Comment: Too Rolling Stoned?
Mick and Keef: No Stone Unchurned
The Rolling Stones are threatening to unleash another round of overpriced live nostalgia in 2012.
While there has been no official announcement, some bum-biting between greed merchants has tipped the hat.
In 1987, I was as stoked as the next cat to see a legend I never expected to, yet hypocritically, I even threw down my own ageist barbs at the Steel Wheel Chairs tour.
The thought of ancient 40-year-olds playing anywhere outside of a Holiday Inn lounge or a casino was then foreign, especially to someone in his or her teens or 20s, so you have to give the Glimmer Twins some props for shattering that notion.
Point made and point taken.
Now, 24 years later, please, make it stop.
"The Stones have nothing new to add at this point, except zeroes to their bank accounts (from zeroes in their audience)"
The punk in me always liked the bad-boy posturing of the band; however, this stance is getting very old in terms of what precious little props it up.
Louche and unregenerative, the Stones have nothing new to add at this point, except zeroes to their bank accounts (from zeroes in their audience).
Having become very conservative, they churn out the same old hits-filled set they almost always have; the only thing they change with each successive tour is adjusting the ticket prices further upward.
The success of their tours is now measured by commence, not musical quality or critical acclaim.
Keef, Mick, Charlie, please show some economic empathy in these times and celebrate your anniversary like most couples your age – privately with a cheap bottle of wine followed by the usual, half-hearted and predictable fucking of each other.
Take a night or year or decade off from the usual, half-hearted and predictable fucking of your fans and sponsors.
Yes, kudos for showing old people capable.
Now raise the bar and show old people capable of more than regurgitation and repeating themselves.
Make going through the motions a private matter like it should be and once was.
--Chris "Gutter" Rose