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British imports look to stir up the Brooklyn music scene

for The Brooklyn Paper

A controversial rhythm and blues band from Britain is coming to Brooklyn.

The group, calling themselves the Rolling Stones, has experienced a remarkable amount of success in their burgeoning careers — despite much controversy.

The band of long-haired dandies has amassed an impressive following of devoted young fans whose dedication borders the cultish, but the group’s romanticizing of drug use and sexual promiscuity has many parents and religious groups dismayed, expressing palpable panic about the effect this “rock ’n’ roll” music will have on the morality of Brooklyn’s young people.

The upstart band and its young followers have caused quite the scene outside of previous shows — and it will be anyone’s guess what will happen at the Barclays Center after the precedent set by fans of Canadian crooner Justin Bieber, who blocked his tour bus and stopped traffic last month.

The lead singer, Mick Jagger, has earned a reputation for his elicit, acrobatic “moves” which give many young, impressionable audience members the fits.

Perhaps explaining his dangerously explosive dance moves are the rumors that lead guitarist, Keith Richards, has drunk Jack Daniels whiskey straight from the bottle during a live performance.

Indeed, the band’s carefree attitude is not just about music.

Some cite their style for its popularity among young listeners, who are undoubtedly impressed by the members’ skinny ties and sunglasses — worn provocatively while socializing indoors where sun does not shine.

These roustabouts clearly intend to shake things up in the music world. Playing a style of music typically performed by Black artists in the deep South, with track titles from the cryptic (“Get Off of My Cloud”) to the downright blasphemous (“Sympathy for the Devil”) — the group challenges one’s wits at every turn.

One can only imagine the sort of depravity the Stones will bring to Brooklyn.

Still, some aficionados of the nascent genre say, “Gimme Shelter” is the greatest rock ’n’ roll song of all time.

Rolling Stones at the Barclays Center [620 Atlantic Ave. at Flatbush Avenue, (212) 359–6387, www.barclayscenter.com]. Dec. 8, 8 pm. Starting at $501.15 as of print.

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Malembi from BK says:
this is a joke, then?
Dec. 7, 2012, 1:46 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Rolling Stones should just retire, because their career was over decades ago and they are all washed up.
Dec. 7, 2012, 2:18 pm
Malembi from BK says:
—— you. ——.
Dec. 7, 2012, 3:28 pm
John Wasserman from Windsor Terrace says:
Pardon me Tal, but I'm quite sure that the Rolling Stones still have people that are willing to pay a lot of money to see them play. So I'm afraid that your comment is technically incorrect. Sorry for the interruption.
Dec. 7, 2012, 3:39 pm
Jory Bots from Downtown says:
I am shocked that I have been blessed with such musical talent!! Why me!?!
Dec. 7, 2012, 4:19 pm
Barry from Flatbush says:
You can still get tix for the pit on Stubhub for $2,400 a shot, or tix to stare at the back of the stage while they play for $450.

Hope all the rich folks enjoy the show.
Dec. 7, 2012, 4:58 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
John, I never said their music was bad, I am just saying that it's time for them stop playing. You can always download their songs to your iPod, iPad, or whatever you are using today to listen to music. I just saw their latest image, and they look like a bunch of geysers dressed as rock stars. The same thing will happen for other classic rock bands, so I am not singling out just the Rolling Stones. I will probably be saying the same thing be it Aerosmith, Back Street Boys, N'Sync, Eurythmics, etc. Even individuals from Bruce Springsteen all the way to Brittney Spears will be past their time soon. Overall, it's time to pass the torch for the younger generations, but it still doesn't mean that you can't hear their songs anymore. After this tour, it should be over for the Rolling Stones in terms of performances. My guess is that they are doing this because they are going broke and need the money, so their singing is all they have left.
Dec. 7, 2012, 6:15 pm
Prospect Heights Resident from Prospect Heights says:
You never fail to disappoint with the negativity, do you Tal?
Dec. 7, 2012, 8:01 pm
Robert from Park Slope says:
Good to see that Barclays' continues to fulfill its promise to serve the underprivileged people of Brooklyn. Imagine, the worst seats in the house, only $501 a pop.
Dec. 7, 2012, 8:32 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Prospect Heights Resident, that wasn't negativity, that was reality, and they could try to make the tickets cheaper for those who aren't part of the one percent.
Dec. 7, 2012, 9:15 pm
Joe from Breezy Point says:
Tickets start at $500 !!
I'd rather go to an Abe George fundraiser
Dec. 8, 2012, 1:48 am
OLD TIME BROOKLYN from slope says:
well my brother is there as i type = seen them 7 or 8 tims since 1969 - tal you really are an idiot as much as i have given ou bennefit of of doubt - nobobdy (maybe the who) can do it like the stones - and they do it very well
Dec. 8, 2012, 9:14 pm
emilyposter from BHill says:
Who wrote this article - it's got to be a joke. The contrived decriptives sound like they're coming from a retired colonel in Tunbridge Wells.
Hardly an upstart band when they've been playing for 50 years !
Oooh Keith drank from the bottle and thats what drove Mick to such contortions - horrors !
Young listeners impressed by skinny ties - it's 2012 fella
Not 1964
Brooklyn Paper - you should be able to do better than this.....
Dec. 9, 2012, 12:34 am
old time brooklyn from slope says:
emil y - it is a spoof baseded on ny telegram aericle like from way back
Dec. 9, 2012, 1:22 am
topper from bkn says:
I'd bet that if the Stones didn't play barclays and played at the izod center in new jersey instead Tal would not be so negative.
Dec. 9, 2012, 1:59 am
Jamie from Park Slope says:
Who in god's name wrote this garbage? A ten yer old? Is it actually supposed to be clever? I guess this newspaper takes anything for free.
Dec. 9, 2012, 7:54 pm
Al says:
Rolling Stones going broke??
Ha!!
I seriously doubt that.

Looks to me like they are simply having loads of fun, and why shouldn't they. Making music is what they do... why should they stop?
Sorry Tal, not sure how old you are, or what you do, but you sound like an old crank. These guys still got it... you never did.
Dec. 9, 2012, 8:18 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Actually, I am pretty young. Just recently, the NY Post had an article on bands and other individual rock stars that have seen better days. When you look at them right now, do they really look like they can still do performances at their age let alone their health? It's their music that makes them special, not the group themselves. It's not just the Rolling Stones here, some felt that others such as Steven Tyler and Brittany Spears should step down as well especially since they haven't done any new songs for a while, and that they are now judges on Reality TV shows these days as their only jobs. One other thing, let's not forget how Madonna at a concert in Philadelphia really got the fans upset when showed up nearly two hours late for her own concert. Overall, I don't mind hearing their music, but the Stones themselves should go into permanent retirement as this should be their Farewell Tour in that it should be the tour to end all tours.
Dec. 9, 2012, 11:01 pm
Chris from SoPaLoNoHoHoHo says:
I thought it was funny. Really is there anything new to write about these guys? Might as well go back to the beginning and start over.
Dec. 10, 2012, 1:19 pm
Chris from SoPaLoNoHoHoHo says:
I thought it was funny. Really is there anything new to write about these guys? Might as well go back to the beginning and start over.
Dec. 10, 2012, 1:19 pm
A.VanEss from Windsor Terrace says:
your writing style really captured the flavor of the Stones first visit to the states -- well done -- but back then we also learned vocabulary - I think you meant 'illicit', as in illegal - - not 'elicit' - [The lead singer, Mick Jagger, has earned a reputation for his elicit, acrobatic “moves"]
Dec. 10, 2012, 2:36 pm
A.VanEss from Windsor Terrace says:
It's sad that emilyposter had to comment and post before thinking..yes it was a different time write... re-read it perhaps you'll appreciate eric's style and the time and effort put into it..
Dec. 10, 2012, 2:43 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
thanks but I don't need any more putdowns, from the likes of streetsblogger bike zealouts. People wouldn't pay 2 cents to see me traipse around stage, so what? The rolling stones are just making hay over their salad years, b/c they haven't done anything worthwile in three decades. Just b/c they make 8 million per show doesn't mean anybody really wants to see them for their music, rather just b/c they are the rooling stones and maybe nobody thinks they will tour again so they open they're wallets and spend the big bucks just in case it is the end. These baby boomer wanna-be bike zealouts are also past their prime, and I will say the same thing about Jay-Z and J-Lo and Eugene Pluitsky when their time comes as well. Just like Sir Francis Drake and the Spanish Armada.
Dec. 17, 2012, 11:31 pm

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