‘(I can’t get no) Satisfaction’, ‘Paint It Black’, ‘Start Me Up’, ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash’. Everyone will know or at least have heard one Rolling Stones song in their time. But is this farewell tour one tour too many, and is the cost too high?
Credit where credit’s due – The Rolling Stones have been around 50 years now, and created some of the greatest tracks of all time, produced a logo that is universally recognized and remain to many bands the inspiration behind their music. Now with a new track, ‘Doom and Gloom’, ready for the upcoming 4 date tour in London and New York City it’s time we ask ourselves: is this really necessary?
Now don’t get me wrong, I love the Stones. They remain an inspiration and the tracks will remain in musical history alongside Elvis and The Beatles. But I love the Stones of old, the rebel years, the days when Jagger could be mistaken for Alex from ‘A Clockwork Orange’ and the tracks could be used in every riot/protest – the famous hit Street Fighting Man to name but one.
Now we stare at an aged old foursome. Incredibly, they don’t stand statue-like, robotically playing the instruments with no flare or vibe. There’s the occasional arm raise from Keith, the wink and small jump from Ronnie, a drumstick twirl from Charlie and Mick dances around like it is 1973. For a man his age it’s remarkable…but also a tad embarrassing.
My main qualm with this ‘final’ tour is the price. As one of the richest bands in history, do they really need MORE money? With the cheapest ticket I managed to find being £400 and the most expensive in excess of £5000, it does seems a lot for a night of geriatric and at times embarrassing trips back in time. It also seems a lot for a band that has made so much out of record sales, the lips brand and ticket sales – all from us loyal fans. Would it really have hurt to make it a bit cheaper as a reward to the fans that put them where they are in history?
It makes you wonder what on earth the money is needed for. I find it hard to believe any of them are in desperate need of money. Being one of the most successful, global, and well established bands must pay more than the average job. Then consider the merchandise! It’s hard to set foot in a city without seeing at least one person in a Rolling Stone top. Shops are littered with t-shirts and jumpers displaying various images of the logo/band members. I myself own 3 and they weren’t cheap to buy I can assure you!
It’s a shame I’ll never actually see The Rolling Stones, I was born into the wrong decade and as a student I refuse to pay over £40 for a gig ticket, but at the same time, I’d rather have seen the rebel Mick, not the outdated, almost ridiculous karaoke singer he has become.