Jagger Celebrates New Album In L.A.
Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger celebrated the Tuesday (Nov. 20) release of his new Virgin solo album, "Goddess in the Doorway," with an invitation-only concert last night at the El Rey Theatre inRolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger celebrated the Tuesday (Nov. 20) release of his new Virgin solo album, "Goddess in the Doorway," with an invitation-only concert last night at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles. Backed by a six-piece band, the 58-year-old vocalist ran through new single "God Gave Me Everything," album tracks "Visions of Paradise," "Everybody Getting High," and "Lucky Day," and the Stones chestnuts "Miss You" and "Respectable."
According to Jagger's reps, the crowd was littered with such celebrities as Jack Nicholson and Sean Penn, as well as many musicians, including Jimmy Page, Ben Harper, the Black Crowes' Chris Robinson, Billy Corgan, Shakira, and members Pearl Jam, Limp Bizkit, matchbox twenty, and Backstreet Boys.
"Goddess in the Doorway" aims to buck the popular belief among many Stones fans that Jagger and guitarist Keith Richards need each other to produce their best work. Yet the singer tells Billboard for the Nov. 24 issue that, in many ways, it is far easier to work solo.
"The good thing about being in a band is there's a committee," Jagger explains. "But that's the bad thing about it as well. You try to please everyone. In the end, the danger is you end up pleasing nobody. I'm not saying that's true of all the records the Stones have made. But it is a danger. With this record, I could go any way I wanted."
Jagger says he is interested in playing additional solo dates ("If I do it, I'd like to play theaters -- that fits the mood of the record and it would be fun"), but nothing has yet been scheduled. As previously reported, the Stones are likely to return to the road next year to celebrate their 40th anniversary.
"We're trying to cook something up," Jagger says cryptically. "I don't want to talk about it too much yet, but the 40th anniversary is a good party to give." He adds that it is unlikely there will be "a complete new album," but hints that some kind of anniversary release is under consideration.
An hour-long ABC special on Jagger, "Being Mick," will air Nov. 22. The show features behind-the-scenes footage of Jagger collaborating with U2's Bono, the Who's Pete Townshend, Wyclef Jean, and Lenny Kravitz on the new album.