One Direction: Like a young Rolling Stones?

One Direction: Like a young Rolling Stones?

POSTED: Saturday, November 17, 2012 - 1:00am

UPDATED: Saturday, November 17, 2012 - 1:04am

The music is different, but the intense fandom for One Direction isn't far off from the screaming fans who would mob the Rolling Stones, says the band's legendary frontman, Mick Jagger.

The rocker has picked up on the recent fervor for 1D, as the five-member group is called, and Jagger told CNN at Tuesday's premiere of the film "Crossfire Hurricane" that the group reminds him of his band's younger years.

"I watched a concert of One Direction on the TV the other night, you know just to check [it] out," Jagger said. "It reminded me very much of our early concerts, when we were pushed around among the audience and we would kind of float. [T]hey were like, floating above the audience, and they looked like, really distinctly uncomfortable."

The teen band of the moment may change, but history still has a way of repeating itself, Jagger continued.

"I remember feeling that same uncomfortable feeling of being pushed around in this very weird place about 50 years ago," he said. "It was a very funny moment, because it was very similar to the things we've been through."

Both Jagger and Ronnie Wood agree that up-and-comers like One Direction - who will star in their own 3-D movie to be directed by Morgan Spurlock - can offer a lot of inspiration to established artists like themselves. Wood added that he counts the young band members among his "pals."

"I remember them before they made it and I said, 'come on stick with it boys, you can do it,'" Wood said. "They still want me to come and jam with them I said, 'yeah, I'll come and play with you anytime.'"

At the moment, the Rolling Stones are busy with 50th anniversary performances, which will stretch from London to New York over the next month.

Their longevity is something they couldn't have predicted when they were starting out, Jagger said, and Keith Richards added that they're not ready to retire yet.

"Who will call it quits will be the public," Richards said at the premiere. "Not us -- when they say we've had enough of you, we'll disappear gracefully."

"Crossfire Hurricane," which chronicles the Rolling Stones' ride to rock stardom in the early '60s, will air on HBO Thursday at 9 p.m. ET. 

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