Every time we had a school assembly on drugs, my headmaster, DCM Pritchard, would hold up a picture of narcotic-addled wretches and ask us whether we wanted to be like them.
But - that was exactly what we wanted to be like.
“Prick’s”argument was that if we indulged ourselves in our early years, we would not live into the next millennium , let alone enjoy the fruits of a long working life and a happy – pension fuelled - retirement.
So it was with vicarious satisfaction that with my £406 ticket in hand, I watched from the “cheap seats ” of the O2 as these “dead men walking” proved not just that they were still the best rock and roll band in the world, but the fittest and happiest pensioners in Deptford and Greenwich (and other stations of the cross).
There is clearly a lifestyle lesson here kids- eat drink and be merry – and you’ll be earning £10m for a night’s work when you get your bus-pass.
Ok , Keith still looks bemused by guitars without leads and stages that extend half way round the stadium Charlie Watts re-defined ”chiselled” while mssrs. Wood and Taylor looked as I felt the next morning.
But what a noise! Forget Clapton and Florence -sideshows, the Stones are the real deal.
To have the guys that stitched you , laughing at you and to have the money to laugh back -takes some doing Pete! That’s why you’re a legend.
Nor are they too likely to be supplemented into “Strictly” or be found smooching round no 10 to support the status quo.
They’re still outside the school gates laughing .
So let’s move on from what you missed (an emptied bank account for starters) . Looking back’s a scary business – think Mick’s interchange with Hendrix in the Chelsea Drug Store
I sung my song to Mr. Jimmy
Yeah, and he said one word to me, and that was “dead”
That’s what we in finance call “survivor bias”.
But the song’s litte moral is my message to Mr Pritchard and all the killjoys who never lived!
You can’t always get what you want
But if you try sometimes well you might find
You get what you need
If you’re tuning in for a lecture on saving and Osbournesque platitudes about financial prudence, remember these guys who got paid more for a night’s worth of fun, than most of us will earn-let alone save – in a lifetime.
Next week the Geriatric Rock juggernaut rumbles on to the 100 Club which sees the final of Pension Rocks III. If you haven’t got a ticket, want to go on Thursday (6th Dec) drop a comment on here or send me a mail on email@example.com – £20 to charity.
You can think back fifty years and imagine those lads onstage at the O2 in front of you. And if you’re an accountant, you can congratulate yourselves, you’ve saved yourself £586.
- Rolling Stones Joined By Eric Clapton, Bill Wyman, Mick Taylor and Florence Welch For 2nd O2 Show (wzlx.cbslocal.com)
- Live Music: Rolling Stones @ O2 Arena, November 25 and 29, 2012 (popdose.com)
- Rolling Stones mark 50th year with London show (denverpost.com)
- rolling stones O2 gig mick jagger ronnie wood keith richards (thesun.co.uk)
- Rolling Stones jam with Clapton & Florence in London (utsandiego.com)
- The Rolling Stones & Florence Welch Give Each Other Shelter! WATCH O2 Performance HERE! (perezhilton.com)
- Stones Roll Back Years to Rock ‘Cheap Seats,’ No Word on Tour – Bloomberg (bloomberg.com)
- Rolling Stones Joined By Eric Clapton, Bill Wyman, Mick Taylor and Florence Welch For 2nd O2 Show (wcbsfm.cbslocal.com)
- A £60,000 fine? That’s 10 seats, jokes Mick Jagger as Rolling Stones break curfew (standard.co.uk)
- Rolling Stones celebrate 50 years with London gig (itv.com)