Talk about a “crossfire hurricane.”
During Wed massive benefit concert for victims of Superstorm Sandy in the New York and New Jersey areas. The bill included a grip of anticipated A-list performers, including a set by Britain’s classic rock-icons, The Rolling Stones.
But, the group’s lead singer, Mick Jagger, managed to offend many Sandy victims when the band took the stage.
In what he probably thought was an innocuous comment, Jagger took the large number of British musicians at the six-hour even into account in some stage banter.
"This has got to be the largest collection of old English musicians assembled in Madison Square Garden,” he said. But the part that many took offense at? Jagger went on: “But I've got to say, if it rains in London, you've got to come help us."
The comment appeared to marginalize the storm as just a bit of rain when anyone who suffered the floods and winds of Sandy knows it was so much more than just a drizzle.
According to Twitchy.com, a website that tracks news through Twitter, even the verified Rolling Stones Twitter account with nearly 250,000 followers, tweeted out the latter half as a direct quote from Jagger. The tweet appears now to have been deleted.
"Not gonna lie when jagger said "better help us out if it ever rains in England" I got a little angry," tweeted Melissa Cavaleri.
"Was he calling us wussies?" asked Jeremy Bednarski.
Other fans were upset that the Stones played such a short set, sandwiched between longer shows from other bands. The Stones only played “You Got Me Rocking” and their classic “Jumping Jack Flash.” But that was it. Not even a trio. No encore.
Jagger has been a firebrand for decades now, recently drawing ire from the right for his song “Sweet Neo Con,” directed with a crosshair at the presidency of George W. Bush. At a 2006 Super Bowl performance, Jagger was asked to censor some of his more overtly sexual lyrics. He did not.
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