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According to Ron Wood, the four core members of the Rolling Stones are little more than schoolboys, with only their descriptors shifting (Keith being a "thieving" schoolboy, while Mick is of the "sly" variety). But this comparison to co-eds on the red carpet at last night's premiere of Shine a Light was apt, as the Martin Scorsese-helmed concert film about the Stones' 2006 two-night stint at Manhattan's Beacon Theatre paints the band as more youthful than collectives half their age: Mick swivels his hips; Keith lunges during skyrocketing riffs; Ronnie flashes his ripped biceps; Charlie thwacks his kit insistently.
Jagger wouldn't unveil his secret for maintaining his high onstage energy levels, but he did reveal it has nothing to do with a health regimen. "I didn't go to the gym and I had no vitamins," he said of the days on which the film was shot. But perhaps Wood ingested some B-12 before the premiere, as the guitarist practically skipped down the red carpet gushing with excitement, gamely jawing with anybody who wanted his time. He even grinned while musing about Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears, offering the starlets the following nugget: "You gotta go through it to get to it."
Fashion mogul and rabid Stones fan Tommy Hilfiger may have been even more exhilarated than Wood. When asked why he likes the band, the designer put it simply: "Ron. Keith. Mick. Charlie." Gina Gershon, meanwhile, joked about how she hates the band (she really doesn't). Rock Daily also spied Jerry Bruckheimer and was told Leonardo DiCaprio found an alternative entrance route to the red carpet.
Before the premiere, Scorsese discussed his long-held esteem for the band. "Their music has dealt with aspects of the life that I was growing up around, and it's been a well of inspiration to this day," the director said while Keith Richards snickered and goofed around next to him. There's a clip in the film of a young Jagger confirming that he'll be performing when he's sixty, and Richards one-upped that idea when asked if he'd be onstage at age seventy. "Man, that's only five years away!" he quipped, signaling that this group of rock icons will still be tearing up stages (and movie screens) for years to come.
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