The Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger recently gave an interview to Matt Wilkinson on Apple Music Hits and talked about the possibility of the band providing virtual shows like ABBA.
Formed in 1972, ABBA is a timeless music group being among the most popular, influential, and successful music acts of all time. They have been topping the charts with their hits for years, and many music efforts have become best-sellers. However, ABBA officially separated in December 1982 due to the pressure of fame on their personal lives.
In 2016, ABBA reunited and started working on a digital avatar concert tour. Two years later, they announced recording news songs. On November 5, 2021, ABBA released their first album in 40 years, titled ‘Voyage.’ Moreover, ABBA Voyage, their concert residency featuring ABBA as virtual avatars, opened on May 27, 2022, and is scheduled to take place until May 2023.
So, as technology advances rapidly, music acts try to adapt to the changes. ABBA has handled this successfully with their ABBA Voyage, which features ABBAtars depicting them as they appeared in 1997. In a recent interview on Apple Music Hits, Mick Jagger also talked about whether he would think about making a virtual Stones show.
Speaking to Apple Music Hits’ Matt Wilkinson, Mick Jagger said that he hasn’t thought about this, so he cannot answer this question honestly. Jagger then admitted intending to see ABBA Voyage but couldn’t due to the traffic. Moreover, the Stones icon said we live in an AI world, and what technology has in store for the Stones is unknown.
As reported by Music Radar, Mick Jagger told Apple Music Hits the following about doing virtual shows:
“That would be stupid to give you a one-line answer because I haven’t really honestly thought about it. I was supposed to go and see it, but there was a train strike. So I didn’t get to go. I wasn’t going on the train, but the traffic was horrible.”
He then continued, revealing thoughts on technology’s possible effect on the Stones’ longevity:
“Obviously, technology will give you some of the answers to this, and who knows what technology lies in store down the road? We’re already in an AI world of doing this stuff, and you can do a lot of musical stuff with not very complicated computerization, as well.”
So, Mick Jagger has no negative thoughts on making virtual shows with the Stones as he accepts we live in a technology era where virtual concerts are already quite regular. Moreover, Jagger thinks positively about using technology to keep the Stones alive.