Sir Mick Jagger says One Direction gigs remind him of the early Rolling Stones shows because both bands appear ''distinctly uncomfortable'' when they are being pushed around among the crowd.
The 69-year-old singer watched one of the boy band's performances and claims the 'Little Things' hitmakers appear to be experiencing a similar ''distinctly uncomfortable'' feeling to the one the veteran rockers used to get during concerts when they first started out in the 60s.
He told CNN: ''I watched a concert of One Direction on the TV the other night... It reminded me very much of our early concerts, when we were pushed around among the audience and we would kind of float. They were, like, floating above the audience, and they looked really, distinctly uncomfortable.
''I remember feeling that same uncomfortable feeling of being pushed around in this very weird place about 50 years ago. It was a very funny moment, because it was very similar to the things we've been through.''
One Direction singer Harry Styles' looks are often compared to a young version of Mick, and The Rolling Stones' guitarist Ronnie Wood recently said he encouraged the 'Live While We're Young' group when they were on talent search show 'The X Factor' in 2010.
He explained: ''I remember them before they made it and I said, 'Come on, stick with it boys, you can do it'. They still want me to come and jam with them I said, 'Yeah, I'll come and play with you anytime'.''
One Direction's success in the US - which has seen them earn a Guinness World Record for being the first British band to top the US Billboard chart with their debut album, 'Up All Night' - has been compared to the British invasion of the 60s when The Rolling Stones and The Beatles became big stars Stateside.