Saturday night May 13th in Cannes:At Charles Finch‘s annual swellegant dinner at the Eden Roc in Cap d’Antibes, Mick Jagger told me — with a Cheshire cat grin– that he will release a new album in the fall. “It’s not the Rolling Stones and it’s not a solo record,” he informed me. “But it’s something special.”
As a fan of Jagger’s solo work, I was thrilled to know that we’ll hear his voice on any record soon. The Rolling Stones are mired in various contractual and personal issues that have prevented them from making new music or touring right now. Of course, it was a little ironic to hear about Jagger’s new album on the same day that Keith Richards made a brief on screen appearance in the new “Pirates” movie. But life is full of coincidences. Jagger of course was accompanied by his beautiful and talented girlfriend L’Wren Scott, who’s now designing her own highly successful fashion line.
The Finch dinner–which highlights “The Finch Quarterly””– is one of the most coveted invites of the festival. And it didn’t disappoint. Arranged on the Eden Rock terrace overlooking the shimmering Mediterranean dotted with mega yachts, the dinner for around one hundred was full of table hopping A listers including Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen, who’s made a solid recovery from illness and looked great. Allen told me he’s just finished promoting his book, called “Idea Man” with TV appearances and even some rare book signings.
I ran into Mia Wasikowska from Gus van Sant’s “Restless,” plus Jane Fonda and Richard Perry, Harvey Weinstein, Sony Pictures Classics’ Michael Barker and Tom Bernard, director Simon Curtis, Johnny Pigozzi, producers Cassian Elwes and Ed Pressman, and the guest of honor for the evening, famed British producer Jeremy Thomas.
And the secret Jagger album? All his business partner Victoria Pearman would tell me on the sly is that “it’s amazing. And that’s all I can tell you for now.” It will be Jagger’s first release for Universal Records.