That is three times Charleston's population.
Compare the behavior of Richards and Jagger to the breakup of the Beatles over Paul McCartney writing what John Lennon called "granny songs."
They had grown up and they split up. To be sure, the breakup led to wonderful music by Lennon, McCartney and George Harrison (sorry, Ringo) in the aftermath, but the band died more than 40 years ago, a passing fad.
Led Zeppelin came and went too, like a feather in the wind. Their music may have eclipsed the Stones in the 1970s, but the death of their drummer, John Bonham, also killed the band.
The Stones took the death of their founder in stride. The show must go on.
Over the years, the Stones paced themselves and changed with the musical tide without forgetting their rock 'n' roll roots. Whenever they lost their way, they returned.
The group survived the chaotic and psychedelic "Their Satanic Majesties Request." Once they listened to the album, they awakened from their head trip, and the Stones recorded "Beggars Banquet" with its "Sympathy for the Devil" and "Street Fightin' Man."
Two years later came, "Sticky Fingers," their best album and one of the few albums by any group that hits every right note through all its tracks.
The Stones have rocked on for half a century because it's only rock 'n' roll and they like it.
True, the music made them millionaires many, many times over, but the music also will make them take the stage 10 years from now, even if they need walkers.
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