When the tickets for the forthcoming Rolling Stones concert went on sale, we thought that over £400 for the best tickets was a bit steep; and even the cheapest seats were around £150, but we wish we had been quick enough to buy some. Now if you want to buy a ticket for a decent seat you will need to pay around £5,000 and even poor seats cost around £400.
We haven’t quite given up hope though, but in order to raise the money we do need to sell some stuff. For my part I am trying to sell my macbook pro and my better half is also selling some things she no longer needs, but until I really do sell my mac I can only hope that ticket prices don’t increase any further, though they are sure to do so.
In the meantime we have been looking at the history of the Stones and listening to some of their really great albums and tracks. Our all time favourite is “Let it Bleed” which was released in 1969, and on that album is our all time favourite track, “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”. I will never forget the first time I heard it. A friend with an amazing sound system gave me his headphones and put on the track at high volume. I had never heard anything quite like it.
It starts with the heavenly voices of the London Back Choir singling the introduction, then there is that fantastic chord followed by the wonderful rasping voice of Mick Jagger coming in with “I saw her today at a reception, A glass of wine in her hand…” pure magic.
“Sticky Fingers” is also one of their greatest ever albums, and to my mind the digitally re-mastered version, although great, does not quite match up to the original vinyl which I am lucky enough to have and which is in almost mint condition. Favourite tracks on there are “Wild Horses” and “Brown Sugar”.
Our other favourite tracks are the very romantic “Angie” (Angie, Angie, when will those clouds all disappear?) and of course the iconic “(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction” which includes one of the most memorable of all Rolling Stones riffs.
Well, perhaps we still might get to see them live. Even though Jagger is looking rather wizened, he still has plenty of energy. We just need to sell some stuff first.