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Mick Jagger Accepts

I don't know. Pete Townshend. Thank you, Pete. He said at the end, I think, that now we're all his friends. I'm not so sure after that speech we are all his friends anymore. Next year, Pete - it's a sobering thought - that you're going to be in this old hawk's shoe, so someone else is going to wind you up like that. Um, I did have some things to say. I wanted to thank very much Ahmet, and Jann Wenner, and the committee for letting [?] us to the wax-works of rock. Now that Jann has finished his house in East Hampton, and Ahmet has finished his house in Turkey, I hope they can get down to building the phantom temple of rock in Cleveland. I particularly look forward to visiting the Ann Klein wing, where the best examples of repackaging will be housed. You know, it's slightly ironic that tonight you see us on our best behavior, but we're being rewarded for 25 years of bad behavior. It's also a bit amusing on the side. But I have to be slightly sappy I suppose, and I must say I'm very proud to work with this group of musicians for 25 years. And as you know, tonight we have Mick Taylor with us, and also, we're very pleased to welcome him, Bill and Charlie couldn't make it, but we're pleased to be with Ronnie, Keith and myself. The other thing I'm very proud of is the songs that Keith and I have written over the last 25 years. I'd like to pay tribute to two people who can't be here tonight. One, Ian Stuart, a great friend, a great blues pianist, whose odd but invaluable musical advice kept us on a steady, bluesy course most of the time. And to Brian Jones, whose individuality and musicianship often took us off the bluesy course, with often marvelous results. Jean Cocteau said that, 'Americans are funny people. First you shock them, then they put you in a museum.' We'll we're not quite ready to hang up the number yet, so on behalf of the Stones, I'd like to thank you very much for this evening.