Is Mick Jagger to be knighted?
You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes — and you make a big stink about it on TV — you get what you need. Mick Jagger joked in a TV documentary last year that, while his classic rock peers had become Sir Paul McCartney (in 1996) and Sir Elton John (in 1997), he’d been passed over for knighthood. Britain’s leaders must have been listening; various London newspapers reported Sunday that the 58-year-old rocker will finally become Sir Mick when Queen Elizabeth II knights him during her birthday honors next weekend.
No less a personage than Prime Minister Tony Blair nominated Jagger for the honor, The Independent reported, although neither the prime minister’s office nor Buckingham Palace would confirm the names of any of the honorees. If the Rolling Stones frontman does receive a knighthood, it’ll be for his 40 years of service to the British music industry, and despite his bad-boy reputation (he’s fathered seven children by four women, most recently in 1999) or his less-than-patriotic flight from England during the 1970s as a tax refugee. Still, the queen seems to be a big fan of graying rockers, judging by the lineup at her jubilee concert last week at the palace. Could Sir Ozzy be next?