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Mick on the terrorist attacks (2001): “I was in a state of shock because my daughter Elizabeth lives about 15 blocks away in New York City. We couldn’t get through. In the evening, we managed to get through via South Africa, which was really weird. What I feel from a lot of my American friends, although they’re not really able to put it into words, is a sense of violation. It’s a horrible thing to have that feeling broken – that America was this place where they all felt safe… I lived in New York City for a long time so I have a huge sympathy with the town. I identified with it perhaps more than any other city in the United States so I know it very well. Yeah, you feel a great closeness especially when there’s trouble, you do.”
The Rolling Stones have not only been iconic for their music but have also lent their voices to significant world events throughout their career. In the wake of the devastating terrorist attacks of 2001, Mick Jagger, the frontman of the band, shared his thoughts and emotions in a powerful statement. Jagger’s response to the atrocities was one of shock and disbelief. He was in a state of utter disbelief as he processed the magnitude of the events that unfolded before his eyes. With the attacks leaving countless innocent lives lost and the world forever changed, Jagger’s words encapsulate the collective sentiment of a shocked and grieving nation. Though the Rolling Stones are renowned for their energetic performances and rebellious spirit, Jagger’s reaction to the terrorist attacks reveals his genuine vulnerability and human connection to the tragic events. Despite being on a global stage, Jagger’s profound sense of sorrow and empathy for the victims and their families shines through his statement. In times of tragedy, the power of music and the influence of such iconic figures as Mick Jagger remind us of the profound impact that art can have on our lives. It is in these moments that artists like Jagger use their platform not only to entertain but also to bring people together, foster healing, and offer solace.