We’ve all been to concerts by classic artists where the frontman acts excited about playing a song from the new album, even as we make our way to the bathroom and concession stands. However, Mick Jagger has admitted that there’s virtually no point in trying to work the two new Rolling Stones songs into the set, because the fans don’t want to hear them.
“It would be nice to have a new album, but people don’t like the new album when you play it on stage,” Jagger told USA Today. “They glumly look at you. ‘OK, it will be over in a minute.’ It’s not a good excuse, but it’s the truth and has to be said.”
Jagger has been working on the setlist for the upcoming Stones tour. He finds it to be a difficult balance in catering to the fans’ wishes for their favorites while throwing in a few lesser known gems from their rich and diverse catalog.
“I worry a lot,” he continued. “You see that post, ‘I hope they do ‘Wild Horses,” and then we do some obscure ballad, perhaps not brilliantly. Then you see, ‘It was really good, that obscure ballad, but actually I wanted them to do ‘Wild Horses.” We have so many ballads and we only do a couple in a show. I do think we’ll do one or two obscurities.”
Naturally, Keith Richards disagrees, and hopes that the current tour will spark some creative juices for the Stones, who have managed to record only two songs since 2005, a fact that seems to disappoint Richards.
“The time to record a band is once they’ve been on the road a while so they’re hot,” Richards said. “We’ll think about that while we’re doing this. The world needs more Stones records. So do I.”
-Ultimate Classic Rock