Mick Jagger defies years as he hits pension age

Fri Jul 25, 2008 3:10pm EDT
 
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LONDON (Reuters) - Starting on Saturday, Mick Jagger will be entitled to a basic state pension of just under $180 a week.

But he will have to wait another five years for free roof insulation -- that benefit is only available to Britons over the age of 70.

The lead singer of British rock band the Rolling Stones turns 65 on Saturday, making him an old-age pensioner, albeit in name only.

Jagger continues to turn back the clock with age-defying live performances, recently impressing movie audiences with his energetic strutting and pouting captured by director Martin Scorsese in the 2008 rock documentary "Shine a Light."

Although his off-stage antics no longer match the rock 'n' roll excess of fellow Stone Ron Wood, recently admitted to rehab for a drinking problem, Jagger is clearly not about to rest on his laurels and tend to the garden.

He is increasingly involved in film production, acting as executive producer on "Shine a Light" and backing two other feature films since then. Rumors of a new Rolling Stones album and world tour also regularly surface in the news.

Should Jagger's estimated 225 million pound ($450 million) fortune, plus pension, prove insufficient, another tour would be a sure way of helping make ends meet.

The Rolling Stones' "A Bigger Bang" tour became the most successful of all time, grossing more than $558 million from 2005 to 2007, according to Stones tour producer Michael Cohl.

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<p>Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger performs during a concert on the band's "A Bigger Bang" European Tour in Warsaw July 25, 2007. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel</p>