Veteran rock star Mick Jagger has strutted his stuff on stage in a sell-out concert in the US after undergoing heart surgery in April.
Jagger, 75, described by Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards as “rocking”, graced the stage in skinny black jeans and a white jacket opening with an appropriate classic hit Street Fighting Man.
That he is.
Jagger underwent heart valve replacement surgery in New York in early April, and in May reassured fans that he was back in shape by posting video on Twitter of him dancing in a studio.
While the singer’s US representative gave no details on the surgery, Fran Curtis issued a statement on April 6 to say he was “doing very well” after undergoing “treatment”.
“Mick Jagger has successfully undergone treatment. He is doing very well and is expected to make a full recovery,” the statement read.
Described by Billboard as trans-catheter aortic valve replacement, or TAVR, is an increasingly widely-used alternative to surgical valve replacement that requires the chest to be opened. TAVR typically allows for shorter hospital stays and quicker recovery times.
At the same time, Jagger posted on Twitter a special thanks to hospital staff: “Thank you everyone for all your messages of support”.
“I’m feeling much better now and on the mend – and also a huge thank you to all the hospital staff for doing a superb job,” he wrote.
The veteran British band opened its No Filter tour in Chicago at the city’s 61,500 seat Soldier Field stadium on Friday night local time, after delaying the 17-date US and Canada tour to allow for Jagger’s medical treatment.
“He (Jagger) went through it very easily,” Stones guitarist Keith Richards told the Toronto Sun in an interview ahead of the Chicago concert about Jagger’s treatment.
“He’s in great shape – rocking. As I say, it seemed to be no problem at all really.”
#MickJagger singing his first song at his first major concert – here in #Chicago – sprinting out into the crowd. The #RollingStones’ frontman is showing no signs off illness that delayed the start of the tour earlier this year. pic.twitter.com/gniRlo1M9E
— Michael Tarm (@mtarm) June 22, 2019
Concert-goers and critics alike praised Jagger’s performance as the band, together for more than 50 years, nailed its song list of 20 classics including Let’s Spend the Night Together, Satisfaction, Paint it Black and Brown Sugar, many describing him as a “legend”.
One fan wrote: “Mick Jagger out performs any front person even a fraction of his age. I can’t believe this man had heart surgery this year”.
Another described Jagger as the “greatest frontman in history”.
soooo mick jagger is still the greatest frontman in history… my 28th stones show, and first tour opener, was absolutely incredible… pic.twitter.com/D5qFoVP2av
— kevin casey (@exile_on_2nd_st) June 22, 2019
— Michael Tiknis (@TiknisArts) June 22, 2019
The 1960s band, whose current members Jagger, Richards, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts are now all in their 70s, has played more than 40 tours, making the quartet some of the most enduring and successful rock musicians of all time.
The Rolling Stones kicked off the No Filter tour in Europe in September 2017, playing the last show there in July 2018.
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