A Young Mick Jagger Was Certain He'd Have Another Career By Age 60

The Rolling Stones In Concert - Miami, FL

The Rolling Stones In Concert - Miami, FL

As one of the biggest and longest-lasting rock and roll band's of all time, The Rolling Stones were also one of the genre's first big stars.

Being that as it was, Mick Jagger had a hunch rock might indeed be the fad the British music establishment hoped it was. So he did what any responsible young person would do; he started thinking about retirement.

The Rolling Stones' former accountant, Laurence Myers, recalls Jagger asking him in the mid-1960s about a pension plan.

"The Rolling Stones had early success but they weren't making any money," Myers recalled in an interview with The Sun. "One day Mick and I were talking about a variety of things and pensions came up. He said, 'Pensions, maybe I should think about it? I won't be singing rock 'n' roll when I'm 60.'"

Jagger is now 76, and even heart surgery this spring couldn't keep him from touring this summer.

After helping numerous other celebrities, including John Lennon, David Bowie and Led Zeppelin, with their finances, Myers became a film producer. He gave the interview in connection to his memoir, Hunky Dory (Who Knew?).

The irony with regards to Myers' recollection of Jagger is deep, considering the remaining Stones' respective ages, the band's enduring vitality and the fact that on the recent North American leg of their 'No Filter' tour the Stones partnered with the Alliance for Lifetime Income, a nonprofit that helps people plan for retirement.

The Rolling Stones themselves have no plans for retirement. Although drummer Charlie Watts said a while back that he's at peace with the band's career, guitarist Keith Richards has openly considered the possibility that the band might release new music this year.

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