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Rolling Stones on video: Mick Jagger sings I Can’t Turn You Loose
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Mick performs ‘I Can’t Turn You Loose’ at the The East Room, the White House, Washington, D.C., USA, Feb. 21 2012
From The Washington Post:
We don’t need Maroon 5’s ubiquitous pop hit “Moves Like Jagger” to remind us that the physicality of rock-and-roll still lives in Mick Jagger’s muscle tissue.
On Tuesday, the 68-year-old Rolling Stones frontman threw limb and larynx into a concert at the White House honoring the American blues, strutting, stomping, huffing and howling beneath the East Room chandeliers.
Eyebrows and heart rates were raised — but imagine if he had just stood politely behind the microphone. Would it have been a Mick Jagger performance?
“Uh, no,” said Jagger, phoning from his New York hotel room on Thursday. “I don’t think I can do that.”
Performing alongside B.B. King, Buddy Guy, fellow British invader Jeff Beck and others on Tuesday, Jagger helped trigger the show’s surprise finale by passing his microphone to President Obama so that he could croon a few lines of “Sweet Home Chicago.”
Guitarist Keith Richards wasn’t in tow, but with the Rolling Stones celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, we might see the duo on stage in the near future. “Well, we’re talking about it,” Jagger said of a possible upcoming Stones tour.
Many have credited the Rolling Stones with introducing America to its own music while others have said rock-and-roll has unfairly profited from the blues. Where do you sit with all that in 2012?
Jagger: “It’s a whole sort of can of worms, isn’t it really? . . . When we first came to the United States, the blues had been largely forgotten — not forgotten — but it was not the music of contemporary black America, right? It was, perhaps, ignored to some extent. The good part of it is we talked about it a lot. And people listened.” (Ref. mick jagger I can’t turn you loose)