The Rolling Stones have extended their, ‘No Filter’ tour with 11 new dates in the U.K., Ireland, Germany, France, the Czech Republic and Poland. The upcoming leg, which includes a pair of London dates at London Stadium and Twickenham Stadium, launches May 17th in Dublin and concludes July 8th in Warsaw.
The Rolling Stones 2018 Tour Dates
May 17 – Dublin, Ireland @ Croke Park
May 22 – London, U.K. @ London Stadium
June 5 – Manchester, U.K. @ Old Trafford Football Stadium
June 9 – Edinburgh, U.K. @ BT Murrayfield Stadium
June 15 – Cardiff, U.K. @ Principality Stadium
June 22 – Berlin, Germany @ Olympic Stadium
June 26 – Marseille, France @ Orange Velodrome
June 30 – Stuttgart, Germany @ Mercedes Benz Arena
July 4 – Prague, Czech Republic @ Letnany Airport
July 8 – Warsaw, Poland @ National Stadium
Time doesn’t seem apply to the Rolling Stones like it does to mere mortals. Their endurance is quite confounding — over the 56 years this band has been around, presidents have changed, wars have been won and lost, and the music business has changed to a level where it’s hard to see its blurry future.
That continuing supremacy is an unbelievable triumph, and it also has a distorting effect.
In their pomp during the late 60s and early 70s, the Stones were a dark force of blues R&B, which they owned, that made them into something murky, decadent, ironic yet their own. However, after that time more mediocre music than decent became the norm and they became what some people see as caricatures of themselves with cabaret overtones. For that reason every tour, certainly over the last twenty years, has been tagged with, “they are past it”, “Greedy Dinosaurs’’, ‘’Bands like this do not allow the new bands to come through’’, and other such headlines.
It pisses me off then when so called music magazines run articles on how extortionate the Rolling Stones 2018 tour is, but remain silent at the say the cost of Eminem’s tickets (Which are 50% more expensive). There has long been a musical snobbery at play, especially with the Stones. There’s a seeming refusal to accept any artistic credibility post ‘Exile on Main St.’, a refusal to accept growing up disgracefully, or otherwise is permissible for anyone other than ‘Genuine-Delta-Bluesmen®’, that by playing arena’s, rather than small poky subterranean bars, makes the music less authentic. Balls to them. Let’s celebrate Keith and the crew whilst they’re still here, still touring with gusto, and occasionally sober.
In all likelihood, the band’s most recent studio album, the all-blues cover effort Blue & Lonesome, is going to be its last. It’s been 12 years since the previous one, and Mick, Keith, and Charlie are north of 70 years old. Guitarist Ronnie Wood, who joined up in 1976, is the youngster at 69. At some point, time is going to do to them what time always does.
Over the last few years many music fans have been left feeling an absence after the deaths of such greats as Bowie, Lemmy, Young, Smith and far too many others. The sense of loss has been in some cases collective, shared beyond former tribal genre boundaries, you didn’t have to be a fan of Motörhead to feel loss and a sense of your own faded youthful rebellion on hearing of Lemmy’s passing. Of course there is the tragic irony when most of the more general public praise comes after the deaths, rather than in the artists life. This has often been the case with artists.
Is now the time to forgive that last period, and rejoice a band that has recorded over 373 songs, and in their own way entertained millions of people all over the world? I cannot see a band ever having such longevity again. In so many ways the music world has become a drab safe world, where only pop mediocrity breaks into our mainstream. Is it time for us to put on with pride, the Stones T-shirt, that you can buy from Primark for a fiver?