Thus far in 2012, we’re seeing plenty of classic acts in music still doing tours in a big way. The notables include the just-announced RUSH Clockwork Angels Tour, Van Halen, The Beach Boys, Roger Waters (of Pink Floyd fame), Aerosmith, Neil Diamond, Bryan Adams…..the list can go on and on. But for all the acts that are still going, I can’t help but notice that The Rolling Stones aren’t on that list. There are reports that we may see Mick Jagger and the boys at the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Summer Games in London, but it’s hard not to wonder whether us Northwest music fans will see The Rolling Stones in concert again.
Any true Stones fan knows what I’m talking about when I mention ‘A-Train’, the jazzy intro piped over the P.A. system just before the MC says those words we’ve all been anxiously waiting for ever since we skipped school and drove down the I-5:
Please welcome The Rolling Stones!
*enter a fist-pumping Mick Jagger belting out “Under My Thumb”.
That was back in 1981; the Stones were on their ‘Tattoo You’ tour, it was well worth the $16 ticket price and subsequent suspension from the school soccer team for missing a game.
Move forward 13 years, the Voodoo Lounge Tour hit Vancouver for 2 dates in 1994, then again in 2006 as part of the Bigger Bang tour. Now I know they average coming to the Pacific Northwest every 12 or so years but they’re getting old, really old. In fact, they are celebrating their 50 year anniversary this year so I’m saying lets get the petition started and bring them back before it’s too late so we can hear that familar jazz line followed by “Please welcome The Rolling Stones!” one last time.
What are some bands or musicians of decades past that you’d like to see on stage one more time?