Reaching a golden anniversary of exceptional music and creative collaboration is a standard too steep to climb for just about every other act on the planet, yet, The Rolling Stones are still lording it over at 50 years – enduring, timeless and still exposing their lungs out in each and every performance.
“50 & Counting” is the latest of the Rolling Stones’ concert tours which started last November 25, 2012 at The O2 Arena in London, continuing with a series of concerts in the US and then culminating with two electrifying performances at Hyde Park, London in July 6 & 13, 2013 – their first since 1969 and was met with a wild throng of 100,000 screaming fans. The tour celebrated the 50 great years of Rolling Stone music with stunning live renditions of their timeless classics such as “Start Me Up”, “(I Can Get No) Satisfaction” and “Paint it Black”. Also, the concert series was highlighted by former members Mick Taylor and Bill Wyman joining in for a few shows at Hyde Park to celebrate their contributions to illustrious musical history of the Rolling Stone.
A live album of The Rolling Stones’ historic Hyde Park concerts titled Hyde Park Live was exclusively released via digital downloads at iTunes and was widely received by online fans peaking at no.19 in the US and no.16 in the UK. A live DVD and Blu-Ray of the same concert is also due for a release this November 11, 2013 titled Sweet Summer Sun – Hyde Park Live.
Now, there is still much speculation about what lies ahead in 2014 for The Rolling Stones. Rumor has it that the group was being seriously eyed by Australian promoters to perform live at the recently refurbished 70,000-seat capacity Adelaide Oval in the first quarter of 2014. If the negotiation pushes through, this could mark the first Rolling Stone concert in Adelaide since 1995, and surely, Adelaide fans are edgy this early for the wait.
Sources say that the Government of South Australia would be willing to pay The Rolling Stones “several million dollars at least” for the inaugural concert with reports also tossing up names like Brice Springsteen and Foo Fighters lining up for the event. All are still muddy though as what will transpire during the following months would be decisive for what could be a promising for these Rock and Roll Immortals. Keep your fingers crossed though.