Stephen Stills Thinks Mick Jagger Is ‘Possessed’
CSNY legend Stephen Stills reflected his thoughts and feelings about The Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger during his recent interview with Louder Sound. The musician also talked about Jagger’s stage performances by describing him as ‘possessed’ along with recalling a memory with him.
The Rolling Stones started their 1970 European Tour on August 30, in Malmo, and gave their last show on October 9, in Amsterdam, promoting their 8th British and 10th American studio album entitled ‘Let It Bleed,’ released on November 28, 1969. The tour drew significant attention from music journalists and the band’s fans. In addition, Ian Stewart, Bobby Keys, Jim Price, and Stephen Stills joined them for some concerts.
Stephen Stills shared the stage with The Rolling Stones members in their Amsterdam concert, the band’s last performance for their European Tour. Stills’ piano performance, especially in the band’s iconic song ‘Street Fighting Man’ from ‘Beggars Banquet,’ was appreciated by the audience. In his interview, Stills remembered this collaboration saying that he can’t still forget those moments and wanted to listen to it one more time.
The CSNY icon added that Jagger’s extraordinary stage performance was shocking and inspiring since Stephen is younger than Jagger but not as energetic. Thus, Mick Jagger’s performance was ‘devastatingly annoying.’ Also, Stephen Stills reminded the listeners of the joke about blues attracting thousands of listeners with three notes and jazz musicians playing a thousand notes for three fans and found this applicable to their situation.
Stills said in his interview that:
“He’s possessed. It’s like watching someone who’s two years older than me doing 40-yard sprints. It’s devastatingly annoying. I saw him at Ahmet’s thing and he was quite charming. Always has been. I played with them once.
I wish they still had that tape because it was absolutely amazing, the noise that we made between us. We were just batting around. You know the old joke: blues musicians play three notes for 10,000 people, and jazz musicians play 1,000 notes for three people.”
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