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

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