The Jam are another one of those kind of bands; Like My Bloody Valentine, it seems like they’re a band who only seem to have a few fans, but it seems like all of them have written a list of the hundred or so greatest albums ever made and put one of their albums in the list. All the more impressive, considering that the only song by them I know is “That’s Entertainment.” If anyone actually is reading this post and wants to suggest a name for this kind of band, please use the comments.
Why do I bring them up? Not because they’re finishing work on a new album, but because former frontman Paul Weller has gone on record as saying that “it would be absurd” to reunite after 30 years. He has been given many offers to reunite the band, and has rejected them all, to a one.
Why? Quoth the Modfather: “We haven’t had 30 years of us continuing making lousy records, which is the case for some bands,” he continued. “No way would it happen. You can’t recapture those things, and also why should you? It would be absurd – three 50-year-old geezers jumping around the stage.”
However, he has some admiration towards bands like the Stones who do the same thing: “I take my hat off to people like the Stones but it’s not for me. I couldn’t do that. Jagger is brilliant and long may he rock. I couldn’t make my career out of old songs, it would do my head in.”
And, if you think this sounds like a segue, well, that’s because it is, Because The Rolling Stones have hinted that they would like to play more live shows in 2013, saying that their shows at the end of 2012 were “not enough”.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Mick Jagger revealed that, after their triumphant 2012 gigs, they feel like they’re just getting started for something good. Jagger said: “I’m going to see what’s on the table and discuss it with everyone. We’ll announce it when we’ve figured it out.”
Quoth Kieth: “Really, all you’re going to have to do is wait for an announcement,” Keith Richards added, saying the London and New York gigs “went like a dream, at the same speed, man. But we barely got off the starting blocks.” he said. Adding: “It would be dopey to bring things up to this level and say, ‘Well, that’s that, 50 years, bye-bye.’”
“I always said that we’d see how this would go, and then we’d think about doing more – or not. Keith and Ronnie say things to the press,” Jagger added, “because that’s their line. They don’t say, ‘Oh, I think about it carefully.’ But they think about it as carefully as Charlie and I do. The reality is they are as tentative as anybody else.”
Of course, Ronnie Wood has gone on record as saying that the Stones would “Rock until they drop,” but it’s nice to see that the Stones have no plan to retire anytime soon.
Although, that said, there is no record of whether or not one of those 2013 gigs will be at Glastonbury.