“Stones Still Rolling! 50 and Counting Tour!”

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Jagger & Richards How much would you pay to see these aging rockers?

It’s hard to believe that Mick, Keith and the boys are still out there touring. Having celebrated their 50th year together last year they’ve continued the celebration into 2013 with the “50 and Counting Tour” which opens here on the West Coast early next month. Tickets prices are through the roof! No band has ever charged so much for tickets before, but hey it’s the Stones so they know they can get it. Cheap seats in the upper levels begin at nearly $200 while lower level and floor seats are closer to $700 if you can get them Most people will pay considerably more than that to resale agencies. It’s ridiculous!

I don’t understand how anyone would want to see the aging rockers and be willing to pay through the nose for tickets! I have some friends who paid $600 a piece to see the Stones next month  at Staples Center. I wouldn’t pay half that! Hell, I wouldn’t even pay $100! Hmmm, well maybe I’d pay $100,but they’d have to be decent seats!  I’m sorry but I truly have absolutely no desire to see the Stones perform live at any price, zip, zero, zilch, nada! In fact  I find the idea of seeing 70 year old rockers  about as exciting as watching paint dry.

Sorry Stones fans but there it is. I love the Stones, their music rocks! I just don’t care to see them live, even for nostalgia sake. If I want to get really nostalgic pick up a DVD of 1972’s “Ladies and Gentlemen the Rolling Stones”, turn down the lights, crank up the sounds and take a little time trip back to the “Exile on Main Street” tour,  it is classic Stone’s, with incredible performances by Jagger and Richards.Now this is the Rolling Stones that I would have enjoyed seeing!  The concert footage includes not only songs from “Exile” but  from “Beggar’s Banquet,” “Let It Bleed” & “Sticky Fingers” as well.  believe me you will not be disappointed.This film proves why the stones are considered the best rock and roll band in the world!  Check it out. It’s much better than seeing them live and 70 and a heck of a lot cheaper too!

Back in November of 2011 when the Stones first announced that they would be doing a 50th anniversary tour I posted a blog about it calling it the “Fantastic Geriatric Tour.” what follows is a repost of that blog. Enjoy

JS

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“Rolling Stones Fantastic Geriatric Tour?  You’ve Got to be Kidding?”

Believe it or not, in a few short months the Rolling Stones will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of their formation in 1962. Fifty years of rocking n’ rolling and acting obscene! Unbelievable! Their first U.S. single “Not Fade Away” released in 1964 is the perfect maxim for this group who refuses to fade away quietly.

I was thirteen when their first album came out in May of 1964. the official title of the album was “England’s Newest Hit Makers.” How record executives arrived at such a funky title is a mystery, it sounded more like an advertisement for the group rather than an album title. Fans took to simply calling it “The Rolling Stones Album.” which is actually what it was called in England where it was first released. Despite the god awful title the album was big! A rhythmn and blues, soul and rock fusion, raw and packed with energy.

Then the Rolling Stones were on Ed Sullivan where the Beatles had premiered  several months earlier. Unlike the Beatles, they didn’t dress alike, have the same haircuts or have that clean, polished charm.  Three of the Stones wore suit jackets, two wore ties, and Mick Jagger wore a light colored sweater, they were a clash rather than a blend like the Beatles. Even Ed Sullivan made a comment later that the band looked unkempt and that there had been complaints about their untidy appearance and hair. He wasn’t certain he wanted them back, but as their popularity grew Ed changed his mind and had them back five more time.

The Rolling Stones were the anti-Beatles. Their scruffy, unkempt bawdiness became their trademark just as the Beatles Nehru jackets, ties, boots and mop tops became their’s. They were the bad boys of rock, diamonds in the rough, while the clean and polished Beatles were the diamonds. Early on the Stones tried the cutesy approach that worked so well for the Beatles complete with matching suits, ties and cheeriness. In this promotional photo from 1963, they look like every other band from Britain. In fact they kind of look like the Herman’s Hermits. Jagger  sort of resemble Peter Noone in the photo. But this definitely isn’t the Rolling Stones we grew to love. It was the bad boy, licentious image that we wanted. An image they created and have easily maintained for damn near 50 years.

So the big question is, will they really tour for their 50th anniversary? The last time they played together was 3 or 4 years ago. Guitarist Keith Richards has already announced that he, drummer Charlie Watts and guitarist Ronnie Wood are going to get together later this month to “touch base and play together a little.” Richards has also said he’d like to see original bassist Bill Wyman and guitarist Mick Taylor come by to jam. There’s still no word from Jagger who has been at odds with Richards since his book was released complete with some choice words about Jagger. Richards may certainly be sorry now for creating the rift as he would really like to make this happen. He hopes it will be a forerunner to a 50 year anniversary tour.  Rumor has it that Mick is seriously considering it. Word is he likes some of the idea being kicked around for an anniversary tour, such as performing entire albums. Can you imagine the Stones in Los Angeles doing Exile on Main St, Beggars Banquet, and Let It Bleed. it could work. Hell, Jagger and Richards have always been about the flash and spectacle, so maybe this tour will happen.  If not Keith will just have to remember, “You can’t always get what you want

There are tens of thousands of  Baby Boomers who’d be more than willing to fork over big bucks to see “the greatest rock and roll band in the world!”  The Economy be damned! Book it and they will come! Why? Nostalgia I guess. Personally I wouldn’t pay to see them now. In their prime? sure, but now? no way! Mick’s 68, Keith will be 68 next month,  drummer Charlie Watts is 70 for God sake! I know these guys are committed to ‘rock till they drop,’ but I don’t want to be there to see it.  I mean look at these guys would you pay to see them live? Not me, I think they should be happy just to be alive! I’d rather sit at home in front of the big screen and watch old Stone concerts on DVD. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see if the 50th Anniversary Tour flies. If it does, if there’s anyone who wants to turn me on to a ticket I wouldn’t refuse it. Hey! I said I wouldn’t pay to see them, I never said anything  about seeing them for free!

Just Saying…

JS

 

 

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