Like a Rolling Stone: Monty Python inspired by Jagger for live shows' high-energy antics

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From left, Eric Idle, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin and Terry Jones of the comedy group Monty Python pose for photographers during a photo call in London Monday, June 30, 2014, to promote their reunion for a series of concerts. The group had its first big success with the Monty Python's Flying Circus TV show, which ran from 1969 until 1974, winning fans around the world with its bizarre sketches. (Photo by John Phillips Invision/AP Images)

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LONDON (AP) — The members of Monty Python are aiming to move like Jagger in their live farewell shows.

The fast-paced comic revue requires the septuagenarian comedians to act, sing, dance and pull off rapid-fire costume changes.

Michael Palin says they've drawn inspiration from the Rolling Stones frontman, still gyrating at 70.

Palin told a news conference Monday that the group members had to show "we can still move fast. A kind of madness takes over. You just leap about at a certain point."

The five surviving Pythons are reuniting for 10 dates at London's 15,000-seat O2 Arena starting on Tuesday. They say fans can expect old favorites, back-catalog gems and new twists — including an appearance from physicist Stephen Hawking.

Eric Idle said "our motto has been: leave them wanting less."

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