The Rolling Stones' upcoming album contains a song seemingly critical of President Bush, but Mick Jagger denies it's directed at him.
Jagger and his band have a lucrative contract with the NFL. The Rolling Stones will help kick off the 2005 season from their "A Bigger Bang" world tour with footage from their concert in Detroit as part of "NFL Opening Kickoff 2005" -- a one-hour pre-game special.
ABC also will feature music and video footage of The Rolling Stones throughout the 2005 season in its Monday Night Football promotional campaigns and in-game highlight and tease packages.
Here’s some advice for the NFL: Give the Stones the boot.
You can’t prevent entertainers from wandering into political territory. Their egos are too big, and their common sense is often too small. So people like Jagger, Linda Ronstadt, Ted Danson, Alec Baldwin, Al Franken, etc., are going to bring politics into their work, or use their inflated status and overblown egos to justify inserting their ideas into the political arena. This is America: People are free to be stupid if they want to. Politics seems to bring the stupid entertainers out of the woodwork.
But the NFL is a different proposition. It is an American institution. It has always represented an American ideal, and promoted an American character. The Rolling Stones' new song is sharply at odds with the traditions of the NFL.
Besides, why settle for an over-the-hill bunch of geriatric rockers who have little real musical talent? The Stones are quite average, as musicians go. Their music is popular with a particular segment of the population, but it isn’t special from an objective musical point of view.The NFL would do well if it canned Jagger.