Mick Jagger Said He’d Rather ‘Be Dead’ Than Sing ‘Satisfaction’ at 45. Now He’s 75 and Still Playing It

The following feature is excerpted from LIFE The Rolling Stones: Their Rock ‘n’ Roll Life, available at retailers and on Amazon.

Of the many things that Mick Jagger has said in public—aside, that is, from the lyrical improvisations and the onstage declarations he has made across more than 2,000 live performances over 56 years—among the more enduring is this bit of bravura from 1975: “I’d rather be dead than sing ‘Satisfaction’ when I’m 45,” he told People magazine. Jagger was 31, and he and the Rolling Stones had recorded the game-changing single 10 years before, in the early stages of a decade in which the band reframed the blues, the British Invasion and rock ’n’ roll itself. The hubris of Mick’s comment, the implication that there were other worlds to be conquered and, more ominously, that the Stones might leave behind the world they had forged, struck the metaphorical chord. “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” was the band’s axe-grinding soul: Keith Richards came up with the hook and the title while drifting to sleep one night and recorded it, bare bones, on a cassette player by his bed. Jagger later wrote the lyrics poolside at a Tampa hotel while the band was on tour. Add drums. Add bass. Book it at 3:45. When the song landed in America in June of ’65, it went to No. 1 and stayed there.

Jagger certainly was singing “Satisfaction” at age 45 (actually he’d just turned 46), snapping it out as a set-closer on the Stones’ bristling Steel Wheels tour in 1989. He was singing it onstage in 2015 as well, as a guest of Taylor Swift, who was born in 1989. Over the many years, Jagger’s “I’d rather be dead” pronouncement has evolved away from arrogance and toward happy irony. He and Richards both turn 75 this year, and as the Stones opened their 2018 tour, with dates in the U.K., there was “Satisfaction” on the set list—the predetermined final encore, the classic and quintessential rock ’n’ roll song.

Despite the portentous demise of guitarist Brian Jones in 1969 and the band’s historical fondness for hard drugs, despite the departure of backbone bassist Bill Wyman in the early ’90s, and despite the Keith-vs.-Mick feuds that have long dotted the landscape, time has remained improbably on the Rolling Stones’ side. They’re not only still together, they’re still more or less doing what they’ve always done. Their latest album, 2016’s Blue & Lonesome, by way of example, is made up of covers of songs written by the same folks the Stones were covering 50-some years ago—blues colossi like Willie Dixon and Howlin’ Wolf.

And of the 19 songs that anchored the 2018 tour, 17 of them were Jagger/Richards numbers composed during the 1960s and early 1970s, soul-lifters off of one monumental album after another (Beggars Banquet, Let It Bleed, Sticky Fingers . . .) Another song on the list was 1981’s “Start Me Up,” which, along with “Satisfaction” and “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” hinges upon one of the Richards riffs that have burrowed unstoppably into auditory history. Keith, in 2018, is still out there on his Fender, after the sound. Mick is still glorious: preening and plaintive. Charlie Watts still swings, driving the action, cool on his simple kit. And that’s still Ronnie Wood playing the tasty guitar. Ladies and gentlemen: the Rolling Stones.

They’ve aged of course, to be sure, and some fans grumbled about the U.K. shows. A ticket at 250 quid? Reviewers allowed that there were some imprecisions in the gigs, some softened edges. Yet by and by the crowd and the critics could not help themselves. They’d been elevated. And they were acutely aware, as the old Stones ripped through the songs that will never die—“Sugar,” “Shelter,” “Sympathy”—that even now you could see and hear straight into their beating hearts. Straight into the heart of, yes, that’s right, wait for it, the greatest rock ’n’ roll band in the world.

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An Evening with Mick Fanning Hosted by Joey Johns


Major Events proudly presents a unique opportunity to share an evening with surfing icon and three time world champion Mick Fanning, hosted by rugby league immortal Andrew “Joey” Johns.

There are very few sportsmen who dominate at every level of their chosen sport; Mick Fanning and Andrew “Joey” Johns are two of these rare commodities. From similar humble beginnings in NSW, Mick Fanning rose through the ranks to become arguably the greatest Australian surfer of all time, winning three world championships along with numerous WSL tour events around the world. “White Lightening” as he is known, famously survived a great white shark attack as he competed in the J Bay Open Final in 2015 live on television. Mick has also won the Australian Male Surfer of the year award an incredible 6 times, along with an Order of Australia Medal for his work in professional surfing and charity.

IMAGE CAPTION (Wednesday December 16, 2015): Mick Fanning of Australia (pictured) winning his Round 4 heat to advance directly to the Quarter Finals and remain in contention for a fourth WSL World Title at the Billabong Pipe Masters. .IMAGE CREDIT: WSL / Kirstin. PHOTOGRAPHER: Kirstin Scholtz.SOCIAL MEDIA TAG: @wsl @kirstinscholtz @ripcurl

Andrew “Joey” Johns captured every award imaginable over his illustrious rugby league career. Winning two NRL premierships with his beloved Newcastle Knights. Along with leading NSW to numerous State of Origin victories as well as starring for the Australian Kangaroo’s in World Cup triumphs.
Some of his awards include, 3 Dally M awards as the best player in the game that season (1998,1999,2002), twice awarded the Golden Boot award as the worlds best player (1999,2001), along with the Clive Churchill award as man of the match in the 2001 NRL Grand Final.

In 2002 Johns was named the 8th Rugby League Immortal, a truly remarkable accomplishment.

“Sharing the story of our lives and careers on stage at The Star Gold Coast is a night I am very much looking forward to! We will also be having plenty of laughs together I can assure you of that!” said Johns.

“I am very excited to join my great mate Joey Johns live on stage at The Star Gold Coast, sharing some stories about my life in and out of the water”, said Fanning.

Director of Major Events Adam Wilcox highlights this is a chance to get a raw insight as Mick Fanning and Joey Johns take the audience through their journey, reliving the greatest highs and challenging moments of their respective lives and careers.

“It’s an absolute honour to host two sporting immortals live on stage together in a world class venue at The Star Gold Coast, sharing their thoughts on what it takes to succeed at the elite level. Plus who can ever forget Mick getting attacked by a great white shark live on TV from the J Bay Final in South Africa”, said Wilcox.

Mick Fanning and Joey Johns will be live on stage in the theatre at The Star Gold Coast on Saturday May 19th, 2018. Doors open at 7pm with curtains raising at 8pm. Tickets start at $ 49.90 and are available through The Star Gold Coast box office or Ticketek, www.ticketek.com.au

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Mick Fanning Says Goodbye to the WSL and Winners of 2018 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach


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2018 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach winners, Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) and Italo Ferreira (BRA). Gilmore claimed her 4th Bell while Italo cliamed his mained Bell and Championship Tour victory.


BELLS BEACH, Victoria/AUS (Thursday, April 5, 2018) – Today, Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) and Italo Ferreira (BRA) won the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, Stop No. 2 on the World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT), after an exciting week of competitive drama, upsets and emotion. The final day of competition ran in clean, five-to-seven foot (1.4 – 2.2 metre) waves at the iconic Bells Beach for its 57th year.

In addition to Gilmore and Ferreira celebrating their wins, three-time WSL Champion Mick Fanning (AUS) celebrated the last Championship Tour event of his competitive career. The four-time Bells winner now says goodbye to elite competition after 17 years on Tour and 22 CT victories. The Australian hero’s story comes full circle as he ends his career in the Finals at the same event where he first won as a wildcard back in 2001.

“Today was really special,” Fanning said. “I always said I wanted to finish the year up here at Bells. Thanks so much to everyone. It has been incredible to see all the support in Torquay and the support of the fans.This is my 20th year of coming down to Bells Beach. I just want to thank my family for all the support you’ve shown over these years. Thank you to my friends that have flown down and making this so memorable. It’s been an amazing career, and I want to thank everyone. ”


3X World Champion Mick Fanning (AUS) heads into retirement from Championship Tour compeition after placing second in the final of the 2018 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach at Bells Beach, VIC, Australia.
3X World Champion Mick Fanning (AUS) heads into retirement from Championship Tour compeition after placing second in the final of the 2018 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach at Bells Beach, VIC, Australia.


“It was a very special moment with the crowd, best friends here, and then to just be in the Final with Italo (Ferreira) and to see how much it meant for him actually made me feel a lot better,” continued Fanning. “To all the people surfing in this event, it was so much fun. Seabass (Sebastian Zietz), Paddy Gudang (Patrick Gudauskas), Wilko (Matt Wilkinson), Owen (Wright) — every time I paddled out, I felt like I was going surfing with a mate, and that was really special. To see in that Final just how much it meant to Italo, that was one of greatest things I’ve seen at Bells, so well done Italo. I am really stoked for you.”

Ferreira played spoiler today for Fanning’s fairytale finish with the first CT win of his career. The 23-year-old was unstoppable throughout the entire event, taking down 2014 WSL Champion Gabriel Medina (BRA) in the Semifinals, Ezekiel Lau (HAW) in the Quarterfinals, and Filipe Toledo (BRA) in Round 3.

“I can’t believe it,” said Ferreira. “That was such a sick heat. I started slow, but after that it was amazing. Mick (Fanning) is one of my favorite surfers in the world. But wow, I can’t believe it. That was unbelievable. I just want to say thank you God and my family and my girlfriend and every guy that has supported me. I’m just so happy that this is my job. I just wanted to make some sick heats. Mick Fanning, he is one of my favorites, he is my hero. Mick is the best competitor, and I just want to say thanks to Mick.”

Italo Ferreira of Brazil won the Rip Curl Pro, Bells Beach, 2018.
Italo Ferreira of Brazil won the Rip Curl Pro, Bells Beach, 2018.


Ferreira’s breakthrough result now vaults him to World No. 1 where he ties with Julian Wilson (AUS) and shares the yellow Jeep Leader Jersey heading into the Margaret River Pro.

“It’s my first win, so I am so happy,” Ferreira continued. “I’ve been working hard over the last few years. I remember my first Final with Filipe (Toledo) in Portugal and it was so close, and now I got it. Last year was hard to me with my injury after the Gold Coast being out for two months. It was terrible, and I just tried to work hard and get better. This is the best feeling.”

Six-time WSL Champion Gilmore earned the right to ring the coveted Bells trophy with her victory in the Rip Curl Women’s Pro. With today’s win, Gilmore joins the likes of Kelly Slater, Mark Richards and Fanning as a four-time Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach winner, a testament to her strength and style in the water.

“It was such an emotional buildup to this moment and it is incredible,” said Gilmore. “I feel like all the focus is on Mick (Fanning), so it doesn’t really matter what happens with the rest of the event — it was like I could sneak in and get a little ding ding and no one would even care, so it took the pressure off. The most stressful moments of my heats were right when Mick was paddling out for his heat, and it eased the pressure seeing how calm and relaxed he was despite all the pressure on him.”

Gilmore’s 27th CT win did not come easy as Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) battled until the final buzzer. The hard-fought Final ended with Weston-Webb falling just 0.23 points short of the required score. In her 12 years of competing at Bells, Gilmore has dominated every appearance, with a fifth-place finish being her worst result. The Australian Champion now puts herself in a great position to hunt down her seventh World Title in the yellow Jeep Leader Jersey.

“Tatiana (Weston-Webb) has been on fire this whole event,” continued Gilmore. “All the goofy-footers have been — I can’t believe it. You never really think about the goofies, but with Tatiana, you can tell that she has found her confidence and her strength. It’s so impressive to have her step up.”

Weston-Webb, 21, was the surfer to beat at Bells. She posted the highest scores throughout the event, including a near-perfect 9.23 in Round 2. Her vertical, backhand surfing looked to be invincible, but unfortunately, she could not overtake the 30-year-old veteran. Weston-Webb’s second-place finish moves her up to 5th place on the Jeep Leaderboard, tied with Keely Andrew (AUS).

“Even though I didn’t come away with the win this just feels amazing,” Weston-Webb said. “I love coming to Bells Beach and all of the crowd support is amazing here. I’d like to thank all of the fans that come down so early in the cold. I feel really good, and my boards are amazing. Now the confidence levels are up, and the sky’s the limit. I’m extra proud to be a goofy-foot, especially because Italo (Ferreira) brought one home for us, so thanks Italo. Goofy-footers have definitely had a rough time here at Bells, but I almost got it. Maybe next year.”

2014 WSL Champion Gabriel Medina (BRA) was eliminated by compatriot Ferreira in the second men’s Semifinal. The two Brazilian superstars unleashed radical maneuvers, but Medina could not overcome Ferreira’s heat score of a 16.00. The third place result is Medina’s best finish at the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach. He now moves up six places to 7th on the Jeep Rankings.

Patrick Gudauskas (USA) fell to event favorite Fanning in Semifinal 1. The Californian was unable to combat Fanning’s two excellent 8-point rides and exits in Equal 3rd in his first year back on the CT since 2013. This is the 32-year-old’s best result at Bells. Previously, Gudauskas eliminated Michel Bourez (PYF) in the first Quarterfinal.

In only the second event of her rookie year, 16-year-old Caroline Marks (USA) is making a name for herself with stunning results on the elite tour. Marks exits with an incredible 3rd place result after losing to eventual winner Gilmore in the Semifinals. Marks is the youngest surfer to ever qualify for the elite CT and now rockets up to 3rd on the Jeep Leaderboard. Not only is the young competitor ousting World Title contenders in her rookie debut, but she is also making a run for her own World Title in her freshman year on Tour.

En route to her runner-up finish, Weston-Webb dispatched 2009 event winner Silvana Lima (BRA) in the first Semifinal. Despite Lima’s loss today, she was a standout throughout the event with major wins over three-time WSL Champion Carissa Moore (HAW) and two-time WSL Champion Tyler Wright (AUS), and will be rewarded with an eight-spot jump up the rankings to 5th.

The world’s best surfers will now prepare for the Stop No. 3 the 2018 WSL CT and the final event of the Australian leg, the Margaret River Pro, which holds a competitive window from April 11 – 22, 2018.

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Final Results:
1 –
Italo Ferreira (BRA) 15.66
2 – Mick Fanning (AUS) 12.83

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Semifinal Results:
SF 1:
Mick Fanning (AUS) 16.50 def. Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 9.67
SF 2: Italo Ferreira (BRA) 16.00 def. Gabriel Medina (BRA) 14.10

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Quarterfinal Results:
QF 1:
Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 11.67 def. Michel Bourez (PYF) 11.44
QF 2: Mick Fanning (AUS) 13.77 def. Owen Wright (AUS) 9.33
QF 3: Italo Ferreira (BRA) 17.86 def. Ezekiel Lau (HAW) 11.50
QF 4: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 15.73  def.  Frederico Morais (PRT) 15.00

Rip Curl Women’s Pro Bells Beach Final Results:
1 –
Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 14.17
2 – Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 13.94

Rip Curl Women’s Pro Bells Beach Semifinal Results:
SF 1:
 Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 13.00  def. Silvana Lima (BRA) 5.10
SF 2: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 17.00 def. Caroline Marks (USA) 15.44

2018 WSL Men’s CT Jeep Leaderboard (After Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach):
1 – 
Julian Wilson (AUS) 11,665 pts
1 – Italo Ferreira (BRA) 11,665 pts
3 – Mick Fanning (AUS) 11,500 pts
4 – Owen Wright (AUS) 9,490 pts
4 – Michel Bourez (PYF) 9,940 pts

2018 WSL Women’s CT Jeep Leaderboard (After Rip Curl Women’s Pro Bells Beach):
1 – 
Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 14,745 pts
2 – Lakey Peterson (USA) 13,085 pts
3 – Caroline Marks (USA) 10,830 pts
4 – Carissa Moore (HAW) 9,490 pts
5 – Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 9,190 pts
5 – Keely Andrew (AUS) 9,190 pts

For more information, check out WorldSurfLeague.com.

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3x World Champion Mick Fanning Announces His Retirement From WSL World Tour


Thursday, March 1, 2018 (Sydney, NSW, Australia) – Late last night, 3x WSL Champion Mick Fanning announced his retirement from the WSL Championship Tour. He will surf the first two events of the 2018 CT season, the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast and the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, and will retire from competitive surfing on the CT after his final heat in the famous Bells Bowl.
“I feel like I’ve just lost the drive to compete day-in day-out now,” says Mick. “It’s been something I’ve been doing for 17 years, and even before that through QS and Juniors, and I feel that I just can’t give it 100 percent anymore. I’m just not enjoying it as much as I was in the past. I still love surfing, and I’m still super excited by it, but I feel that there’s other paths for me to take at this stage in my life.

“As for choosing to retire at Bells, I’ve always had in mind that my last event on Tour was going to be Bells. That’s basically where I started my career, it was my first ever CT win, and I feel really connected down there.”

Mick first joined the WSL Championship Tour in 2002, after winning his first CT event as a wildcard entry at the 2001 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach. The win confirmed Fanning as a major threat to the upper echelons of surfing and put his name on the map as a man who was going to make history.

In 2002, his first year on Tour, he won at Jeffreys Bay – a wave that went on to become one of his pet events – as well as one of the most pivotal moments in his career, and life, when he was attacked by a shark during the Final heat of the event in 2015.

In 2004, after two years of being on the Championship Tour, Mick sustained a career-threatening injury while surfing in the Mentawais, tearing his hamstring off the bone and putting him out of the water for months. But rather than give up, Mick took this injury and used it as motivation to come back even stronger. He was back competing amongst the elite by 2005, winning his maiden WSL Title in 2007.

“After so many years on tour, it’s been so fun,” says Mick. “It’s been a rollercoaster for sure, you have your peaks and valleys, but you know, when I look back on my time on tour it’s amazing memories – from building myself up to compete, to heat wins and event wins, celebrating with friends and just seeing places I never thought I’d even get to.”

Three-time WSL Champion Mick Fanning will retire from competitive surfing on the WSL Championship Tour after his final heat at the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach.
Three-time WSL Champion Mick Fanning will retire from competitive surfing on the WSL Championship Tour after his final heat at the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach.

Over the course of his career, Mick has been through more than most could imagine. He’s seen both personal triumph and personal tragedy under the scrutiny of the public eye, worked through injuries that would have ended careers, and punched a shark on live television, coming out completely physically unscathed.

Throughout 16 years at the elite level, Fanning has won 22 Championship Tour events and three WSL Titles, cementing him as one of the greatest surfers and sportsmen in history.

While Mick is retiring from full-time competitive surfing, he will continue to work with the WSL in an Ambassadorial role where he will support the WSL’s ocean health platform PURE, surfing development and various other projects.

Congratulations Mick, we couldn’t be more proud of you and everything that you’ve achieved – and we can’t wait to see what’s next.


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Rolling Stones legend Mick Jagger, 74, spends several nights in Paris and ‘hooks up’ with sexy film producer Noor Alfallah, 22

MICK Jagger spent several nights with a sexy film producer 52 years his junior when the Rolling Stones played in Paris.

The rocker, 74, and Noor Alfallah, 22, first hooked up at a private flat in the suburbs two Sundays ago.

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Mick Jagger is pictured in Paris with sexy film producer Noor Alfallah, who is 52 years his junior
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Noor Alfallah
Noor Alfallah is a film producer from the United States

The next day a chauffeur drove her back to her hotel. They repeated the routine on Tuesday and Wednesday.

US-born socialite Noor, 22, watched the Stones perform at the city’s U Arena the next night and they enjoyed three more dates last week.

A source said: “Mick still has his ­legendary charm but even the band were surprised someone as young and beautiful as Noor came to Paris to see him.

“They are both single and seemed to have a lot of fun together, so everyone just let them get on with it.


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Noor Alfallah, 22, watched The Rolling Stones perform in Paris and has been on dates with Mick Jagger
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Mick Jagger ‘still has his legendary charm’ and spends time in Paris with sexy producer
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Noor Alfallah, who has hooked up with Mick Jagger, is pictured by a car in Paris as she heads back to flat
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Noor Alfallah walks through Paris in stylish black boots and ‘wows Mick Jagger’ on date
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Noor Alfallah, whose dad is Kuwaiti, is pictured on holiday in a bikini

“Mick is showing absolutely no sign of slowing down. He certainly had a smile on his face and famous twinkle in his eye.

“Noor is very confident and well educated so she fitted in well at all the upmarket places they went together.”

Great-grandad Mick was seen arriving at her hotel the day after she watched him perform.

A week ago they had dinner with his backing crew at the Caviar ­Kaspia.


Noor has photos on social media posing with Charlie Sheen
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Noor Alfallah, pictured soaking up the sun, ‘fitted in well’ with Mick Jagger in Paris

The following night they dined alone at La Stresa.

Noor, whose dad is Kuwaiti, was ­pictured in leather jacket, skirt and thigh-length boots as she left behind Mick, who was flanked by guards.

The Stones finished their 14-date No ­Filter tour in Paris on Wednesday.

Jagger is believed to have met film graduate Noor through a mutual pal, producer Brett Ratner.

The private Paris flat is where Mick often stayed with his ex L’Wren Scott, who killed herself in 2014.


Mick is dad to eight children with five women.

His youngest is ten-month son Deveraux by ballerina ex Melanie Hamrick, 31.

Last night Noor declined to comment.

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