The Rolling Stones Riff in Spanish, Explore Their Colombian Side at Bogota Show
Penn's article was published by Rolling Stone magazine in January a day after Guzman, the head of the Sinaloa drug cartel, was recaptured by Mexican authorities following his second brazen prison escape months earlier.
Speaking in a heavily accented but charming Spanish, Jagger said the Stones were "having a great time in Mexico" and expressed fondness for the city's iconic Zocalo, or main square, for "lucha libre" wrestling and for the ancient pyramid ruins of Teotihuacan outside the capital.
"It has been 10 years since we last came to Mexico," Jagger said. "It's cool to be back."
He also joked that the band enjoyed drinking tequila but now they prefer mezcal, another agave-based spirit which is known for its smoky flavor.
Performing beneath three huge video screens at the Foro Sol arena, the band kicked off the show with the classic "Start Me Up."
"Hola Mexico! Hola guey!" Jagger exclaimed, employing a uniquely Mexican slang word that roughly translates as "dude," before launching into "Tumbling Dice."
Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts powered through other hits including "It's Only Rock 'n Roll (But I Like It)," ''Out of Control," ''Wild Horses" and "Paint It Black," before sending the crowd home with a rousing rendition of "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction."
The Rolling Stones are wildly popular in Mexico, and many local fans refer to the band as "Their Satanic Majesties" in a nod to the title of their 1967 album.
Staging The Rolling Stones' Historic Havana Concert: 'We Have To Bring In Literally Everything'
The Stones will play a second show Thursday in Mexico, the penultimate stop on their "Ole" tour of Latin America.
Then they're off to Havana for a historic free concert on March 25, three days after U.S. President Barack Obama wraps up his own landmark visit to communist-run Cuba.
Like on other stops on the tour, it fell to a star-struck local band to warm up the crowd in Mexico City. "It took us a whole day before we told our parents that we would open for the Stones' concerts in Mexico.
Even we didn't believe it!" said Santiago Casillas, singer and guitarist for the group Little Jesus. "My mom almost cried," Casillas added, "and my dad was paralyzed by the news."