The Stones are coming to the boonies! Yes, tonight in Bergen, a hick town somewhere in Europe, a 1960's rock band will be performing for 20,000 Norwegians, hopefully not in the rain. The venue is an old fort, right behind Håkonshallen.
This week our local radio station has interviewed a few local public figures about their relationship with the music of the Rolling Stones. Which had me thinking about what I think about them.
I'm a little too young to truly appreciate the change in music the Stones represented at the time. They were rawer than the Beatles and weren't the sort of thing nice people listened to. My childhood awareness of them was mainly due to jokes involving them and the road sign "Falling Rocks" (the latter were apparantly performing all over California).
I was reminded today of the first Stones song I heard, which was "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" on Radio Luxembourg. I thought the song was kind of cool, but it never became a favorite back then. No, the first time I heard a Stones song that I actually wanted to have in my collection, came courtesy of the Whoopi Goldberg movie "Jumpin' Jack Flash" and the Stones number it was named after. As I've gotten older, I appreciate the Stones more, because they no longer sound raw and bad to my ears. Certainly not compared to a lot of what came after them.
But I'm not going to the concert, though I sort of want to, since it is such an Event for us. I mean, it's the Stones, man!