Mick keeps his lips locked at Chek Lap Kok

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 05 November, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 05 November, 2003, 12:00am

Mick Jagger was keeping his trademark lips shut last night as he walked through Chek Lap Kok's arrival hall flanked by burly bodyguards who kept a throng of journalists at bay.

'Great,' was all he would say when asked how he felt being in Hong Kong, before his bodyguards ushered him into a limousine to take him to the Grand Hyatt in Wan Chai to join the rest of the Rolling Stones.

There were no screaming fans on hand to welcome the 60-year-old rocker, still dapper in a grey pin-striped suit and loafers, when he arrived at about 5.30pm by private jet from London.

Jagger's three bandmates, Charlie Watts, Keith Richards and Ron Wood, flew into town at the weekend. The Stones play the final two concerts of Harbour Fest on Friday and Sunday.

It will be the first time the Stones have played in Hong Kong. They had been scheduled to play two concerts in March but cancelled because of Sars.

There are still tickets for sale - 'good seats are available but they are going fast', said a Harbour Fest spokesman.

Fellow veteran rocker Neil Young wasn't any chattier when he arrived last night about two hours after Jagger.

Young, 57, in a corduroy jacket with his greying hair covered by a khaki cap, arrived with his Crazy Horse bandmates and appeared tired after the 16-hour flight from San Francisco.

They perform tomorrow at Harbour Fest.

His bandmates, wearing matching green jackets emblazoned with demons, joked around and posed for a group photo to mark their first trip to Hong Kong, before boarding their coach.

A spokesman for the group said they 'feel great' coming to Hong Kong.

'Expect a lot of great music,' the spokesman said.