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Hometown gig lifts the lid on Jagger lifestyles

PUBLISHED: 12:25 08 October 2009 | UPDATED: 11:07 23 August 2010

RELATIVES of Sir Mick and Chris Jagger invited the Reporter to a rare homecoming concert at the weekend. The famous siblings cousin, Peter Scutts, from Gravesend and an old friend of Sir Mick s, Helen Salter, attended the gig at the Mick Jagger Centre,

RELATIVES of Sir Mick and Chris Jagger invited the Reporter to a rare homecoming concert at the weekend.

The famous siblings' cousin, Peter Scutts, from Gravesend and an old friend of Sir Mick's, Helen Salter, attended the gig at the Mick Jagger Centre, Dartford.

Mr Scutts, 70, said: "I got all the family down here tonight - I got about 50 tickets. Well it's a family occasion isn't it?

"Me, Chris and Mick grew up together. He's my cousin. It's just the same as your cousin! So what if he's famous?

"I have been talking to Chris for several days over the phone. I expect he's glad to be back. The last time I saw Chris was just over a year ago, because he wasn't at Mick's last concert.

"It's the same as when we have family parties at Christmas with Mick, Chris and everybody there, it's just nice to get everyone together.

"Mick is nothing like people imagine him to be. He's a very quiet, softly spoken guy.

"Last time I saw him was at the O2 last year. Obviously we don't pay. We get to go behind the scenes, which is good fun. But it's nothing special as far as I'm concerned!"

The packed concert at the Shepherd's Lane venue last Friday night came just ahead of the release of Chris's new album, The Ridge, on Monday .

The a heavily bluesy and folksy album sees Chris depart from his Cajun-flavoured band Atcha!, working with musicians like John Etheridge and Malcolm Mortimore.

Mr Scutts added: "I've heard bits of the album, it's alright! I'm going to grab a copy from him tonight."

Lifelong fans Mrs Salter, 66, from London, also revealed how she struck up a friendship with Chris's older brother Mick, also 66, back in the 1960s.

She said: "I had a disabled friend when I lived in Northern Ireland and I wasn't interested in rock music, but on July 31 1964 I took her to a concert at the Ulster Hall in Belfast.

"Because of the wheelchair we were allowed to sit on the stage and I looked across the stage and saw this chestnut-haired young guy in a purple blazer, blue shirt, white trousers - I can still see him now. I thought 'he's nice'.

"On the way home my friend said 'that was Mick Jagger' and I said I don't care, I'm going to London and I'm going to get to know him.

"So I did. I used to go up to Olympic studios and round to their houses and just hang out."

She added: "Mick was a very sweet guy, which is not what you want to hear. People want to read about him jumping in and out of bed with loads of women. But he's shy and sweet and self-effacing. He's not that person you see on stage. He kept me off drugs. If wasn't for Mick I probably would have got heavily into drugs. He said 'don't go near them.

"It must be very difficult for him - he must meet people and think 'which Mick Jagger do they want me to be?'"

Speaking after the gig, Chris said: "I absolutely loved the gig, playing to a home crowd, to all my family."

He added: "It's hard playing the new stuff - we're new to it, there's less of us, but it's a good challenge. Like any artistic pursuit, you need to keep it fresh. I can't fathom these bands who churn the same songs out night after night, year after year. It's good to push yourself.

"The family are all proud that a little place like Dartford has produced a world-class, influential band like the Stones and that I have played my part too.

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