Mick Jagger poked fun at actor Sean Penn and his interview with fugitive drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman as he performed in Mexico.
Jagger and The Rolling Stones were performing in the Mexican capital after making a triumphant return to the country a decade after they last performed there. Up to 60,000 fans packed a sports stadium as Jagger spoke to the crowd in Spanish.
“Sean Penn came to interview me at the hotel, but I escaped,” the British band’s frontman said, apparently to cheers and roars of laughter, reported Billboard.com.
Penn came under fire for interviewing the fugitive drug lord El Chapo while he was still on the run. The article was published by Rolling Stone magazine in January a day after Guzman, the head of the Sinaloa drug cartel, was recaptured by Mexican authorities following his second prison escape months earlier.
Aside from his jab at Penn, Jagger told the crowd the Stones were “having a great time in Mexico” and shared his fondness for Mexican culture.
“It has been 10 years since we last came to Mexico,” Jagger said. “It’s cool to be back.”
Local fans refer to the band as ‘Their Satanic Majesties’ the title of their 1967 album. The Stones will play a second show on Thursday in Mexico, the penultimate stop on their Ole tour of Latin America.
Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts powered through hits including It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll (But I Like It), Out of Control, Wild Horses and Paint It Black before ending on the classic (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.
On March 25 three days after U.S. President Barack Obama finishes his landmark visit to Cuba, the Stones will play an historic free concert in Havana, Cuba.
The gig will take place at the Ciudad Deportiva de la Habana and will be the first open air concert in the country by a British Rock Band