The 2020s

My brain stopped telling me: Youíre getting older around 30. I remember my 40th birthday, my 50th, milestones, but even then I was like: Iím not 40Ö 72? Forget about it!
- Ron Wood, February 2020


The larger point, really, is ó in the short, medium, and long term ó how is everyone that performs live going to function in the future? We donít know. In Europe, weíve had small-scale concerts. Weíve had socially-distanced concerts. You can see (concerts) starting in some parts of the world ó New Zealand, Australia and so on. ButÖ as far as the U.S. is concerned, we donít really know what the future holds. So many people are out of work, losing money. Is it ever going to be the same again? Will it be always different? We just donít know at the moment.

We might be playing to very few people. Even though we might be lucky enough to have sold tickets, we might not be able to play to them all at once.

- Mick Jagger, August 2020, on the effects of the coronavirus pandemic


Letís hope so. And I hope to celebrate with as many of us as possible. Look on the bright side - one has to do that, you know?... I hope weíre all there, man. Itís something to look forward to.
- Keith Richards, August 2020, asked if the Stones will celebrate their 60th anniversary onstage in 2022


This year Iím turning 77 for Chrissake. I know it, I donít give a shit. Iím very proud of it. And Iím still trying to know myself a bit better. But things change as you know, as you go on. Nothingís static.
- Keith Richards, September 2020


Itís a big guess (when we perform again), isnít it? I think people are hoping that in some countriesÖ each country is going to be slightly different... Maybe in England, at the end of the summer, beginning of the autumn might be good?

Definitely (weíll do it if we have the opportunity). In a way, we kind of have to Ďcause weíd (laughs) signed up we were going to do an American tour, you know, last year, and we sold the ticketsÖ And I donít think we can do that exact tour because it wonít be the exact time. But I think weíre pretty much committed to having to do something like that. So I thinkÖ things will be somewhere near normal by the end of the summer. Letís hope anyway.

- Mick Jagger, April 2021
Iíve been asked that question since I was 31. And your answer is the same. I donít know. I mean, anything could happen. You know, if things are good next year and everyoneís feeling good about touring, Iím sure weíll do shows. Iím just trying to concentrate on this tour now.
- Mick Jagger, September 2021, asked if the current tour will be the last

I got a feeling that weíre just tickling the surface here. Weíre seeing another unexploded mine. Itís got a lot of time on it.
- Ron Wood, September 2021


Who can wrap their head around 60 fucking years (laughs)? It all seems impossible that it's been that long.
- Keith Richards, March 2022

If I did that, I wouldn't come up with an answer and then I'd be always thinking about it, you know? Tomorrow? No. July the 5th, 2025? (Laughs) I'll find out the hard way.
- Keith Richards, March 2022, asked if he ever asks himself how long he can do it

I'm not planning it to be the last tour. I love being on tour.
- Mick Jagger, April 2022, about the upcoming European tour

Rock & roll, or any kind of pop music honestly, isnít supposed to be done when youíre in your seventies. It wasnít designed for that. Doing anything high-energy at this age is really pushing it. But that makes it even more challenging. So itís, like, OK, weíve got to fucking do this right, but itís got to be as full-on as possible.
- Mick Jagger, May 2022

We already had some stuff cut with Charlie. It should be coming next year.
- Keith Richards, May 2022, on the next Stones album

We're working now to finish off the studio album that we've been working on for years... We're finishing off in L.A. in a couple of weeks' time... And you will be seeing us live again next year, hopefully, too.
- Ron Wood, October 2022

Theyíre both big numbers. Oneís more than the other one.

- Mick Jagger, August 2023, asked about 80 feeling different than 70

You can have a posthumous business now, canít you? You can have a posthumous tour. The technology has really moved on since the ABBA thing...

- Mick Jagger, August 2023, asked about the Rolling Stones' business outliving him

What the fuck am I doing? Iím 80 (sic) years old and playing rock & roll (laughs)... I donít think about age or anything at all.
- Keith Richards, August-September 2023

Getting old is new territory. As long as I can hang and play, personally I feel like I'm 40 or 50. But let's not push our luck, right? Mick and I are both very physically strong. But I don't want to make a big deal out of it. I'd feel differently about my age if I woke up in the morning, and my leg fell off. Whoops! Something's wrong here! Otherwise, it's not something that's on my mind.
- Keith Richards, August-September 2023

People have been saying that for 40 years (laughs). That is one of the weird things like, What the hell are you doing here at this age? And the only answer is This is what I do.
- Keith Richards, August-September 2023, asked if Hackney Diamonds is the last Rolling Stones album

I donít think itís the last Rolling Stones album. Weíve got almost three-quarters through the next one.
- Mick Jagger, August-September 2023

Without anybody croaking or breaking a leg in the next year, I wouldnít be surprised at all (if we toured).

- Keith Richards, August-September 2023

We plan to keep working. I know we're going to work next year.

- Keith Richards, August-September 2023

As you get older you lose a lot of friends. And not only friends. Itís pretty weird because -  OK theyíre not friends of yours necessarily but there are people that have been in your life whether theyíre musicians or that you've admired or actors or wherever they are but lots of people of your age group, or generation you might said, have all gone. Which is why I think I think I've got a lot of friends that (laughs) aren't in my age group. I donít just want to hang out with younger people but a lot of the people in my generation are no longer here to hang out with what am I going to do?... (I)it doesnít get easier at all. Thereís a lot of people around your age, theyíre dying all the time. I donít have any friends older than me, only one. Apart from the band, all my friends are much younger.

- Mick Jagger, September 2023

So far, I have no real problem with getting old. There are some horrific things that you can see in the future, but youíve got to get there. Iím getting along with the idea of being 80, and still walking, still talking. I find (ageing) a fascinating process. But then if you didnít, you might as well commit suicide.Ē

- Keith Richards, September 2023

We just are pioneers in a way that no one's done 60 years of rock and roll, ever.
- Ron Wood, September 2023

How long can you really do it? Itís like asking: how long can someone go on playing (cricket) for England? Not long, is usually the answer. I do think about it. But I write all the time. Youíve just got to keep writing, and now everyone (in the band) can see they can record quite easily.
- Mick Jagger, September 2023

We're all in good fettle. We're not looking at each other and saying, time's up... Of course it's going to end some time, but there's no particular rush. We're having great fun doing this.

- Keith Richards, October 2023

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