When a band has entered its fifth decade and its name is virtually synonymous with rock ‘n’ roll, it needs no introduction. The Rolling Stones are the Stones. And “Forty Licks,” released this year to mark the band’s 40th anniversary, is simply a collection of their hits. “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” “Let’s Spend the Night Together,” “Start Me Up” — they’re all classics. Oh yeah, there are also four new tracks. Any questions?
Thursday’s press event at the Four Seasons Hotel in Tokyo to kick off the Japan leg of the “Forty Licks” world tour was, therefore, despite its rather stuffy venue, appropriately “loose” and the audience unsurprisingly reverential. An hour late? No problem, that’s just “the Rolling Stones’ style,” as one of the more visibly enthusiastic (and curiously barefoot) rock journos asserted. (A further delay actually received applause by virtue of its messenger — a self-identified band rep).
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