Where does someone like Mick Jagger go to record a new album when he’s seeking the ultimate in privacy and security?
Paul Allen’s yacht, of course!
That’s the word from the London Daily Mirror, which reports that the album from the Rolling Stone frontman’s new band, Superheavy, “was recorded under conditions of extreme secrecy in a multitude of locations across three continents, and even included sessions on a super yacht loaned by Microsoft billionaire Paul Allen.”
It makes sense: Allen and Jagger are friends, and as noted by James Paul Stern, Allen’s 414-foot yacht Octopus already contains its own high-end music studio.
In his recent memoir “Idea Man,” Allen tells the story of conspiring with U2’s Bono to get a reluctant Jagger to sing “Satisfaction” at a party, with Allen playing the signature riff on guitar. Bono pulled it off by singing the song extremely slowly.
“Mick starts to look nervous, like ‘Something has gone wrong in the universe, that’s my song, this has to stop,’ ” Allen remembered when I got him to tell the story on stage at Seattle’s Town Hall earlier this year. “So he went and grabbed the microphone. And he’s singing Satisfaction, and I’m playing the main riff to Satisfaction extremely nervously behind him. When the song was over, I looked over at Bono, and Bono goes … ‘Told ya.’ ”
No word if there were any similar shenanigans during the Superheavy sessions.