Jagger Says He's Given Up Drink, Drugs and Partying

By | November 19, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Mick Jagger, once the wild man of rock, says that at the age of 58 he has given up on drink, drugs and partying.

And with the Rolling Stones set to embark on yet another world tour, he said the veteran rockers weren’t ready to fade away quite yet: “The Stones would keep going even if they all died,” he said.

Jagger, famed for his swiveling hips and pouting lips, has won critical acclaim for his latest solo album – “Goddess in the Doorway” – and he let loose in Los Angeles last week with a rare one-man concert to publicize it.

“I’ve already changed my lifestyle to accommodate the fact that I have to do all this, to go on stage and perform,” he told the Independent newspaper. “I stopped partying, stopped taking drugs and drinking and all that.”

The Rolling Stones’ flamboyant frontman scoffed at newspapers who mock “the Strolling Bones.”

“It’s got worse and worse,” he complained. “Does it just prove that journalists can add up how much four people’s ages come to? Thank God Bill (Wyman) is not in the group,” he said. Former Stone Wyman is 65.

So how long will the Stones keep on performing?

“For as long as they can still do it with some sense of dignity, I suppose,” Jagger said.

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