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Sunday 16 December 2012
Despite having been the targets of ageism since about 1977, The Rolling Stones' ability to conjure up momentum – not least exorbitant ticket prices – shows no sign of abating. With the group half a century old, and boasting a combined age of roughly 904, social media was a very different place when they last hit the road five years ago (Friends Reunited anyone?).
The relentless manner by which the Stones brand of 2012 has invaded Twitter of late confirms that one of entertainment's most formidable marketing machines of the past 50 years remains at the height of its powers. For those of us unwilling to fork out hundreds for the honour of seeing ol' Jumpin' Jack Flash strutting his stuff on a stage half a mile away, there has been a live Twitter feed of shows, exhaustive in its mission to highlight exactly what the more skint and miserly end of the fan base is missing.
As for the excitable boffin curiously employed to tweet us the lyrics of Brown Sugar during the gigs, I may have judged the said individual harshly.
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 If I were Prime Minister: I'd give tax cuts to the rich, keep Trident, and get my football team wrong
- 2 Top Gear: Jodie Kidd, Philip Glenister and Guy Martin 'in advanced talks' to join show
- 3 General Election 2015: 14-year-old boy asks Nick Clegg – 'can you kill Katie Hopkins?'
- 4 University student in court for allegedly covering housemates' food in window cleaner and spit
- 5 Garland shooting: Isis claims attack on Prophet Mohamed cartoon contest in Texas as its first action on US soil
In defence of liberal democracy
The Rothschild Libel: Why has it taken 200 years for an anti-Semitic slur that emerged from the Battle of Waterloo to be dismissed?
General Election 2015: UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power, Labour warns
General election live: SNP suspends two members for disrupting Labour rally
Schools forced to act as 'miniature welfare states' with teachers buying underwear and even haircuts for poor pupils
Andy McSmith's Sketch: Feisty audience is the real star of an enlightening show