The Rolling Stones founding member and lead singer, Mick Jagger, recently posted a tweet on his Twitter account and announced his latest project while expressing his excitement to get back on stage once these difficult days are over.
There is no doubt that Mick Jagger is one of the most famous and successful rockstars of all time. His career has spanned over five decades and the 77 years old musician is still active in the rock scene. Jagger has often been described as one of the most influential stars in the history of rock and roll.
Jagger’s unique voice alongside Keith Richards‘s excellent guitar style, and the duo’s amazing live performances have often been credited as the reason why the Rolling Stones have never lost their fame. In his recent tweet, Mick Jagger talked about his latest project in collaboration with Royal Albert Hall and insinuated that he has missed both performing and watching other performances.
As you may know, this year Royal Albert Hall is celebrating its 150th anniversary and although its gates haven’t been opened for the past year, its anniversary celebration gave out the hope that everything will go back to normal soon. In the short film that was created to celebrate the Hall’s anniversary, Mick Jagger read the poem ‘For Friends Only’ by W. H. Auden.
The poem perfectly reflects the mood of this year’s Royal Albert Hall anniversary celebration, as the stages are empty and there’s no one in the audience. However, Mick Jagger ended his narration on a hopeful note by citing the lines ‘Distance and duties divide us / But absence will not seem an evil / If it make our re-meeting / A real occasion. Come when you can: / Your room will be ready.’
Here’s what Mick Jagger said in his tweet:
“Tom Harper has directed this short film to celebrate the Royal Albert Hall’s 150th anniversary, which I was delighted to narrate with a poem by W.H Auden..”
Here are the lines of the poem ‘For Friends Only’ by W. H. Auden that Mick Jagger narrated:
“Ours yet not ours, being set apart
As a shrine to friendship,
Empty and silent most of the year,
This room awaits from you
What you alone, as visitor, can bring.
Distance and duties divide us,
But absence will not seem an evil
If it make our re-meeting
A real occasion. Come when you can:
Your room will be ready.”
You can check out Mick Jagger’s tweet and watch the short film that was created to celebrate Royal Albert Hall’s 150th anniversary below.
— Mick Jagger (@MickJagger) February 23, 2021