Mick Jagger Narrates Short Film Honoring London’s Royal Albert Hall


Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones performing live at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan.

Story by Cat Badra, photo by Ken Settle

Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger narrates a short film honoring London’s Royal Albert Hall

A new short film honoring the 150th anniversary of London’s famed Royal Albert Hall featuring some high-profile performances, including live footage of Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters and the late, great Chris Cornell of Soundgarden. The video, which clocks in at just 90 seconds, pumps viewers up for the re-opening of the space, which is currently closed due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger narrates the film.

The video, called “Your Room Will Be Ready,” features Jagger reading a section of the 1964 W.H. Auden poem “For Friends Only.” Along with Jagger’s narration, the video features clips of an empty Royal Albert Hall, spliced together with footage of concerts held at the hall over the years, including the aforementioned shows by Grohl, Cornell and more.

“Empty and silent most of the year/This room awaits from you what you alone, as visitor, can bring,” Jagger states in the video. He adds that, “distance and duties divide us, but absence will not seem an evil, if it make our re-meeting a real occasion. Come when you can: Your room will be ready.”

As the clip progresses, other musicians featured in the video include Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin, Oasis, Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, The Beatles, Diana Ross, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Cream, George Michael, Iggy Pop and the Rolling Stones.

As the mini-movie draws to a close, a note pops up on the screen that says, “We’ve missed you.” Watch the full clip via YouTube below.

While many of the events and concerts that were scheduled to happen at the Albert Hall in 2021 have been canceled or postponed, some shows are still currently on the schedule. For the full list of upcoming events, head to RoyalAlbertHall.com.



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