'Paint, It Black,' 'Honky Tonk (Women),' and 'Satisfaction' and things like that. We don’t always necessarily do all of them. We sometimes drop one or two, but there’s maybe ten favorites. I don’t know how people would feel if you didn’t do any of them. I think people would say, ‘Oh, that’s a bit unfortunate, I came to hear this.' We usually have a (fan) vote song. We usually throw a couple different things in. There might be a few.”
In regards to the road, Jagger explained how he views touring at this point in his life: “I don’t do it all the time, (like) 12-months-a-year. When you’re young, that’s what you do. (Today I) spend three or four months on the road in a year and that seems to be quite a good balance.”
Mick Jagger told us that in terms of the band's nightly setlist — just because a song might've cooked during rehearsals, it hardly means that it'll be a hit when introduced onstage: “The thing about when you do running orders, is that it's completely hypothetical. You don't know if this song is going to work — and you soon do. And you go out and you do it. And if it doesn't work. . . you don't know about songs.”