Mick Jagger has shot a droll, self-mocking promo for the Monty Python troupe ahead of their string of performances at the O2 arena in London this week.
“They’re just a bunch of wrinkly old men trying to relive their youth and make a load of money,” Sir Mick remarks in the promo, as he lounges on a couch with Charlie Watts (who lets his eyes do his talking.
In the video posted on the Monty Python YouTube channel, Jagger is asked by his assistant if he wants tickets for the show. The singer, busy watching the Soccer World Cup, declines: “Who wants to see that again?”
The five surviving members of Monty Python are performing together live for the first time since 1980. The troupe will put on 10 shows up to July 20 – all broadcast live in 2000 theaters around the world, as well as on television.
The extravagantly assembled performances are expected to include their best-known sketches such as Dead Parrot, The Spanish Inquisition and the Lumberjack Song.
Python member Eric Idle is directing the shows, and performing alongside Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam, John Cleese and Terry Jones. Graham Chapman passed away in 1989. The live shows are intended to be their last.
In the video sketch, which was shown to journalists at a London press conference, Jagger appears seated on a sofa alongside a slouched, entirely silent Charlie Watts.
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