Mick Jagger: 'I wasn't surprised by the riots'

Rolling Stones man also downplays talks of a new tour

Mick Jagger: 'I wasn't surprised by the riots'

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The Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger has said he wasn't surprised that the riots in London took place earlier this summer.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror, Jagger said that rioting was a feature of British life and was unlikely to ever really go away.

He said:

I was in London for the riots. I was kind of surprised that people were shocked it happened. There's no warning, but it's a regular feature of English urban life if you think about it. Every ten years you get some riots.

Jagger went on to say that he didn't believe the urge to riot would ever leave the British public and it was foolish to imagine it would.

He added: "Riots like that have been a feature of Britain for 200 years or so and we like to congratulate ourselves that it has gone away. But the reality is that they haven't have they?"

The singer also dampened suggestions that The Rolling Stones would be touring next year to celebrate their 50th anniversary. Asked about the possibility of live dates, Jagger replied: "There may be a tour, who knows, maybe. Nothing is fixed at the moment."

Jagger released his first album as part of supergroup SuperHeavy on Monday (September 19). The group also features Joss Stone, Damian Marley, Eurythmics' Dave Stewart and composer AR Rahman.

You can watch a video of the band recording their self-titled debut album by scrolling down to the bottom of the page and clicking.

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