Mick Jagger performs ‘Commit A Crime’ at the The East Room, the White House, Washington, D.C., USA, Feb. 21 2012
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Mick Jagger delivered some bluesy rock to the White House today at a celebration of music that brought out legends like BB King and Buddy Guy.
In a black suit and scarlet shirt, the Rolling Stones frontman, 68, rocked the east room of the US presidential mansion at the “Red, White and Blues” event, singing I Can’t Turn You Loose.
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama smiled and were able to get their groove on without even leaving home.
“[As president] some nights when you want to go out and just take a walk, clear your head, or jump into a car just to take a drive, you can’t do it. Secret Service won’t let you. And that’s frustrating,” Mr Obama said.
“But then there are other nights where BB King and Mick Jagger come over to your house to play for a concert. So I guess things even out a little bit,” he joked.
Jagger also performed Commit A Crime with fellow British rocker Jeff Beck.
Mr Obama added that the blues remained a popular and powerful genre.
“This music speaks to something universal. No one goes through life without both joy and pain, triumph and sorrow – the blues gets all of that, sometimes with just a lyric or just one note,” he said.
“As we celebrate black history month, the blues reminds us that we’ve been through tougher times before.”
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