Rolling Stones set to play three gigs in La Plata in February, 2016
Before the 1990s cascade of international acts playing soldout arenas in BA and other cities in Argentina, staunch followers of bands like the legendary Rolling Stones had to make do with recordings or films, but they could never dream of getting the real thing. It happened, though, and not once, but thrice, and now, the Rolling Stones will play Argentina for the fourth time, with three dates in February next year at the Estadio Único of La Plata, the capital city of Buenos Aires province.
This is the first time the Rolling Stones will perform in La Plata — their previous concerts, in 1995, 1998 and 2006, were held at the River Plate soccer arena.
“When the nascent Rolling Stones began playing gigs around London in 1962, the notion that a rock & roll band would last five years, let alone fifty, was an absurdity. After all, what could possibly be more ephemeral than rock & roll, the latest teenage fad? Besides, other factors made it unlikely that such a momentous occasion would ever come to pass,” the Stones say on their official Website.
“I didn’t expect to last until fifty myself, let alone with the Stones,” Keith Richards says with a laugh. “It’s incredible, really. In that sense we’re still living on borrowed time.”
“You have to put yourself back into that time,” Mick Jagger says about those early days when he and Keith and guitarist Brian Jones roomed together and were hustling gigs wherever they could find one. “Popular music wasn’t talked about on any kind of intellectual level. There was no such term as ‘popular culture.’ None of those things existed.”
“But suddenly popular music became bigger than it had ever been before. It became an important, perhaps the most important, art form of the period, after not at all being regarded as an art form before,” Jagger asserted.