|Source: Daily Mail|
At 65, Ronnie Wood is the baby of the group. Mick Jagger is 69, Keith Richards 68, and the grand-daddy of them all Charlie Watts is 71. Half a century has passed since the Rolling Stones performed their first gig in 1962. To mark this milestone, the band has just embarked on their 50th anniversary tour with the first concert at the O2 Arena in London on 25 Nov.
|As they are now. (Source: Tribune)|
|Back then in 1962. (Source: Reuters)|
It's amazing that the Stones have lasted this long, and at their age, still wowing the crowds. Concert reviews have been positive:
"The Rolling Stones are back. They may look old, but they still sound young."
"...shows no sign of slowing down."
"...the band exceeded all expectations."
"...the Stones had somehow beaten the aging process."
From the Stones:
Mick Jagger: "It's amazing that we're still doing this, and it's amazing that you're still buying our records and coming to our shows. Thank you, thank you, thank you."
Keith Richards: "We made it. I'm happy to see you. I'm happy to see anybody."
That the Stones have survived drugs, scandals, break-ups, even arthritis is testimony of their staying power. To be sure, there are plenty of much older entertainers who are still around and performing. Tony Bennett, at 86, is still going strong, but it takes a lot of energy and stamina to be jumping and strutting on stage like Jagger or pounding the drums like Watts for a solid two and a half hours. Makes my bones ache just viewing the concert video!
No need to shout "Long live the Stones". They are already enjoying longevity!
So young then...in 1969.