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Rocker confirmed his status as the world's greatest great-grandfather when he celebrated the comeback of the Rolling Stones on Friday in Chicago.
The US section of the band's "No Filter" tour was delayed due to Sir Mick's heart surgery.
But now it's time again. The starting signal fell in the city's 61,500-seat Soldier Field Stadium. After the frontman of the Stones had recovered quickly from medical expectations, his band mates called him "superhuman."
He spoke in Chicago's only British interview since Mick's surgery 72-year-old guitarist Ronnie Wood said, "The doctors said they had never operated on a 75-year-old athlete – we laughed really well at that.
"He's just so fit, he has three hours a day to do some exercise and that has done him many favors in later life. He is really superhuman.
"When this type of operation is performed on a 75-year-old who is not retired, they usually return to a desk. They have never had a case where the guy did not have a desk job.
"He's a medical wonder, is Mick."
In fact, Ronnie considers the legendary frontman fitter than ever.
He said, "Oh god, it's even harder to stop now. It's like "Mick, come here, I want to talk to you" and he's like everywhere. He is really in good shape.
It took three weeks for the Stones to begin running in North America. Mick called band mates Ronnie, Keith Richards (75) and Charlie Watts (78) in his hotel room in Miami. Visibly annoyed, he told them he needed an urgent surgery to fix a problem with his heart, and was not efficient.
Despite the nightmare of rescheduling 17 gigs, there was no question. They just wanted Mick to feel better. Music could take a back seat.
Ronnie said, "Mick had the knowledge of his doctors that one day he had to deal with this problem with his heart – but he had no idea it would turn up so fast.
"He called us to his room and said, 'I have to do that now'. He felt so bad about it. We said, "Do not feel bad if it has to be done, do it, then we can keep rocking." And now we're really ready to rock – thankfully. "
Their tour has already grossed £ 188 million (nearly $ 240 million) and has been watched by 1,506,259 European fans.
This US Leg should begin in Miami On April 20, the Stones are back on the stage sooner than expected, thanks to Mick's recovery.
I met Ronnie in a suite at the Chicago Peninsula Hotel. The rocker, who has been sober for ten years, came with a can of Diet Coke.
The six-headed father, whose children are between two and 42 years old, casually wore a black hoodie over a patterned, slender shirt, jeans and sneakers.
He told me that his two-year-old twins Gracie and Alice had accompanied him on the trip and that afternoon they wanted to leave for Cirque du Soleil with their mother, Ronnie's third wife Sally, 41.
] They also took the toddlers to Keith and his wife Patti Hansen to the Turks and Caicos Islands in the Bahamas.
Ronnie said, "When Mick had his Op, Keith said that you might as well come to his little place in the sun.
"So we brought the twins down there and they trained on potty training. Keith was overjoyed. He said, "They came as little babies and left as little girls."
If an elderly father causes him stress, that's not obvious. His straw-covered hair is barely gray.
Ronnie said, "I'm really proud of that, I never colored it, maybe it's because I'm not worried."
Mick, who has eight children from five different women, also has a two-year-old Son, Deveraux, with the ballerina Melanie Hamrick, 32.
Ronnie believes that they are both are living proof that men can bear to be older fathers.
He said, "Mick has his little one Dev, he's looking forward to seeing him, my little ones, I can not get enough of them … If you have room in your life where you have the freedom to have them and care for them, then I would recommend it It's like a second chance.
"Since my sobriety, it's like having a second chance in life to see everything clear and grateful, it's unbelievable, I feel so good, and having that little blessing 'is the icing on the cake.'
Nowadays, the routines are The Stones before and after the show a world away from the hellish excesses of the sixties and seventies.
told Ronnie On the day of a concert, they will have something easy to eat – Mick and Charlie like fish and vegetables, while he and Keith prefer shepherds' cake.
After that, they will end up eating a soup and returning to their respective hotel suites. Ronnie, who fought against alcohol and drugs, usually watches criminal documentaries on Netflix. And that's exactly how he likes it.
He said, "With the momentum of youth, you have always hunted high. The music was high anyway and you always want to get higher, so you drink whatever or whatever. You never thought about it before – it was like keeping the high going.
"But now I can sit back and say, 'My body will collapse if I continue building and doing it as you did before. & # 39; , I am still very happy. I do not think I miss anything, I just see it a little more rational now. I'm high enough and thankful for that.
Her 17-day US tour lasts until the end of August. Then the band goes their separate ways before finding a window where they can work on their next album with original titles.
Ronnie says that the band does not have regular contact when she's not on tour or in the studio. I asked if there was a Rolling Stones WhatsApp group, and he laughingly replied, "No. Ha! I know you have me now.
"We are terrible in communication Charlie and Keith, they still refuse to go online, they do not have phones with them."
"Mick and I stay in touch a bit, I can Charlie over the landline and reach Keith about his wife when we need to talk, but the thing is that we are so close to the road that we need a little space and we know that everybody is fine. "The band is more communicative when Ronnie is around Asked for feedback on his impressive paintings.
During Mick's recovery, he unveiled his Stones-themed version of Picasso's 1925 painting The Three Dancers, one of five he created, in which Mick appears to be a woman.  Ronnie said, "Charlie liked it, Keith said," I like Micks ts. "
He plans to release more art, in fact, there's no way he'll slow down because he's a natural" fidget. "
Dasselb e applies to the other stones. Although her career has taken six decades, nobody is going to give her up. Mick, who has recovered from his operation, has just emphasized their resilience. Ronnie and Charlie both fought cancer and Keith recovered from a serious head injury.
Ronnie said, "Someone up there likes us. We just keep going and thank our lucky stars. Luckily, it has not left scars that prevented us from making progress. It's the best thing ever with the Stones.
"We are at the peak of health when we play together. Charlie, visibly awake when we start playing together, he looks physically better and feels better, we all do.
"It's like a medicine, we do not like to stop working, and if all goes well, there'll be a new album and a new tour."
"It's going to be great – but let's do it first to bring us down. "
This article originally appeared in The Sun.