clear
Saturday November 17th, 2018 6:19AM
4:57PM ( 13 hours ago ) Weather Alert

Mick Jagger went to see England and England lost, again

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

MOSCOW (AP) — In a literal case of life imitating art, Mick Jagger went to see England and England lost.

The Rolling Stones frontman was at the Luzhniki Stadium on Wednesday to see Croatia beat England 2-1 in extra time in the World Cup semifinals.

Last year, Jagger unexpectedly released a pair of solo songs. One of the songs was called "England Lost," and its starts with the tale of someone ostensibly going to watch England play a soccer match and finishes with some political commentary about Britain's exit from the European Union.

"I went to see England, but England's lost," Jagger sings. "And everyone said we were all ripped off."

Jagger arrived in Russia for the World Cup after he and his bandmates completed a short European tour in Warsaw on Sunday. He attended Tuesday's match between France and Belgium in St. Petersburg and then came to Moscow to see his home national team play — and lose to — Croatia.

Jagger has been a regular in recent years at major soccer tournaments. He attended the World Cup final four years ago in Brazil and also watched the United States play Ghana in the round of 16 at the 2010 tournament in South Africa. He was at that match alongside former President Bill Clinton, who had a cameo in the Martin Scorsese-directed Rolling Stones concert film "Shine A Light."

But Jagger, who is also a keen cricket fan, has been thought of as a bit of a jinx at World Cup soccer stadiums.

During another European tour in 2014, Jagger wrote some encouraging words on Twitter ahead of England's match against Uruguay in the group stage.

"Let's go England! This is the one to win!!," he wrote. England lost.

Jagger then predicted at a show in Rome that Italy would beat Uruguay in a subsequent group match. Italy lost.

At an earlier concert in Lisbon, Jagger said Portugal would win the title in Brazil. The Portuguese were eliminated in the first round.

Then came the semifinals, which essentially cemented Jagger's reputation as a harbinger of bad luck in Brazil. The man who sang "Hoo Doo Blues" on the band's most recent album went to Belo Horizonte to see the host nation face Germany with his son Lucas, who is half Brazilian. Brazil lost, big time.

Those examples only reinforced the theory that began in South Africa in 2010. A day after the U.S.-Ghana match, Jagger attended England's game against Germany. England lost.

He then went to watch Brazil play the Netherlands in the quarterfinals with his son, who was wearing the national team's yellow jersey. Yes, Brazil lost.

Perhaps it was that dire history that prompted Jagger to write "England Lost," which he released last July — one day after his 74th birthday — along with "Gotta Get A Grip."

At the time of release, Jagger said in a statement that the song was about more than just watching his team lose a soccer match.

"It's obviously got a fair amount of humor because I don't like anything too on the nose," Jagger said then, "but it's also got a sense of vulnerability of where we are as a country."

Regardless of why he wrote "England Lost," it certainly didn't help England win on Wednesday.

___

More AP World Cup coverage: https://apnews.com/tag/WorldCup

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP Sports, AP Entertainment, AP Online Recordings News
© Copyright 2018 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Croatia in World Cup final for 1st time, beats England 2-1
Croatia is going to its first World Cup final
5:31PM ( 12 minutes ago )
Mick Jagger went to see England and England lost, again
Mick Jagger went to see England and England lost, and it's not the first time the team he was cheering for ended up on the losing side
5:24PM ( 20 minutes ago )
Kansas governor: University will remove flag art piece
The chancellor at the University of Kansas has agreed to have an art display that includes an altered U.S. flag taken down, after Gov. Jeff Colyer and other GOP political candidates complained it was disrespectful.
5:14PM ( 29 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Croatia reaches World Cup for 1st time, beats England 2-1
Croatia is going to its first World Cup final
4:55PM ( 49 minutes ago )
The Latest: Andy Murray debuts as commentator at Wimbledon
Andy Murray made his debut as a BBC commentator for the Wimbledon quarterfinal between Rafael Nadal and Juan Martin del Potro
4:49PM ( 55 minutes ago )
Federer stunned in Wimbledon QF; Nadal, Djokovic, Isner win
Roger Federer wasted a match point and a big lead and lost in five sets to Kevin Anderson in the Wimbledon quarterfinals; Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and John Isner reached the semis
4:32PM ( 1 hour ago )
AP Sports
Producers plan movie about Thai cave rescue
Christian movie producers, already on the ground in Thailand, plan movie about cave rescue
4:54PM ( 50 minutes ago )
Good Charlotte to headline benefit concert for 5 slain
The city of Annapolis will hold a benefit concert featuring Maryland-bred rockers Good Charlotte to honor the five Capital Gazette employees killed in an attack in their newsroom
4:44PM ( 1 hour ago )
Police: 'Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta' star hit valet on head
A "Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta" star who has had various run-ins with the law was arrested again after police say she refused orders from officers and hit a valet on the head
3:59PM ( 1 hour ago )
AP Entertainment
US first lady Melania Trump visits Belgian music academy
U.S. first lady Melania Trump visits music academy near Brussels with other spouses on the sidelines of NATO summit
2:02PM ( 3 hours ago )
Whitney Houston's mom expresses 'shock' over abuse claims
Whitney Houston's mother says allegations that her superstar daughter and her son were molested by her niece are 'unfathomable'
1:32PM ( 4 hours ago )
Cardi B announces birth of daughter on Instagram
Cardi B is celebrating the birth of her first child with Instagram post
12:11PM ( 5 hours ago )
AP Online Recordings News
Croatia in World Cup final for 1st time, beats England 2-1
Croatia is going to its first World Cup final
5:31PM ( 13 minutes ago )
Kansas governor: University will remove flag art piece
The chancellor at the University of Kansas has agreed to have an art display that includes an altered U.S. flag taken down, after Gov. Jeff Colyer and other GOP political candidates complained it was disrespectful.
5:14PM ( 30 minutes ago )
The Latest: A World Cup of hurt for England semifinal loss
Harry Kane and his England squad stayed on the field long after the 2-1 extra-time loss to Croatia, acknowledging the thousands of traveling fans who'd come to Russia to see the Three Lions play in a World Cup semifinal for the first time in 28 years
5:12PM ( 32 minutes ago )
US Navy now allows women to wear ponytails, lock hairstyles
The Navy says it will now allow servicewomen to sport ponytails and other longer hairstyles, reversing a policy that long forbade females from letting their hair down
5:12PM ( 32 minutes ago )
New EPA acting chief signals more inclusive approach
The new acting chief of the Environmental Protection Agency is signaling a more inclusive approach at the agency, telling staffers roiled by months of ethics allegations against his predecessor, "You will find me and my team ready to listen."
5:06PM ( 38 minutes ago )