Called the World’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band, The Rolling Stones have been playing sold out concerts, selling albums, and staying on top for 5 decades – 50 years! And, incredibly, lead singer, Mick Jagger, with the band since its start in England back in the early 1960’s, turned 70 on July 26. Yet, Jagger isn’t the oldest of the Stones – drummer Charlie Watts tops Mick by 2 years at 72 with Keith Richards trailing at 69 and youngster Ronnie Wood at 66.
The Daily Mail recently reported that Jagger keeps his still youthful physique doing ballet, yoga and Pilates. Jagger reported that he covers about 12 miles while he’s up on stage during a concert – moving and dancing like an athlete. He keeps his still 28 inch waist by training 6 days a week. Jagger reported that he runs 6 miles a day, swims, kick-boxes and cycles with his workouts designed by Torje Eike, a Norwegian personal trainer who trains Olympic athletes.
In a recent interview with Radio.com, septuagenarian Jagger explained how he gets ready for a tour: “Personally, I start preparing about two months before the tour starts. So I have to up my fitness level, I have to start singing everyday, doing practices and a bit of dancing. I practice in front of mirrors if I can, in a dance studio.”
Drummer Charlie Watts added: “The process we go through for a tour is 6 weeks of rehearsal. To have twice as many members ready to play, and to be twice as fit as you need to be for two hours.”
Earlier in 2013, the Stones went on their 50 and Counting Tour where they performed in cities across the U.S. They then went on to Europe to do a live show in Hyde Park, London.
The Rolling Stones started out as a blues band in England playing blues favorites by Muddy Waters and were also greatly influenced by early 60’s rockers Chuck Berry and Little Richard. They lost iconic band member Brian Jones to a drug overdose in the early 70s and had several replacements for him until Ron Wood finally stuck with the group. Long time bass guitarist Stones member Bill Wyman left the group in 1991.
Happy Birthday, Mick! May you stay as youthful, healthy and rockin’ into your 100’s.