Stones Target 'Hypocrites' in New Song
August 10, 2005
They've been hailed as the biggest, best and baddest band there ever was. Now, the eternally-rebellious and controversial Rolling Stones are at it again with a barbed protest song reportedly aimed right at President George Bush.
The rockers were in Toronto, rehearsing for their upcoming tour, when they gave a rare interview to "Extra's" music critic Jude Cole. And legendary Mick Jagger spoke for the first time about the song, "Sweet Neo Con," which says in part, "You call yourself a Christian. I call you a hypocrite. You call yourself a patriot. Well, I think you're full of s***."
But Jagger insisted, "It's not really aimed at anyone in particular. It's not aimed personally at President Bush. It wouldn't be called 'Sweet Neo Con' if it was. It's certainly very critical of certain policies of this administration, but so what, you know? Lots of people are critical, and I had my feelings about it."
"Sweet Neo Con" is just one of the songs from the Stones' upcoming CD, "A Bigger Bang," the band's first album in eight years. And Jagger revealed one of the keys to his success: "You've got to retain that vitality you had when you were young. You can't make rock records without a lot of vitality."
The new CD will be released to coincide with a concert tour that kicks off in Boston on August 21st, which will reunite Jagger with fellow legend, Keith Richards. "Every new tour is like a new voyage," Richards admitted. "It's a little school-boyish, a little adventure."
Richards also spoke for the first time about being Johnny Depp's inspiration in "Pirates of the Caribbean," and he confirmed that he'd really like to make a cameo in the sequel, promising, "Wait until you see the patch."
So with movies, music and a new tour, it certainly seems like the bad boys of rock are still going strong and showing no signs of slowing down.