Mick Jagger on ‘SNL’: We Liked It, Liked It, Yes We Did
Mick Jagger's hosting/performing stint on Saturday Night Live in no way guaranteed to be a slam dunk. Jagger hadn't done comedy on the show since the Rolling Stones hosted the show as a band in 1978, so it was hard to guess how his comedic chops had held up. And without the Stones, he hasn't always been a galvanizing musical solo act.
Also, unlike virtually every other celebrity who hosts the show, Jagger didn't have a thing to plug. So how in the world would he ever find his motivation?
But by the show's tear-streaked farewell-to-Kristen finale, fans had not only achieved elusive satisfaction but were left with two burning questions:
How do we start a campaign for Mick Jagger as permanent SNL host? And…
How do we convince Jagger to celebrate the Stones' 50th anniversary by going on tour… as a solo act?
Mind you, we'd only want to see Mick on TV every week — and out on the road sans Keith and Ronnie — if he could somehow continually pull off the hat trick he did in the midnight hour Sunday morning, which was to pull out all-star backing bands so thrilling that they make the Stones' signature sound seem stodgy by comparison.
Perhaps inspired to top Jack White's latest conceit, which had him appearing on SNL (and subsequently touring) with two very different backing bands, Jagger had three different bands for three different musical appearances. Arcade Fire lit a flame under his butt for "The Last Time," while the Foo Fighters inspired his fighting spirit in a medley of "19th Nervous Breakdown" and "It's Only Rock 'n' Roll."
Just when you were thinking that was surely it, he reappeared with a third band, led by legendary axeman Jeff Beck, singing a brand new song he said he'd just written in honor of the 2012 election — a blues that reminded viewers that while Mitt Romney is a "hard-working man, and he always says his prayers… don't ever let him cut your hair."
Jagger hasn't changed his own shaggy hair style since his last hosting stint in '78, even though dimples have evolved into canyons in the meantime. So it was a gas-gas-gas to see him in a variety of wigs over the course of the 90 minutes, allowing us visual glimpses of an alternate reality where not only his musical but art-school aspirations had failed and his financial acumen had perhaps led Jagger to become a swinging banker.