Yes, I know the question sounds insane. But you know what question sounds even more insane if you asked it back in 1963? Will the Rolling Stones still be releasing brand new studio albums 60 years later? Yeah, you would have been told to smoke another one of those Panama Red funny-looking cigarettes. But here we are in 2023, and the Rolling Stones have released probably their strongest album since Some Girls. Mick Jagger sounds like he’s 20-something years old on the album. I’m not just trying to be nice; he sounds great. The man is in his eighties; he’s getting ready for another tour along with Keith Richards, who none of us believe is actually human and the always reliable Ronnie Wood.
I’ve never seen the Rolling Stones. I have never been able to afford to see the Rolling Stones. Every time the Rolling Stones go back on tour, people say it’s probably the last time and spend a fortune on tickets. Will this be the last time once again? I really don’t think so. I think these guys are going to keep going. There seems to be an excellent possibility that Mick Jagger will be strutting across that stage less than ten years from now at 90 years old still shaking his butt, waving his finger, and selling T-shirts to all the great-grandchildren of the original Rolling Stones fans. And I probably still won’t be able to afford a ticket.
Mick Jagger is not the only rock star that may go on forever. Mr Sammy Hagar, the red rocker, refuses to become the grey rocker. Did you see Sammy Hagar perform on the Howard Stern show this month? Sammy Hagar was born two years after the end of World War II. Think of that: World War II! He represents the start of the Baby Boomer Generation that began in 1946. He is seventy six years old and still hits all those high notes with a resonance that he had in his twenties. Not only does he still sing better than ninety nine percent of all the other rock singers out there, he looks and acts like he is still in his thirties. Even craizer, is the man made millions of dollars off his love of partying and tequila. The man still walks and talks like all my trying to be cool friends did in high school in the 1970s.
Before we go any further, I can hear the voices of many arguing that many jazz musicians, blues musicians, and vocalists have continued performing into their 90s. Yes, there have been and continue to be great players that old. However, there haven’t been any rock stars like Sammy Hagar or Mick Jagger hitting it at full speed in their 90s on a stage in a stadium like I believe these guys will still be doing.
Now, many people will say its the money that makes rock stars like Sammy Hagar and Mick Jagger stay young. Money buys excellent health care and personal services that can help people physically and mentally. However, many wealthy people in the world have access to the same quality of health care and personal services that look twice their age and die young. Of course, genes always play a role in one’s quality of life. Yet there is more to it with Mick and Sammy than that. It’s pretty obvious. They are rock stars who love what they do. They are not the pouting, depressed, let’s save the world from ourselves type.
Sammy and Mick, from at least what we can see publicly, are the types to say, “yeah, let’s take a trip to Paris, the Greek Islands, Rome, Venice, order some excellent food like a pasta carbonara, or some filet mignons, some Dom Perignon, or of course some Cabo Wabo, put our legs up next to a beautiful woman and smile smile, smile. Who wouldn’t want to live until 100 with that type of lifestyle?
You may ask, why not retire and live life like that without working? I can’t be sure, but Mick, Sammy, and Keith seem to enjoy hanging out with everyone. They obviously love the stage, where they shine so brightly. However, they are always incredibly personal in interviews. They always seem to be having a lot of fun. You can’t fake that. The guys are living life the way they want, and if they want to keep singing and performing, they will do it as long as they want and maybe become the first rock star centurions. If you think I’m crazy, get back to me in about twenty years or so. I hope I’m still around to say I told you so.
Photo Credits: Mick Jagger by Ben Houdijk / Shutterstock.com
Sammy Hagar by TDC Photography / Shutterstock.com
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