The Rolling Stones playing a packed crowd at the 02 Arena
Let’s dive right into some rock in roll news this Wednesday morning, shall we? Looks like those darn kids over at the Rolling Stones got into some trouble this weekend for playing that crazy rock and roll music past curfew – maybe someone should finally tell Mick that he’s not 22 anymore?
Of course, I kid, but anyways, The Sun is reporting that the Rolling Stones are facing a possible £200,000 ($320,000 USD) fine for violating local curfew during their “50 & Counting” tour kick off show at London’s 02 Arena this past Sunday in front of a packed crowd of 20,000 fans.
The Stones entertained the crowd with a 2-hour plus set that included hits from every decade of their lengthy career. The only problem was that Sunday’s show was scheduled to end by 10:30pm and due to the fact that the show itself began 30 minutes later than expected, the concert did not end until 11:05 pm.
“It means a big fine - but the guys just do their thing," said Bernard Doherty, the band's agent. "There wasn't a janitor standing there, jangling his keys, saying, 'I want to go home'."
Well, there you go. No janitor jangling keys – the show must go on! But in all seriousness, that’s a pretty hefty fine for 30 minutes of music. I would say it’s just them older senior citizen folk who don’t get rock and roll but they’re pretty much their peers now! I guess some things never change.
I’m sure they have plenty of cash to cover the fine considering how vocal concert goers have been about the sky high ticket prices for the Stones concert.
And speaking of which, they will be playing a second night at the 02 Arena on Thursday before finally heading over our way here in the States for three more shows beginning with a December 8th gig at New York’s Barclay Center. After that, two performances are scheduled in Newark, New Jersey, on December 13 and 15.
For those of you who can’t make their way over to London or the east coast, the final show will be telecast live via pay-per-view at 9pm ET. The pay-per-view entitled “One More Shot” will be distributed by the guys over at WWE.