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Why doesn’t Mick Jagger slow down? Because he can’t

Jagger performing in Berlin last summer
Jagger performing in Berlin last summer Credit:  AFP

Is it time for Jumping Jack Flash to sit down and put his feet up? News that Mick Jagger is to undergo surgery to replace a heart valve will have come as a surprise to anyone who has seen the Rolling Stones on stage in recent years, where their hyperactive frontman still  incessantly jiggles and jerks about as if his bandmates filled his underpants with itching powder for a joke.

Jagger may be 75 and sporting a face the texture of a leather suitcase rescued from a skip but he cavorts with more energy than most performers half his age. Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood fire up the riffs but it is Jagger who personifies the physical vitality of the greatest rock and roll band in the...

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