STORY WRITTEN BY MESFIN FEKADU
AP Music Writer
NEW YORK (AP) — “Empire” is a powerhouse, but it might have just received its biggest endorsement: Mick Jagger says he’s a fan of the musical drama series.
“It’s been very successful and it’s great that a show about music can be that successful and it’s good for everybody. And I think it’s a really good show,” Jagger said in a phone interview Tuesday.
Last month’s season finale for the hit Fox series drew 17.6 million viewers in the second hour of the two-hour event; the first hour scored 15.8 million viewers.
Jagger said he’s talked with series creator Lee Daniels.
“I met Lee in Los Angeles during Oscar week and we had a nice (time), went to a couple parties,” Jagger said. “We were sort of joking around about the music-TV business.”
“Empire” stars Taraji P. Hensen as Cookie and Terrence Howard as Lucious Lyon. The show has featured a number of top stars in music, including Courtney Love, Snoop Dogg and Mary J. Blige.
Could the 71-year-old Jagger be next?
“I think Lee would have asked me already,” he said, laughing. “But who knows? Stranger things have happened.”
Jagger isn’t a stranger to acting and production, though: Last year he produced both a feature film and documentary on James Brown, and he’s now working on a HBO rock series that will feature his son James. The untitled show, about the music scene in 1970s New York, will be produced with Martin Scorsese and written by “Boardwalk Empire” creator Terence Winter.
“I’m working on the HBO show quite a lot, and that’s in the writing stage. So we’re writing, and shooting in May, so that’s a lot on my mind,” Jagger said. “And there’s some projects, some film things I’m doing, so I’m quite busy with that.
“But now I’ve got to concentrate more on doing this (upcoming) live tour.”
The Rolling Stones recently announced a 15-city Zip Code stadium tour of North America, to launch May 24 at Petco Park in San Diego, California.
Pre-sale tickets are available starting Wednesday and general tickets go on sale Monday.