The Rolling Stones have created a lavish, over-priced celebration of themselves at the Saatchi Gallery. It’s hard not to love them for it.”>
LONDON Were greeted by a wall of screens pulsing with Mick Jaggers trademark strut and snatches of the great Rolling Stones riffs and licks.
The footage at the start of Exhibitionism, a massive gallery show devoted to the Rolling Stones in London, begins with an early 60s gig; Jagger is shirtless and throwing buckets of water over a tiny, bouncing crowd. It ends with their long-overdue and triumphant Glastonbury debut in 2013.
My mother was a schoolgirl dancing at the front when the Stones bloomed from raucous pub band into rock n roll powerhouseshe and her classmates even gathered to help film an early promo.
Half a century later, it was my turn to witness music history at firsthand during what the founder of Glastonbury would later describe as the festivals all-time greatest set.
Spanning London generations with the very same epic tunes, the Rolling Stones have bettered or outlasted every rock n roll band to set foot on stage. One of the great constants of British life is Jagger and co. swaggering off with our money.
Their latest ruse may be the best yet: a magnificent and bombastic retrospective exhibition with exorbitant ticket prices ready to be rolled out for a global money-making tour.
Decades of stadium shows have made millions, but with the band members now heading into their mid-70s; they have struck upon a wheeze that will keep the crowds rolling in while they sit back in their expensively upholstered armchairs.