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After White House show, Mick Jagger says ‘Every gig is a gig’

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Playing the White House? Whatevs, according to Mick Jagger.

OK, so that wasn’t his exact quote, but that was the gist. In an interview with the Washington Post a couple days after honoring the American blues at the Obama abode, the king of the stage strut replied, when asked if he was nervous beforehand, ‘I don’t want to sound blasé ... but every gig is a gig, right?’

This is probably a reasonable reply, if huffing and puffing in the East Room is just simply the 1,975,499th performance of your career. But might this be a sign that the Rolling Stones should forgo their next tour in favor of, well, doing something that actually makes one of them feel something again? Even if that just means, you know, holding a newborn baby or something? Just a thought.

Jagger, absent Keith Richards or any of his other band mates, performed alongside B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Jeff Beck and others on Tuesday. In an inspired move, he passed the microphone to President Obama so that he could croon a few lines of “Sweet Home Chicago.” Obama’s been showing off his ample tenor lately, as you know. There aren’t many A&R agents left in this rough-and-tumble music world, but somebody should discover this guy.

By the way, we’re only teasing Jagger about his Kanye shrug toward playing for the president. Later in the interview, he says, like a good British lad, ‘I’m very honored to have played the White House.’

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But he didn’t have such nice words for ‘Moves Like Jagger,’ the ubiquitous Maroon 5 hit that pays homage to his slither. ‘It’s a very long-lived song, isn’t it?’ Jagger said. ‘That and Adele. Still playing. I get into the car, and there it is, still. And then I go to the club and there it is...’

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