Why Grace Slick Feels Embarrased Watching Mick Jagger Perform
It’s been a widely regarded fact that music is timeless. As the audiences still adore and favor various songs from the previous decades, different genres continue to find life through new pioneers and acts. To compose new music, all musicians need their creativity and proper dedication. It doesn’t matter whether a musician is 25 or 75 since, at any age, artists can produce catchy tunes.
But what about when it comes to performing? Is it possible for older performers to be as effective as they used to be? From Fleetwood Mac icon Stevie Nicks to The Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger, various elderly rock stars perform as if it were the very first gig of their career. While many regard this as a unique chance to see performances from rock icons, others may feel a bit weird about the entire situation.
For former Jefferson Airplane frontwoman Grace Slick, the latter seems to be the case. Slick has been very open forward about her thoughts regarding older rockers performing and stated on numerous occasions that she despised any rock stars older than 50 to still trying to be a showperson.
Even if her statements were criticized due to ageism, many others agree with her on the topic. So, it was eventual that Grace Slick would comment on the fact that a 73-year-old Mick Jagger is still performing live. Slick has expressed that the Stones’ one iconic song has made her feel embarrassed for Jagger. Now, let’s take a look through Grace’s various comments against older rock stars and which performance of The Rolling Stones icon left the musician embarrassed.
What Did Grace Slick Previously Say About Older Rockers Performing?
Perhaps it’s safe to say that Grace Slick is not afraid to speak her mind, even if it’s a controversial line of thought. In various previous interviews, the singer had criticized fellow musicians who were still rocking the stage with eccentric stage shows despite their age. For Grace, the answer to the question, ‘Whether an older rock star should perform or not?’ was clear. Slick said they didn’t look their best and should quit once they hit 50.
The musician stated:
”All rock-and-rollers over the age of 50 look stupid and should retire.”
For Slick, this rule only applied to rock musicians and rappers. Artists who performed jazz, opera, or country music could perform live despite their age. However, rock and roll and rap music were relevant to younger musicians. The two genres were a way for young listeners to express their feelings, and since the youth was long gone in elderly rockers, it wasn’t relevant for them to sing about youthful issues.
Grace Slick expressed:
”You can do jazz, classical, blues, opera, country until you’re 150, but rap and rock and roll are ways for young people to get that anger out. It’s silly to perform a song without relevance to the present or express feelings you no longer have.”
The former Jefferson Airplane frontwoman criticized Fleetwood Mac in 2015, stating that she couldn’t stand watching the band perform live. Slick exclaimed that they sounded good, and she liked the band’s music if she looked away and imagined the band consisting of young artists. For Grace, seeing old people singing about the youthful problems they had back in the day was agony.
Slick’s remarks on Fleetwood Mac’s performances:
”I saw a film of Fleetwood Mac doing something, and I was okay as long as I didn’t look at them. I couldn’t look at them. They sounded great, and if I looked away and imagined young people singing, I was okay with it.”
Grace’s ideas regarding this particular subject could be understandable if one were to emphasize them from her point of perspective. For the musician, to sing about what was relevant to young people decades ago seems stupid. As it can be interpreted, Slick has no issue with performances, but she cannot stand acting young and poor, whereas most of the famed older rock stars are pretty rich.
Which The Rolling Stones Song Grace Slick Couldn’t Stand Mick Jagger Perform?
When it came to expressing her thoughts regarding The Rolling Stones icon Mick Jagger, Grace has previously recalled her first meeting with Jagger. She had flown to England with former bandmate Paul Kanter to discuss their joint performances with the Stones, and she wasn’t happy at first to meet Jagger.
She had previously stated that she expected to witness orgies and people using heroin all around his apartment but when she and Kanter made it to Jagger’s flat, to Grace’s surprise, things seemed as organized and as neat as her parent’s house. So, starting with Jagger on the wrong foot, she apparently had prejudices. Long years after their initial encounter, however, Slick is still slightly annoyed by Mick.
During an interview with PressDemocrat in 2010, the singer was asked about her retirement in 1989. As Grace stated she could have retired ten years before that date, she also expressed how much she despised seeing old rockers on stage. The topic then came to Mick Jagger’s live performances, and Grace frankly explained her reasonings regarding being embarrassed by Jagger.
For Grace, acts such as Fleetwood Mac and The Rolling Stones couldn’t get away with their age, no matter how hard they tried to conceal it. Whatever moves they made or how well they sang, they were still old. Not every artist dealt with this problem, however. Sting and Eric Clapton, Grace expressed, were good performers despite their age.
The musician stated:
”I feel embarrassed for people who are old. I saw Fleetwood Mac on television, and I saw Mick Jagger on TV. Some people can get away with it. Sting is one of them. Eric Clapton is another one.”
Slick then further explained that the actual problem wasn’t about how they performed but about what they decided to sing. For example, Mick Jagger would often sing their hit ‘I Can’t Get No Satisfaction’ on stage. The song was written when Jagger was in his 20s and expressed the young Mick’s problems in life. For the then-65-year-old Jagger, who was quite wealthy, the song seemed off to perform.
Grace’s comment on the matter:
”My biggest problem is what they’re singing. You’re singing, ‘I Can’t Get No Satisfaction’ – Okay, you’re 65 years old, and you’ve got about 8 billion dollars – what do you mean you can’t get no satisfaction? What are you talking about? You’re singing stuff that’s appropriate when you’re 25, but it’s not appropriate when you’re 65.”
The legendary frontwoman’s problem with elderly rock stars performing is not about the youth they may have in them, and it’s not definitely out of jealousy. What confuses Grace and makes her feel embarrassed for these rock stars is the context of their song. Most of the older rockers’ hits were written when they were young and broke. These songs reflected past problems and thus had no relevance to be performed these days.