January 25th, 2012
04:24 PM GMT
London (CNN) – It’s official - Davos does not have the moves to attract Jagger.
The Rolling Stone frontman was supposed to be one of the more unusual guests at this year’s World Economic Forum, attending a tea party thrown by British Prime Minister David Cameron. But unfortunately for Cameron, you can’t always get what you want.
In a statement released Monday, Jagger said he was pulling out of the event, over fears he will be used as a "political football." Sir Mick – a knight of the realm - said he was worried about people making inaccurate judgements over his political allegiances and, as a result, was declining his invitation.
You have to feel a little sorry for Cameron. He’s already short enough of friends in Europe after his brinkmanship at last month’s EU summit in Brussels. That said, this may well be a blessing in disguise - relations between the UK PM and French President Nicolas Sarkozy are already tense enough, without him showing up with one of Carla Bruni’s former lovers.
Cameron may also be reminded of previous UK prime ministers’ attempts to mix music with politics. Tony Blair is forever haunted by a marginally cringeworthy soiree with Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher at 10 Downing Street, the prime ministerial residence.
Perhaps the most interesting part of Jagger’s statement is the comment that he’s "always been interested in economics and world events" - after all, he did at one point study at the London School of Economics. Peer into his back catalogue and the signs have always been there: the B-side of the Stones’ first ever EP was in fact a song called "Money" (sample lyric: "Your love gave me such a thrill/But your love won’t pay the bills/I want money”). Perhaps a live performance would have been appropriate at Davos, followed by "Ain’t Too Proud To Beg," and an encore of "Gimme Shelter" for the Occupy protesters holed up in igloos.
So how does Davos replace the swagger of Jagger? Last year it was Bono who bought some much-needed rock and roll to the proceedings, but this year the usual economic ‘rock stars’ like Nouriel Roubini and Christine Lagarde lack the necessary musical pedigree. Look no further then than Japanese-American violinist Midori. She’s hosting an interactive session in Davos on Thursday, that promises to “change lives around the world with the power of music." See you down the front.
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