Mick Jagger: I could have been a teacher

Singer Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones performs at The Honda Center on May 15, 2013, in Anaheim, California.

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Mick Jagger thinks his original career plan to become a school teacher might have provided plenty of satisfaction.

The Rolling Stones frontman told BBC Radio Friday that his music career has not been challenging intellectually and that teaching might have been "gratifying" instead. He also said he had considered becoming a politician or a journalist when he was a teen.

Instead he has become one of the most successful rock singers in history.

Despite his interest in other careers, Jagger says he's "very pleased" with how things have turned out.

The band is marking its 50th year together with a series of concerts that will also include a first ever appearance at the Glastonbury festivalthis weekend and a return in July to Hyde Park in central London.

Earlier this week, Jagger called out President Barack Obama during a Rolling Stones concert in Washington, D.C. Although Mr. Obama wasn't in attendance, Jagger decided to use the opportunity to make a comment about the NSA surveillance controversy. "I don't think President Obama is here, but I'm sure he's listening in," the 69-year-old British rocker told the crowd, referring to the U.S. spying program.