rolling stones julliard press conf nyc 2005Flashback


May 10, 2005: The Stones perform three songs (Start Me Up, Oh No Not You Again and Brown Sugar) at the Juilliard School of Music in New York City and then hold a press conference to announce their 2005-06 world tour.
Mick: “This is one of the earliest concerts we’ve been to in a while, actually. We’re calling it the cornflakes concert. We don’t announce it as our last tour. We never think about it – we take each tour as it comes… I think that’s a trap to try and get people to buy your tickets and say, Well, I’ll never see them again… We’re having a great time recording. We are very upbeat about the tour… There’s a lot of other fantastic bands and a lot of old rubbish out there, and we hope it’s going to be a wonderful summer of rock & roll and we’re going to be right in there.”


From The Aquarian:
The Rolling Stones cockteased the crowd with three songs at Manhattan’s Juilliard School of Music behind the pompous halls at Lincoln Center in a lunchtime press conference to announce their upcoming tour. This was the first time the band played at one of their press conferences since 1975 when they sang on top of a flatbed truck as it careened down Fifth Avenue sideswiping winos along the way.

This time around they played “Start Me Up,” “Brown Sugar” and a new one, “Oh No Not You Again,” that went down like classic Stones from a pumped up band of geriatric rockers with something to prove. Jagger and Richards beamed at each other like two old dogs as Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood laid down the jackhammer beats and rhythms to the plaza’s water fountains, leaving more than a few hundred lucky ones that cut school or called in sick to work “Shat-tered.”

Afterwards they took on the press like a Marx Brothers routine and fielded questions that ranged from the sublime to the ridiculous. Someone asked if they had a set list yet, to which Jagger replied, “Perhaps we’ll dig into the catalog and find some songs we haven’t done for awhile.” The swashbuckling guitarist Keith Richards countered with a wild-eyed grin, “Sometimes they choose themselves.”

Someone from the BBC asked them how much they plan to make from the tour and Richards replied with a coy, “Millionsssssss” and “You can have the money!” He then asked the band if they’d left Britain for tax reasons that led to a mini-microsecond of silence until Richards told the crowd, “What do you expect, he’s from the Boring Broadcast System.”

As for the new album that is “85 percent completed” Jagger added, “We tried to make this album a very direct album…It’s a simple album with a lot of different ideas as far as lyrics are concerned.We tried to make it very wide-ranging and very hard-hitting, though it’s got its sensitive moments.” Richards chimed in, “It kicks some ass.”
(Ref. juilliard school of music)

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