"A band gets trapped. When a band starts as a blues band, it always remains sort of true to that," Jagger added, dousing "rumours" that the Stones would also perform at next summer's London Olympics. The band first performed as "the Rollin' Stones" in July 1962 at London's Marquee Club, and their debut single "Come On" followed a year later. Most bands start the clock on their history when they issue their first release -- eligible candidates for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame can only be nominated 25 years after their first release, not first concert -- so the Stones can still call 2013 their 50th anniversary. However, Jagger doesn't seem to care about that: a Stones tour doesn't need to tether itself to some inconsequential anniversary to sell out in a blink.
Jagger is busy right now with his mediocre "supergroup" Super Heavy, and Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley and Joss Stone are probably better company than Charlie Watts these days. Meanwhile, Keith Richards is spending his time scouring casting agencies in search of someone worthy enough to portray him in the film Life.
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- Mick Jagger