Amid a flurry of rumors, SPINews tracked down lead singer Mick Jagger working on his model railway layout in his mansion's game room near here.
“Yeah, that’s right,” said Jagger. “We’re all getting the gold watches and if we run into hard times we can sell 'em on eBay.”
He and his bandmates are in their late 60s but when detractors claim it’s time to hit the assisted-living circuit, Jagger bristles. “Chuck Berry is over 80," he said. "Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis are almost 80. We're still young. I mean, look at Keith -- he looks great as long as he doesn't fall out of any more bleedin' palm trees."
He admitted he's lost a step and can't bound around the stage as he used to, and it's hard to strut when pushing a walker. "Maybe we'll have to do what Eric Clapton did and play unplugged and sitting down."
A lot of fans have asked the Stones what they plan to do when they grow up. "Ronnie wants to open a Christmas shop in Sarasota," said Jagger. "Charlie is interested in soil conservation. Keith wants to work in health care and I'd like to be a fireman."