Keith Richards is being quoted as saying that the Rolling Stones have met for a few rehearsals and are thinking about touring to celebrate the band’s 50th anniversary together.
Sad, isn’t it? It’s embarrassing to even contemplate a bunch of 70-year-olds preening and prancing on stage, trying to live up to their old tag line of being “the world’s greatest rock ‘n’ roll band.” Of course, that description hasn’t been accurate for a very long time. It’s been decades since the Stones have released a meaningful studio album, and they’re not really relevant to modern music, except for the enormous contribution they made back in the ’60s and ’70s.
As the linked article indicates, the Stones’ last tour, in 2007, was hugely profitable — in fact, for several years it held the record as the most profitable tour of all time. Could they possibly have squandered all that money already, and be desperate for a paycheck? Do they honestly think that since, say, 1977, anyone has gone to a Rolling Stones concert to hear their new music? How many times can these guys play I Can’t Get No Satisfaction and Gimme Shelter?
The Rolling Stones aren’t, and shouldn’t be, like Styx or Kansas or any of the other sad “legacy” bands that need to hit up their diehard fans every summer for a few concert bucks. The Stones produced some of the greatest rock music ever released in the ’60s and ’70s. Why not let that body of work stand, without being further tarnished by lame geriatric tours and pathetic tell-all books?