By Brian Ives
Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones have found themselves at the butt end of a fair amount of jokes about their age, not to mention questions about whether it’s appropriate or not for them to still tour, 50 years after they started. So Mick Jagger probably jumped at the chance to shoot a video introducing the reunion of legendary British comedy troop Monty Python.
The video, which precedes a string of performances by the five surviving members of Monty Python, saw Jagger “taking the piss” out of them (and himself), to use the British term.
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In the video, Jagger watches a soccer (or football) match with Stones drummer Charlie Watts at his side. An assistant informs him that one of their crew members is in London for the Monty Python reunion shows.
“Monty Python?” Jagger asks, “They’re still going?”
The assistant points out that they have 10 shows booked.
“10 shows? They must be coining it in! It must be expensive! Who wants to see that again? It was really funny in the ’60s…”
“Well, the first show sold out in 40 seconds.”
“Wow!” Jagger replies. “Still, it’s a bunch of wrinkly old men trying to relive their youth and make a load of money,” he says, mirroring the complaint often aimed at the his own group. “The best one died years ago!” he says, a reference to Graham Chapman, who died in 1989.
“You’ve seen it all before! I mean, they’ve put it all up on YouTube!” he adds.
Getting back to business, the assistant asks about the following night’s setlist, and Jagger suggests some of the band’s most oft-played classics, all of which are easily find-able on YouTube: “Start with something everyone knows like ‘Let’s Spend The Night Together,’ then ‘Get Off My Cloud,’ then hit ‘Satisfaction.'”
His assistant then suggests: “Dead Parrot Sketch,” the “Satisfaction” of Python sketches. To which, Jagger replies, straight-faced: “Yeah, ‘Dead Parrot Sketch.'” (See the legendary Monty Python “dead parrot sketch” here.)
Tickets for extra Python performances, which are said to be the comedy group’s last, will go on sale on Tuesday morning. The last show, on July 20, will be broadcast live in more than 2,000 cinemas around the world, and on TV. Get more ticket info here.
Incidentally, as of last year, the Rolling Stones grossed over $126 million on their 50&Counting tour. So maybe there’s something to “a bunch of wrinkly old men trying to relive their youth.”