The Rolling Stones have been back in the news with rumours circulating that the band are set to tour again in 2011. Keith Richards hinted at this prospect in interviews in late 2010 but these new rumours have came about due to a court case going on at the moment. The case revolves a contractual dispute between Live Nation and their former chairman but part of the case centred on who would have the rights to the forthcoming Rolling Stones tour.
A spokesperson for the band quickly intimated that the act had no plans for touring in 2011 but it once again brings to mind the longevity of the band. There may only be three original members of the group left in the act, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Charlie Watts but considering the fact that Ronnie Wood has well over 30 years worth of experience in the band, it would be wrong to classify him as a newcomer. The first question revolves around how can the Rolling Stones keep on performing?
How is Keith still alive?
Most people in the 60s and 70s would have been stunned if you told them Richards would still be alive in 2011, let alone making music and touring the world playing gigs. Some bands have a mythology about them with regards to the rock n roll lifestyle but you get the impression that there are many great stories about the Stones that have been forgotten over the years.
The money obviously helps in providing an impetus in getting back on the road but it is not as if any member of the Stones is so hard up for cash. Their back catalogue would be enough to provide enough income through royalties to have a comfortable lifestyle so it must be something else.
Playing live can feel like a drug for performers
The idea that the buzz of playing on stage is like a drug to performers is probably the real answer why the Stones keep on touring, even at times when they do not have a new album to perform. Knowing that you can walk on a stage virtually anywhere in the world and play in front of tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of people each night must be a massive boost to the ego, which is no doubt another reason why the Stones keep plugging on.
The thing about The Stones is that so many acts that have played on the same bill with them have reformed to great publicity and hype but even though The Stones have never really went away at any point, the demand and fervour around them stays the same. In fact, the only way The Rolling Stones could create a bigger demand in their shows would be if they were to announce that they were retiring and their next tour was to be their last. The only thing is, who would believe that?
You get the feeling that for as long as they remain able to play, the Rolling Stones will never rule out the possibility of playing live. Whether it happens in 2011 or now who knows but you can expect The Stones to not fade away anytime soon.