Rolling Stones hit NY for 50th anniversary gig
NEW YORK (AP) - "Time Waits for No One," the Rolling Stones sang in 1974, but lately it's seemed like that grizzled quartet does indeed have some sort of exemption from the ravages of time.
At an average age of 68-plus years, the British rockers are clearly in fighting form, sounding tight, focused and truly ready for the spotlight at a rapturously received pair of London concerts last month.
On Saturday, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts hit New York for the first of three US shows on their "50 and Counting" mini-tour, marking a mind-boggling half-century since the band first began playing its unique brand of blues-tinged rock.
And the three shows - Saturday's at the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn, then two in Newark, New Jersey, on Dec 13 and 15 - aren't the only big dates on the agenda. Next week the Stones join a veritable who's who of British rock royalty and US superstars at the blockbuster 12-12-12 Superstorm Sandy benefit concert at Madison Square Garden.