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Mick Jagger, strutting at 80, teases new album and more touring

Mick Jagger, strutting at 80, teases new album and more touring

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Mick Jagger, strutting at 80, teases new album and more touring

How does it feel for Mick Jagger to be back on tour singing, dancing and strutting across stadium concert stages at 80 years old?

“Like being on stage at 78,” the Rolling Stones frontman, who has thrilled audiences for more than six decades, said a day after playing a packed show outside Boston.

“It took a couple of shows to get into the groove, but now we’re into it,” Jagger said. “I’m feeling good.”

He sang “What a drag it is getting old,” back in the 1960s. But Jagger, who turns 81 on July 26, is still having a blast and has no plans to stop rocking anytime soon.

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Now swinging through the US on the “Hackney Diamonds” tour, the group will look at opportunities to play in other countries next year, Jagger said in an interview.

“We’ll consider those offers, where we’re going to go and where it will be fun, you know?” he said. “It could be Europe, could be South America, could be anywhere.”

Jagger also said the Stones are likely to release more new music soon.

The current tour is named for the critically praised album the Stones debuted last October, the first new material from the British rockers in 18 years.

At each stop, Jagger commands the stage for two hours with bandmates Keith Richards, 80, and Ronnie Wood, 77. Fans say Jagger still delivers a vigorous performance full of gyrating, stomping, sprinting and his world-famous swagger.

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In a review titled “The Rolling Stones Really Might Never Stop,” the New York Times said Jagger, at a show at a football stadium in New Jersey, seemed to get more energetic as the night went on.

Where does he find such energy?

“I just enjoy it,” Jagger said. “Really, that’s the answer. I just love doing it.

“You get this back and forth with the audience. You can see they’re having a good time, you’re having a good time, and it gives you a lot more energy.”

MUSIC LEGENDS MAY JOIN JAGGER

Jagger said he stays fit by doing two dance rehearsals and a few gym workouts each week. His father was a physical education teacher and Jagger has often credited his good health to genetics.

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On the tour, the Stones play about four songs from “Hackney Diamonds” in between rock classics such as “Start Me Up,” “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” and “Sympathy for the Devil.” The set list is tweaked for each stop.

Fans appear to have embraced the new music, Jagger said. He sees people in the crowd singing along to the words.

Coming up, Jagger said he hopes to be joined on stage by some of the music legends who made guest appearances on “Hackney Diamonds” – Paul McCartney, Lady Gaga, Stevie Wonder and Elton John – but said he does not yet have commitments. “It’s hard pinning them down,” he said.

The Stones recorded many songs that did not make it onto “Hackney Diamonds,” which may lead to another album, Jagger said.

“We’ve got a lot more, so I think we may be set up to make another album quite soon,” he said.

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Outside of music, Jagger is producing a film about the love story between jazz musician Miles Davis and French actress and singer Juliette Greco, as well as a movie adaptation of “The Real Thing,” a play by British playwright Tom Stoppard.

Jagger has appeared on screen in about a dozen films and TV shows and said he would like to do more acting. “I don’t really get that many interesting offers, to be honest,” he said. “I enjoy doing it when I do it.”

INTEREST IN US ELECTIONS

On the tour, the band asks ticket holders at each stop to vote on one song to be included in that night’s show. Boston fans chose 1980 track “Emotional Rescue” in the online poll, which had a turnout of roughly 80 per cent.

Jagger used the moment to urge the audience to vote in the US presidential election in November.

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He did not say which candidate he preferred, but the band has threatened to sue likely Republican nominee Donald Trump if his campaign keeps playing the Stones hit “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” at events.

Jagger has made brief political jabs on stage and occasionally receives flack as a Brit commenting on American politics.

“First of all, I think everyone has a right to have an opinion,” Jagger said. “It’s a free country.”
“I feel like it’s such an important election,” he added.

“I’ve got seven children who are US citizens. I care about what happens to their future. And I pay a lot of American taxes. So why shouldn’t I be able to say what I feel?”

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Actress, former Miss Teen Esta TerBlanche dies

Actress, former Miss Teen Esta TerBlanche dies

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Actress, former Miss Teen Esta TerBlanche dies

‘All My Children’ star Esta TerBlanche has died, her manager confirmed to PEOPLE on Sunday. She was 51.

“We are deeply saddened by this news,” her manager Annie Spoliansky said in a statement to PEOPLE. “As for a personal statement, I’d like to say that Esta was such a kind, loving, giving, and caring person.”

“She cared so deeply for all people and animals,” she added. “She had squirrels she fed and looked after daily, her two cats and recent kittens that she cared for as her own children.”

“Esta was never anything but generous and lovely to me, and I’m grateful to have known her for the time that I did, and devastated to learn of her passing,” her statement concluded.

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The cause of the South African actress’ death is unknown. Deadline reported that authorities believe TerBlanche had been dead for about a day when her body was found.

TerBlanche was best known for playing Gillian Andrassy Lavery on All My Children from 1997 to 2001. The character was a Hungarian princess whose love interest and eventual husband on the show was Cameron Mathison’s character Ryan Lavery.

“RIP my Sweet Princess,” Mathison, 54, wrote in tribute over a photo of the pair in character on his Instagram Stories on Sunday.

He also posted another photo of the TV couple posing together with broken heart emojis over it.

“Esta helped me last year when Red was sick and paralyzed and I was struggling,” he wrote over another photo of the pair, a recent selfie. “One of the sweetest people ever.”

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Mathison grinned in the photo as TerBlanche made a kissing face near his cheek.

TerBlanche held the title of Miss Teen South Africa in 1991 before she began pursuing a career in acting, Deadline reported.

The former soap opera star was born in South Africa on Jan. 7, 1973 and starred as Bienkie Naudé Hartman on Egoli: Place of Gold, a popular drama in the country, before landing her role on All My Children. 

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Police arrest suspects involved in kidnap of playwright Khalilur Rehman

Police arrest suspects involved in kidnap of playwright Khalilur Rehman

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The Lahore police claim to have arrested the culprits involved in the kidnapping of famed playwright Khalilur Rehman Qamar.  

A day earlier, the writer had lodged a complaint against his kidnappers and requested the law-enforcement officials for help. 

Police took immediate action and traced the suspects within hours. 

Among those arrested were Amina Urooj, Mamnoon Haider, Zeeshan Qayyum, Javed Iqbal, Tanveer Ahmed, Falaksher, Qaiser Abbas, Rashid Ahmed, Mian Khan, Babar Ali, Shumaila Bibi and Maryam Shahzadi. 

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“The main suspect, Amina, is a repeat criminal and has a history of committing similar crimes. Her modus operandi involves deceiving her victims by presenting herself as a British citizen, thereby gaining their trust before carrying out the robbery along with her associates,” say police.   

In this regard, Organized Crime Unit DIG Imran Kishwar, along with the writer, held an important press conference to inform the public about the details. 

WHAT HAPPENED WITH THE CELEBRITY? 

The Lahore police on Sunday registered a case on the complaint of eminent writer Khalilur Rehman Qamar that he was kidnapped and tortured. 

Qamar is a famous writer and has given the industry some major hits. He is also known to have some controversial views on a variety of subjects. 

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A woman named Amina had called Qamar to her house, saying she wanted to make a drama and when he reached the woman’s house, armed men kidnapped him. 

The Payare Afzal writer had to give a huge sum of money to the kidnappers for his release. 

Later, the Sundar police registered a case on his statement. 

In the FIR, it is mentioned that the accused kept on torturing Qamar and kept moving him to different places. They also threatened to kill him and asked him to request for more money from his relatives. 

Rehman alleged that the men confiscated Rs60,000, an iPhone 11, an ATM card as well as his national identity card. 

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The FIR added that more than Rs200,000 were also drawn from a separate bank account belonging to the complainant.

The kidnappers, the FIR states, told Rehman that they had been given the orders to kill him, before demanding a ransom payment of Rs10 million, to which Rehman told them that he did not have that kind of funds available.

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Rahat Fateh Ali Khan takes exception to news about his arrest in Dubai

Rahat Fateh Ali Khan takes exception to news about his arrest in Dubai

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Rahat Fateh Ali Khan takes exception to news about his arrest in Dubai

 Famous singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan has cleared the air of his arrest at the Dubai Airport.

The iconic singer said he was merely questioned in a routine manner and that he was not investigated much less arrested.

He mentioned that the Dubai officials received request for questioning only and that the matter was noting of any serious nature.

Earlier, some media outlets reported that the famous singer had been arrested at the Dubai Airport.

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As per the details, the singer was apprehended due to the complaints filed by his former manager Salman Ahmed to the Dubai authorities.

The musician had ended the contract of his former manager after developing differences over vital issues.

The ‘Mere Paas Tum Ho’ singer had reached Dubai for his concert.
 

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