It’s been a while since our last communication, Brothers and Sisters, but don’t let that lead you to believe we’ve shuttered the operation. Far from it. Once the decision came down earlier this year that there would be no Rolling Stones tour in 2012, we receded back into the shadows to play the waiting game once again. After ten years of quiet work, why stop now? Besides, it’s just getting good.
However, a funny thing happened on our way to the shadows. In their statement to the public about the future the band, multiple sources within the Rolling Stones Organization voiced an option for alternative ways of touring, to wit:
A top concert-business source confirms the reservations over Richards’ condition. “They don’t want to do a full tour,” he says. “They don’t want to travel, and there are concerns about Keith’s health.” A more likely scenario would see the band camping out for multinight runs in arenas, similar to Prince’s recent stands in New York and Los Angeles. “For example, they’d do 10 nights at MSG, 10 nights at Staples, 10 nights at London’s O2 arena,” the source adds.
The Stones are already considering offers: The band asked for proposals from promoters AEG, Live Nation and longtime Stones promoter Michael Cohl. “We’re drilling down on this new proposal,” says the source. (Rolling Stone 3.29.12)
While it’s impossible at this time to take direct credit for this surprising turn of events, it’s encouraging news to the RSLF that our hard work might be paying off. Promising as it may be, the Rolling Stones can go even farther with this “new proposal” instead of ten nights at the 02 Arena, why not twenty nights at The Royal Albert Hall? Smaller venues are a must. Scale it back!
But that argument is for another time as a new development has reared its ugly head. In place of a 2012 tour, the band decided to celebrate their 50th anniversary with…another greatest-hits release. Their seventeenth, by our count. Seventeenth. Five of these greatest hits compilations for a recording group is ample, or: one for each decade of work. Ten is overkill. Anything beyond that is downright criminal.
The biggest band in the world seems determined now more than ever to embrace the corrupt idealism of the record industry by fleecing the public, offering up a collection of songs we all already own; some of us may’ve already bought these songs seventeen times. It’s a shell game! It’s a sham! The RSLF condemns the release of GRRR! and this kind of flagrant opportunisms using the loyal fan’s undying love and lack of resolve as the primary target.
Oh, but stop the presses: we stand corrected! The Rolling Stones Organization obviously knows how cynical of a release this release is so they’ve included two new songs recorded in August of this year to further entice the buyer into the trap and further hoodwinking them into forking over hard-earned money. This is just latest act of vampirism and we will not let it go unnoticed!
No more blood upon the necks of the weak and easily persuaded collectors market!
No more rock ‘n roll aristocracy!
No more duping the public out of their hard earned Dollars, Euros, Yen, Rubles and whatever the North Koreans are using these days (bullets?).
Will this tactic of sliding new songs into this latest compilation increase interest? Definitely. Is it the right thing to do? Definitely not. With its incredibly garish artwork and the appropriate title: GRRR!, the Rolling Stones Fanbase must try to cede to this latest victimization.
Brothers and Sisters, it’s these backhanded, selfish, money grubbing stunts which lay at the heart of our desire. Can there be no greater reason for the RSLF to exist? Lay down your weary tune and ignore this latest collection of pre-previously released material and instead save up your money for next year’s rumored tour.
Better yet, instead of buying GRRR!, the RSLF strongly suggests you purchase a copy of Johnny Thunders And The Heartbreakers debut release from 1977, LAMF (available on LP, CD, cassette from Jungle Records), one of the best bands to carry on that raw, primal sound that the Stones might not’ve invented but certainly perfected and modernized it for their times. The Heartbreakers took it and ran. Underneath the druggy overtures and punk bravado, this music is haunted by the same ghosts which fly through the Stones finest work. The ragged and simplistic, good-time-for-all, go-for-broke phantoms of Little Richard, Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent, Wanda Jackson, T-Bone Walker, Johnny Burnett Trio, Janis Martin, pre-Army Elvis, Jerry Lee, Johnny Guitar Watson, Joe Clay….rock’n roll is a celebration and the Heartbreakers are it!
Indeed! Rock ‘n Roll is a celebration more than it is a business and if the release of GRRR! is any indication, The Rolling Stones Organization will be up to their old generic tricks yet again for this possible 2013 tour. The RSLF will be there to see that the show does not go on as planned. No more same old, same old! We demand lower ticket prices! We demand smaller venues! No more inflatables and unnecessary light shows! Let’s hear some more current songs and to hell with the greatest hits. To hell with the 1960’s! Out with the really old and in with the somewhat new!
The chant is rising again from the every corner of Stones’ loving countries: CUT IT BACK, CUT THE FAT!
The RSLF sits in the shadows waiting; it’s our word against theirs. The love of capital gains vs. the love of simplified Rock ‘n Roll. Who will get the last laugh? It’s our world against theirs.
Brothers and Sisters, in the name of Sister Rosetta Tharpe, get yer ya-ya‘s out! All power to the RSLF and long live The Rolling Stones!