The Show Must Go On...."
In March 1989 they
sign a contract with Michael Cohl's Concert
Productions. In 1989 they release Steel
Wheels and with the accompanying
Urban Jungle tour they put themselves back
on the Rock ' Roll Map.
The Rolling Stones
have now become a mature and professional
business. The albums, tours, ticket-selling
and -pricing, merchandise, publicity is
all orchestrated in a perfect way. When
Internet becomes fashion the Stones are
amongst the first to make use of that (also
in concerts). Where they already trendsetters
in live concerts. Their tours in the nineties
extended the already existing concepts.
Playing in Stadiums, Arena's and Theatres
in the same tour shows they control both
their creative and logistical skills to
From 1989 until
today the Rolling Stones Corporation has
only improved itself. The gentlemen themselves
-however- have become older, much older.
Their musical quality doesn't have that
roughness and spontaneity from their second
era ('68-74) but then again, their age allows
bring their 'old' styles as well as new
experiments (Bridges to Babylon). All three
studio-albums Steel Wheels,
and Bridges to Babylon
are different. They cannot be compared to
their best albums in the period of '68-'74.
They have to be looked at from the perspective
of the nineties and the 'old' age of the
Rock and Roll 'Gentlemen'. Although they
have never been very good in producing live
albums, they release four of them in this
period. With Stripped
as one of the better ones. Four Flicks however
is a major step in bringing audio and video
together. The latest technology has been
used in this DVD-set. If only this technology
was available in the beginning of the seventies
They now have reached
the stage that they have become icons of
the Rock and Roll. They are in the same
league as their predecessors, dead or alive.
Maybe even greater. But I might be prejudiced.