9168673101_16f319e097I watched the Stones on TV last night (performing at the Glastonbury Festival).

I love the Stones.  They were one of the first bands I adopted as a teenager, and I still play my battered 40+ year old copies of Beggars Banquet and Let it Bleed.

But I wish they’d given up years ago.  When they ran out of ideas.  Now they are just a good tribute band.  A caricature of their former selves. Mick Jagger’s energetic antics, and the lashings of hype, cannot disguise the fact that what was once a band is now a brand – the spirit is weak, even if the flesh is willing.