Mick Jagger says Yungblud and Machine Gun Kelly are bringing “life” to modern rock

The Rolling Stones' frontman praised the pair in a recent interview

Mick Jagger has praised Yungblud and Machine Gun Kelly, saying that the two artists bring “life” to a new generation of rock music.

Speaking to Swedish radio station P4 recently, the Rolling Stones frontman explained (via The Independent): “In rock music you need energy and there have not been a lot of new rock singers around. Now there are a few.”

He continued: “You have Yungblud and Machine Gun Kelly. That kind of post-punk vibe makes me think there is still a bit of life in rock and roll.”


Elsewhere in the interview, Jagger, 78, shut down the possibility of retiring following the Stones’ UK and European 60th anniversary tour which is due to kick off in June.

“I am not planning it to be the last tour. I love being on tour,” he said. “I don’t think I would do it if I did not enjoy it.”

Jagger went on: “I enjoy going out there on stage and doing my stuff. That is what I do. I want everyone to enjoy themselves and forget the troubles in their lives for a couple of hours and just chill out and have a great afternoon and evening.”

Mick Jagger
Mick Jagger performs in concert as The Rolling Stones close out their North American tour at Circuit of The Americas on November 20, 2021 in Austin, Texas. Credit: Gary Miller/WireImage

Speaking to NME back in 2019, Yungblud namechecked the legendary Stones singer while talking about his own ambitions for the future.

“I’m not arsed about being about for 10 minutes, have a hit song, get a fucking mansion, do too many drugs and kill myself,” he explained. “I want to be doing this until I look like Mick Jagger. He’s still sexy as fuck!”


Yungblud also told NME at the time that he thought rock ‘n’ roll was “very much alive” and had been “reinvented for a new generation” of fans.

You can see the full schedule for The Rolling Stones’ forthcoming UK and European tour below and find any remaining UK tickets here.

1 – MADRID, Wanda Metropolitano Stadium, SPAIN
5 – MUNICH, Olympic Stadium, GERMANY
9 – LIVERPOOL, Anfield Stadium, UK
13 – AMSTERDAM, Johan Cruijff Arena, NETHERLANDS
17 – BERN, Wankdorf Stadium, SWITZERLAND
21 – MILAN, San Siro Stadium, ITALY
25 – LONDON, American Express presents BST Hyde Park, UK

3 – LONDON, American Express presents BST Hyde Park, UK
11 – BRUSSELS, King Baudouin Stadium, BELGIUM
15 – VIENNA, Ernst Happel Stadium, AUSTRIA
19 – LYON, Groupama Stadium, FRANCE
23 – PARIS, Hippodrome Paris, FRANCE
31 – STOCKHOLM, Friends Arena, SWEDEN

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