Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are both approaching their big seven-ohs. Charlie Watts is already a septuagenarian (yep, actually a word), and Ron Wood is in his late 60s. So, with the Rolling Stones having completed their 50 & Counting Tour of the U.S. Monday night (June 26) in Washington, D.C., we wondered, could this be the last time the Stones will tour big? Just how long are they planning on going with this “and counting” bit?
Radio.com went to the show Monday, and before the show started, we asked some of the fans what they thought: Are the Stones going to retire or keep touring?
Above: The Biciocchi sisters, Lea and Angela, were attending their first Stones concert; they said that it was now or never. “I believe they’ll retire,” Lea said. “I just feel like, at their age, this will be the last time.” The ladies noted that they were hoping to hear “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” “Paint It Black,” “Brown Sugar,” “Gimme Shelter” and “(I Can’t Got No) Satisfaction.”
Above: Sisters Alexandra and Katie KaFararke were also seeing the Stones for the first time. Alexandra took her last final of the semester at the North Carolina State earlier in the day, picked up her younger sister, and drove north to D.C. “It’s my first time seeing the Stones,” Katie said. “Our family loves classic rock, so I kind of got brought up with it.” She wanted to hear “19th Nervous Breakdown,” which, unfortunately didn’t make the setlist. Is this the last time? “I hope not!”
Above: The Floyd family (Julie, Megan and Michael) have seen the Stones a number of times. Megan’s first show was on the 1997/1998 Bridges To Babylon Tour: “I missed school for the show!” Michael’s first time was in the 1978 on the Some Girls tour. “They played the whole album, which they hadn’t released yet!” So, will this be the last time? “No! What else are they going to do?” (Oh, I don’t know, roll around in a pile of money every night just because they can?)
— Brian Ives, Radio.com
All photos by Maria Ives for Radio.com