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Mick Jagger jokes about Sean Penn at Mexico show

MEXICO CITY - The Rolling Stones made a triumphant return to Mexico a decade after they last performed in the country, delighting a crowd of about 60,000 fans.

Mick Jagger celebrated Monday night’s concert by poking fun at actor Sean Penn, whose secret interview with Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman while the convicted drug lord was a fugitive from justice has provoked controversy in Mexico.

“Sean Penn came to interview me at the hotel, but I escaped,” the British band’s frontman said to cheers and roars of laughter.

Penn’s article was published by Rolling Stone magazine in January a day after Guzman, the head of the Sinaloa drug cartel, was recaptured by Mexican authorities following his second brazen prison escape months earlier.

Speaking in a heavily accented but charming Spanish, Jagger said the Stones were “having a great time in Mexico” and expressed fondness for the city’s iconic Zocalo, or main square, for “lucha libre” wrestling and for the ancient pyramid ruins of Teotihuacan outside the capital.

“It has been 10 years since we last came to Mexico,” Jagger said. “It’s cool to be back.”

He also joked that the band enjoyed drinking tequila but now they prefer mezcal, another agave-based spirit which is known for its smoky flavor.

Performing beneath three huge video screens at the Foro Sol arena, the band kicked off the show with the classic “Start Me Up.”

“Hola Mexico! Hola guey!” Jagger exclaimed, employing a uniquely Mexican slang word that roughly translates as “dude,” before launching into “Tumbling Dice.”

Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts powered through other hits including “It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll (But I Like It),” “Out of Control,” “Wild Horses” and “Paint It Black,” before sending the crowd home with a rousing rendition of “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.”

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