Joe Satriani Recalls Mick Jagger’s Attitude When Playing Gigs At Small Clubs

Joe Satriani recently spoke to Ultimate Classic Rock and recalled performing with the Rolling Stones icon Mick Jagger. According to Satriani, Jagger had a high-energy performance even when playing in small venues.

Besides his continuing career with the Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger also decided to pursue a solo career during the 1980s. He released his debut solo studio album, ‘She’s the Boss,’ in 1985 and the second album named ‘Primitive Cool,’ in 1987. Then, Jagger kicked off his first solo tour to support the second album.

Jagger had a notable name backing him during his 1988 tour, the legendary guitarist Joe Satriani. It was a great opportunity for Satriani to perform with Jagger as he had just started establishing his reputation. During the conversation, Satriani recalled those special days and revealed some of his memories with Mick Jagger.

Joe Satriani revealed that Jagger really loved playing gigs at dive bars. He said that they would choose a place every month and make a deal to play there for less than an hour. They would suddenly appear on the stage, and according to Satriani, Jagger would give the same performance as his big shows. Mick Jagger is a world-famous singer, but it looks like he didn’t care about his audience’s size, which proves his sincerity.

Joe Satriani’s words on Mick Jagger:

“He loved doing that. It seemed like once a month we would find a bar somewhere and we would make a deal with the local band that we would just walk in and take over their gear. And if we needed to bring an extra guitar, we would. But pretty much we plugged into whatever they had. It was always great just to see Mick turn it on when he’s literally 12 inches away from the audience and they can touch him and everything.

And he loved playing blues songs and rock and roll favorites and stuff. We all got a kick out of it. The whole thing was crazy because we’d pull up in these SUVs all clandestine like, you know, because of Mick. He’s such a famous person he had to be handled very carefully. But he loved it; he just loved being with people, he loved performing, and to just stand next to him while he exuded this positive rock and roll energy was just, oh man, it was worth every second. It was just amazing.

I stood next to him on the stage at the Tokyo Dome in front of 95,000 people and in front of this little club where people, where there couldn’t have been more than 80 or 100 people, totally packed into this teeny thing. The stage was about six inches high. He loved it, though. Doing ‘Little Red Rooster’ in a little club like that, everyone’s drinking and having a great time. It was fun. We’d go in there, play for 45 minutes and run out. And then go have a party back at the hotel.”

It is clear that Joe Satriani has great respect for Mick Jagger and was impressed by his attitude and dedication towards his audience. It has been years, but it looks like Jagger still hasn’t given up on stopping by small clubs as he shared several photos during the band’s tours, which attracted great media attention.