One Direction reminds Mick Jagger of the early Rolling Stones
"One Direction" is taking the world by storm and Mick Jagger has noticed. He says the band reminds him of what it was like in the early days of the Rolling Stones, especially the feeling of being in a "weird place."
The Stones are rolling on with some live concerts all around the world to celebrate 50 years in show business. "One Direction" is smashing records for ticket sales, downloads and TV appearances that are responsible for tent cities jamming intersections for blocks around the studios.
Jagger can relate. Even with the relatively primitive media of 50 years ago, he and the other musicians in the band couldn't make a move without being swarmed by fans and promoters alike, all looking for a piece of the action.
NME online reported on Saturday that after watching a recent concert by the boy band of the moment, Jagger said, "I remember feeling that same uncomfortable feeling of being pushed around in this very weird place about 50 years ago. It was a very funny moment, because it was very similar to the things we've been through."
Despite the difference in image ("One Direction" can hardly be called a "bad boy" rock band) it seems Mick Jagger relates to the hysteria of live performance.
"It reminded me very much of our early concerts, when we were pushed around among the audience and we would kind of float. They were like floating above the audience, and they looked really distinctly uncomfortable."
Maybe Mick Jagger sees some parallels that could be very insightful. How long can "One Direction" last?
Check back in 50 years.