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As Years Go By

by | 29th, August 2006

“GOOD evening…” A pause. Mick Jagger, for it is he, disappears from view behind the microphone stand. He consults an autocue screen hidden in speakers on stage. He re-emerges. “…London!”

The Sun (“I CAN’T FORGET NO SATISFACTION”) says that “ageing” Mick is using an autocue to help him through his latest performances.

In itself, there is nothing unusual in this. Many performers get prompts. Indeed, we should applaud Mick for embracing new technologies and being able to read without spectacles.

But surely by now Mick knows the old routine. His is a tried and tested performance, a Pavlovian response to putting on a sparkly jacket over a V-neck T-shirt.

But surely if Mick gets stuck he can always rely on that other aid to memory loss and direct the microphone at the crowd.

Many artists have been saved from embarrassing long pauses by the fans accepting the invitation to hear themselves sing.

Of course, like Mick, his audience is not getting any younger, and after a while one ageing rocker looks just like another. In bending the mic to their mouths, Mick runs the risk that “Jumpin’ jack flash it’s

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