How I Overcame Disappointment And Renewed My Enthusiasm For The Stones
Date: May 30, 2006 20:21
A month ago, I was seriously burned out on the Stones. Between them playing the same 15 songs every night (in a 20 song setlist) and their increasingly crass and money-grubbing ticketing/merchandising shenanigans, I felt they were losing some of their integrity. It's hard to keep up a fanatical level of devotion to a band when you start to suspect that their top priority these days is playing the safest, easiest setlist possible, then selling you a T-shirt and a bottle of Stones wine for $150 on your way out of the venue.
I needed a break from the Stones; it was fun talking about them all the time when I was enjoying the tour reports (and the two concerts I went to), but it became not-so-fun to talk about them all the time when every new tour report was a source of disappointment for me, my reaction invariably being - "oh great, the same 15 songs again. How adventerous."
So I took a break for a little while; I have been posting on the Dusty Springfield message board under the userid sonofapreacherman. Just kidding! But it is amazing how effective taking a breather has been. Although I will probably be disappointed by some setlists, etc., again, I'm not going to take it so hard I can't enjoy following the tour or discussing the band. I think I've put it all in perspective. It's only rock 'n' roll, after all! (But I like it).
I used to scoff at the notion that "we're just lucky the band is still around and iable to put on some great shows (even if they all have the same 15 songs)." But I'm leaning more toward that view now. It's amazing these guys are even alive, much less performing. And some of the shows on this tour have been pretty fantastic. At this point, I'm content to take what I can get while I can get it. And after that, bring on the archival releases!