Mick Jagger shed light on his classic Instagram posts featuring him out and about in the U.S. during the Rolling Stones‘ recent “No Filter” tour. The legendary frontman posted shots of himself throughout the recent leg at the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, checking out the wildlife in Tennessee, drinking a beer at Charlotte’s Thirsty Beaver Saloon, and chilling out on the beach in Miami.
Jagger told The Washington Post, “I take one security guy or maybe two. And one of the guys — one of the musicians, maybe — and we go out and explore. We walked the strip in Nashville. I’m wearing a mask and a hat and so I (am not recognized). It’s crazy. But most of the places I go aren’t super crowded.”
He went on to explain that posting about his off-night and post-gig activities really is nothing new: “When I started, I did it in our previous tours. But now, social media has become more popular. People didn’t take quite as much notice as they do now. And when I stopped, when I did it from that bar, y’know, the Beaver bar. some people took a lot of notice and I thought, well, actually, this is kind of fun.”
Regarding the photo that went viral of him enjoying a brew at Charlotte’s Thirsty Beaver Saloon: “There’s hardly anyone there. It’s dark. It’s not like really grand. I’m not in a big, huge limo. I just walk the block and then just go down there. And I can’t go inside the room because the covid rules of the tour don’t allow me to go in a saloon. And that’s a promise we made. But I could stand (on the patio) outside the saloon. And I’m far away from the people.”
When pressed as to whether Keith Richards ever asks to join him out on the town, Jagger admitted: “I don’t think Keith really. . . I think he has a different approach to how he handles being on tour. I mean, he does occasionally go out to eat. But I think the covid thing. . . people quite rightly got worried about what would happen if they ran into a crowd of people.”
- The Rolling Stones have been in the studio at various points over the past eight years, and during the sessions, recorded the pair of 2012 tracks “Gloom And Doom” and “One More Shot,” which appeared on that year’s GRRR! compilation.
- In the midst of the sessions, the band also recorded their last studio set, the Grammy Award-winning blues collection, Blue & Lonesome, which was recorded in December 2015 during a break taping the current batch of Mick Jagger/Keith Richards originals.
- Back in April 2020, the Stones released “Living In A Ghost Town,” which peaked at Number One on the iTunes Song Chart.