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Mick Jagger shares top 10 rock 'n' roll lessons on 'The Late Show'

December 12, 2012|By Meredith Blake

It was a homecoming of sorts for Mick Jagger on Tuesday on “The Late Show.”

The Rolling Stones singer, in New York for Wednesday night’s epic “12-12-12 concert," first appeared on stage at the Ed Sullivan Theater back on Oct. 25, 1964, as a swaggering, skinny young rock star. Nearly five decades later, he’s older, wiser, but the swagger is still very much intact. (And it doesn’t look like he’s gained a pound, either.)

After an introduction by David Letterman, Jagger presented “The Top Ten Things I, Mick Jagger, Have Learned After 50 Years in Rock 'n' Roll.” So what life lessons did he share with viewers? There was the very wise “Never take relationship advice from Phil Spector,” the somewhat less sound “Song royalties are great, but even they can't match the guaranteed cash flow from a reverse mortgage," and the slightly sad "Everybody you meet after you become famous is only interested in you as a person."

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Jagger seemed to have the most fun with item no. 4, “A good way to keep yourself entertained is to sign every 10th autograph ‘Doris Goldblatt,'" pronouncing the name in a nasal whine. This here blogger particularly enjoyed item No. 7 ( “You don't earn a cent when someone does a song about having ‘moves like Jagger’”) a dig at Maroon 5’s boastful-bordering-on-delusional hit song.

As Jagger’s charming and very funny performance on “The Late Show” made clear, there are few (if any) people who can accurately make that claim. (Sorry, Adam Levine.)

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