I’ve gone months without hearing even one word about rock and roll elders, The Rolling Stones, but this week I’ve heard them mentioned twice. They must be calling to me, subliminally implanting the idea to be included in Wayback Wednesday. YA THINK?
Frontman Mick recently celebrated his 70th birthday, and, according to this article, the band is possibly planning an upcoming tour. A FREAKING TOUR. Can you imagine the sheer numbers of vitamins and other stimulants those guys will have to pop to survive that road trip? I mean, I’m all for the elderly staying active and vital, but these guys are not your typical grandpas. They were known for tour excesses, and I’m sure that took its toll on their bodies. There’s a reason Keith Richards was chosen to play Depp’s dad in those pirate movies, and it wasn’t cuz he was super cute.
Who’s going to plop down big bucks to see these guys anyway? You know it’ll be big bucks, and they are far, far past their prime.
Way back when I was young-un, there were Beatles people and there were Stones people, and I always camped in the Beatles tent. This is not to say that I despised the Stones, but they just didn’t appeal to me as much, so, of course, my Stones collection is teensy. In fact, I own no albums at all. SHOCKER. I did own some cassettes, which are now dead to me. (Both my tape player and my turntable remain in working order, but unattached to the stereo system in my basement.) I have laced my mp3 collection with some Stones tunes by borrowing cds from my town’s library and ripping a smattering of favorite tunes, even though the legality of such action may be questionable.
For our wayback trip today, we’ll visit an early cut from 1964, a cover of Willie Dixon’s blues classic, I Just Want To Make Love To You, which sped up the slow tempo of previously recorded versions of the song, followed by one of my favorite Stones tunes, Brown Sugar, from 1971’s Sticky Fingers album. Enjoy the ride!
Now take your vitamins, so you can keep up with Mick and the gang.