Saturday, June 15, 2024

Mick Jagger Goes Out on a Limb for Girlfriend


Last night, Mick Jagger went out on a limb, so to speak, for girlfriend L’Wren Scott.

Jagger made a rare appearance at a rooftop benefit (atop the Scholastic Books building) in Soho to help raise money for Haitians who’ve lost limbs in the January earthquake. Scott is old friends with crusading doctor, David Colbert, who’s a dermatologist to the stars. His group is called NYDG Foundation: Rx Haiti.

And the stars who did show up included Rachel Weisz and Naomi Watts. It was hoped that Jude Law and Sienna Miller might materialize, but excuses were made: Jude was on a plane back to England.

And what of Mick, besides graciously digging in for Haiti? He’s on his way to Cannes for the re-release of “Exile on Main Street” and the showing of a new short documentary that stitches together pieces of unseen footage from Rolling Stones tapes including the legendary “Cocksucker Blues.”

Six held-back songs were added to the new “Exile.” Mick told me his favorites are “Plundered My Love” — a “Tumbling Dice” companion– and the bluesy, gospelish “I’m Not Signifying.” The other new old tracks include “Pass the Wine (Sophia Loren),” “Dancing in the Light,” “So Divine (Aladdin Story),” and the sublime “Following the River.”

The discovery of six unreleased tracks is really important. Mick Taylor was a key part of the main group, having replaced Brian Jones. Playing on these sessions were all-stars Billy Preston, Nicky Hopkins, Ian Stewart, and Jimmy Miller. Clydie King, Shirley Goodman, and Venetta Fields sing backup.

Mick told me, “The songs just were never finished.” The released Exile had 18 tracks spread over 2 LPs. “It took me a long time to finish them,” he said with a wide grin.

It was well worth it. Word is that the party for “Exile” will be on Paul Allen’s yacht. Allen, bravely recovering from cancer treatment, is expected. Maybe Mick will play with Allen’s band. Someone might get some satisfaction after all.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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