Rolling Stones frontman and all-round rock legend Mick Jagger performed to a crowd of 60,000 people at Soldier Field in Chicago on Friday night, in the first date of the North American leg of the band's No Filter world tour. It was a triumphant return to the stage for Jagger: his first performance since undergoing heart surgery just two months ago.
Jagger told theDaily Derrenger podcast that he was "feeling pretty good" ahead of the tour last week, and that he'd been spending a lot of time in rehearsals, but that he and his bandmates are slowing down a little compared to their schedule back in the day.
"I don’t [tour] all the time, 12 months a year. When you’re young, that’s what you do," he said, adding that he now spends "three or four months on the road in the year, and that seems to be quite a good balance." The 75 year old singer also said that he has been spending more time in the gym to get in shape for the tour.
The Rolling Stones cancelled 14 of their original tour dates to allow Jagger time to recover after his valve replacement surgery in April, and they're pretty astounded by how quickly he has bounced back.
"He went through it very easily," Keith Richards told the Toronto Sun. "He’s in great shape – rocking. As I say, it seemed to be no problem at all, really. It was just like, ‘Oh, Mick will be better.’ We’ll just wait around because there was no doubt that we’d soon pick it up. It just had to be done. So we did it."
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