Rolling Stones: Five reasons to still care

So the Rolling Stones are headed to New Zealand again, with the announcement of an Australasian tour next year.

Just in case young music fans are wondering why there's still a fuss over dad's - or grandad's - favourite band, here are five reasons to care:

1. LIVING HISTORY: Elvis Presley is dead. The Beatles will never perform again. The Who is down to two originals. Membership of rock's Greatest Generation is fading. The Stones, like Bob Dylan and Paul McCartney, are links to a special time in music history, and you can still see them in concert.

2. LIVE BAND: They'll never admit it, but deep down the Stones surely know they haven't made memorable new music in decades. They have, however, kept their chops and deliver the songs you want to hear with power and precision. You can't find a better Stones tribute band.

3. KEITH RICHARDS: There was a time when Keith was a menace to society, a walking advertisement of the evils of drugs. Now he's a beloved figure, humanised by one of rock's best biographies and the model for Johnny Depp's Captain Jack Sparrow character in the Pirates of the Caribbean series. He's your cool, crazy uncle. He plays a pretty decent guitar, too.

4. CHARLIE'S FACE: There's no better facial expression in rock 'n' roll than the bemused one worn by drummer Charlie Watts as he takes in the madness around him.

Watch Watts when Mick Jagger does a particularly audacious chicken strut.

5. COULD IT BE THE LAST TIME? These men are in surprisingly good shape for the years of hard living. But Richards is turning 70 this year, the same age as Mick. Watts will be 72 in June. Reality is catching up. Probably even before they expect it, they'll be singing The Last Time for the last time.


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