Mick Jagger has spoken of his disappointment at the lack of political leadership surrounding Brexit. The Rolling Stones frontman voiced his opinions to the BBC ahead of the band’s No Filter tour, which opens at Dublin’s Croke Park this Thursday (17 May).
"I'm not really happy with the status quo,” he said. “In the UK, I think we're going through a difficult moment. It's very hard to understand all the difficulties we're having with Brexit.”
He continued: ”The current government seems to be having a very hard time to navigate through it. Everyone would like to see a fast resolution and a united front rather than a split."
The 74-year-old singer also expressed his surprise at Donald Trump’s choice of campaign song, ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’, the closing number to their 1969 album, Let It Bleed.
"It's a funny song for a play-out song - a drowsy ballad about drugs in Chelsea!” he laughed. “It's kind of weird. He couldn't be persuaded to use something else."
He added: “It was odd, really odd.”
Guitarist Keith Richards revealed that he’s had a beef with Donald Trump for nearly 30 years. Recalling a scenario redolent of Spinal Tap and puppet shows, Richards said: "He was the promoter for us in Atlantic City [during 1989's Steel Wheels Tour], and it was billed as 'Donald Trump presents the Rolling Stones' [with the band's name written in miniature]."
He continued: "I got out my trusty blade, stuck it in the table and said, 'You have to get rid of this man!' Now America has to get rid of him. Don't say I didn't warn you!"
The veteran band is currently in Ireland preparing for their No Filter. Taking things easy, Mick Jagger was spotted at Malahide cricket ground to catch Ireland’s inaugural test match against Pakistan.