The Rolling Stones singer recites some of W.H. Auden's "For Friends Only."
Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger narrates an emotional tribute to Royal Albert Hall to celebrate the beloved London venue's 150th birthday. The short film finds the rock icon reading a portion of English poet W.H. Auden's 1964 ode to friendships past and present at a time when the building that has hosted everyone from Bob Dylan to Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Foo Fighters and Iggy Pop over the years sits in silence a year into the COVID-19 pandemic.
"Distance and duties divide us But absence will not seem an evil/ If it make our re-meeting/ A real occasion. Come when you can:/ Your room will be ready," Jagger says over footage of performances by the above, as well as Jethro Tull, Adele, George Michael, Diana Ross, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Queen's Freddie Mercury, Eric Clapton and The Who.