Sympathy For The Devil

Well here’s a completely off the cuff post. Serendipity happens.

I received an email this morning from a long-timer and paid member who lives not far from me, in Singapore.

In it, he informs me that The Rolling Stones just cancelled a concert in Amsterdam just hours before showtime.

Now the Rolling Stones Tour Is Upended by COVID After Mick Jagger Tests Positive for the Virus

The Rolling Stones cancelled a concert scheduled for Monday night in Amsterdam after lead singer Mick Jagger, 78, experienced symptoms and tested positive for COVID. The Stones were vaccinated last year before beginning the U.S. leg of their tour in St. Louis in September. The band is touring Europe this spring and summer celebrating their 60th anniversary and has ten more dates scheduled through the end of July. The cancellation of the Stones’ concert follows ex-Beatles drummer Ringo Starr, 81, cancelling the remaining dates of a spring/summers US tour this past weekend after two members of his All Starr Band tested positive.

Ha, and Keith is the youngun of the trio. Guitarist Keith Richards is 79 and drummer Charlie Watts, who died just last year, was 80. They were all together for the better part of 60 years minus one. They started jamming when I was 1 year old.

In itself, remarkable and utterly amazing—especially when you consider that they do high-energy rock & roll performances on live stage. Loved BB King, but this is not pickin’ & singin’ the blues sitting on a chair.

At 75, Ronnie looked ready to go.

The memes over Keith Richards’ cheat-death longevity are epic. Musicians seem to often die young, and even very young.

My friend linked up another post that’s a bit humorous.

Fully Jabbed Mick Jagger Now COVID+, Rolling Stones Cancels Show Sparking Questions Of Jab Efficacy

“The Rolling Stones have been forced to call off tonight’s concert in Amsterdam at the Johan Cruijff Arena, following Mick Jagger testing positive after experiencing symptoms of COVID upon arrival at the stadium. The Rolling Stones are deeply sorry for tonight’s postponement, but the safety of the audience, fellow musicians, and the touring crew has to take priority.”

While some of the comments posted in response bore some of the expected “get well soon” and the ilk, there were others who were genuinely peeved that the show was canceled, considering some had shelled out quite a bit of money in terms of travel and lodging to see the band.

Of course, there are those asking about what they’re supposed to do in the event they’re unable to make it out to Amsterdam for whenever the rescheduled show is announced – again, a perfectly reasonable inquiry.

Yea, it’s come to this. Communist-level totalitarian “health” propaganda being played on world stages where it’s not that people stood in line for hours for their food ration—only to be turned away at the last minute—but people having ponied up for hundreds and thousands of dollars, only to be turned away at the last minute because “safety and health.”

‘Sorry, comrades, but we have state-sponsored propagandistic health and safety swill to uphold to all you bourgeoisie.’

…So, what made this so serendipitous this morning was that my interlocutor included a studio-version audio of their famous song, Sympathy For The Devil. Life can be so weird. Two nights ago after a long day, I decided to drive to Nida’s place, Roxanne Bar, where old-dude expats hang sometimes. Included in that is the YouTube on the main big screen and the phone gets passed around and we can put stuff in the queue. Someone put up Sympathy For The Devil—a song I’ve heard hundreds of times throughout my life—in a version I’ve never seen. A high-quality video of a small-audience performance that’s pretty amazing for 1968, when I was only 7 years old.

Recorded before a live audience in London in 1968, The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus was originally conceived as a BBC-TV special. Directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg, it centers on the original line up of The Rolling Stones — Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian Jones, Charlie Watts, Bill Wyman (with Nicky Hopkins and Rocky Dijon) — who serves as both the show’s hosts and featured attraction. For the first time in front of an audience, “The World’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band” performs six Stones classics. The program also includes extraordinary performances by The Who, Jethro Tull, Taj Mahal, Marianne Faithfull, Yoko Ono, and The Dirty Mac. A ‘supergroup’ before the term had even been coined, the band was comprised of Eric Clapton (lead guitar), Keith Richards (bass), Mitch Mitchell of The Jimi Hendrix Experience (drums), and John Lennon on guitar and vocals.

It has been in my head for two days.

Now, you must ask yourself.

Would that show have been cancelled in 1968 had anyone had sniffles, scratchy throat, a diagnosis on some plastic…or, would it have held to the old ethic that…


Our normal world is being ripped out from under us on the thinnest of ridiculous, cowering-in-fear pretense.

This will not stop until you—everyone—starts laughing your ass off at anyone and everyone ascared of sniffles, sore throat, and a cough.

Richard Nikoley

I'm Richard Nikoley. Free The Animal began in 2003 and as of 2021, contains 5,000 posts. I blog what I wish...from health, diet, and food to travel and lifestyle; to politics, social antagonism, expat-living location and time independent—while you sleep—income. I celebrate the audacity and hubris to live by your own exclusive authority and take your own chances. Read More

1 Comment

  1. Currin on June 16, 2022 at 20:43

    Terrific Stones video! Their music not only holds up – it keeps getting even better.

    I agree that canceling for any reason was unlikely back then, but Mick and the band were 20 – not 80.

    I saw the Stones in the mid 90s, and the very next day remaining tour dates were canceled due to Mick Jagger being ill. You never would have guessed it from the energy he brought to the stage. But I guess at some point, if you’re a performer, you don’t want to give your fans a tepid performance if you know you aren’t up for bringing it. Fans were disappointed and plans were disrupted, but I assume they made the decision they needed to make.

    And, let’s be honest, when you buy tickets to a concert where the band members are 80, you do assume some risk of there being a disruption. Hopefully, Mick feels better and the cancellation is not only due to a “positive test”. Cause, yeah. That would be stupid.

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