He says, "I mean I've been on this show before - I've done sketches, I've done music, you know, I've been just hanging out for fun - so I've always said to [executive producer] Lorne [Michaels] when he's asked me, 'I don't want to do it. It's too much like hard work.' And I was right of course. It is too much like hard work, but it's a lot of fun."
Jagger stuck mostly to Stones hits, doing a straightforward take on "The Last Time" backed by Arcade Fire. The performance was marred by a glitch that made Tim Kingsbury's guitar drop out during the song's solo. Foo Fighters joined Jagger to do a medley of "19th Nervous Breakdown" and "It's Only Rock n' Roll (But I Like It)."
Watch the performances:
For his final performance 10 minutes before the show's end, Jagger unveiled a new song called "Tea Party" that he said was a blue number about the upcoming election. He was joined by Jeff Beck, and the lyrics made clear why it was near the end of the show, as one of the lines ended with the S-word.
Two sketches with Jagger included Stones songs:
During the rest of sketches Jagger played a banker at JP Morgan, a very effeminate actor on a game show and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler on a talent competition called So You Can Think You Can Dance at an Outdoor Music Festival.