Mick Jagger and the Art of Aging Well

Not my seats! Photo via @pjmudd.

Not my seats! Photo via @pjmudd.

Last night’s Rolling Stones show at TCF Bank Stadium was, in a word, incredible.

Though the Stones have far too many hits for a single show, they played most all the favorites — everything from “Start Me Up” to “Brown Sugar.” And despite the fact that Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, and Charlie Watts are all well into their 70s, they sounded and looked damn good, too.

This is the view $200 got you. Totally worth it.

This is the view $200 got you. Totally worth it.

In fact, if I didn’t know Mick Jagger was 71, I would’ve thought the man moving so fluidly on stage all night was in his 20s. Other than the wrinkles on his face, it doesn’t seem like he’s aged, either in appearance or voice.

It reminded me a lot of seeing Paul McCartney at Target Field last summer. In both cases, if you went in thinking 50 years of rock-rollin’ meant these legends were past their prime, you definitely left disabused of that notion and eager to tell your friends about one of the best shows you’ve seen, nostalgia aside.

The Stones show no signs of slowing down. In fact, based on what I saw and heard last night, I wouldn’t be surprised if they returned to the Twin Cities in 2025. (For what it’s worth, Rolling Stone [how fitting!] reports Jagger and company have no plans to retire and may actually even head to the studio soon to record a new album.)

Here’s to hoping the Stones come back to town when they’re in their 80s and provide us with another case study in the arts of rock n’ roll and aging well.

Although rain was in the forecast, the weather gods -- or Obama's weather machine, depending on your perspective -- smiled upon TCF Bank Stadium.

Although rain was in the forecast, the weather gods — or Obama’s weather machine, depending on your perspective — smiled upon TCF Bank Stadium.

With my pops.

With my pops.

And another one taken a few beers later.

And another one taken a few beers later.

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