New Orleans hosts the Rolling Stones tonight, sponsored by a freaking retirement fund! Despite a looming hurricane! Despite millions fleeing the region!
The older Nawlins-based brother of a dear friend happened to be in touch yesterday, defying the weather to do its worst and liberally quoting "Jumpin' Jack Flash." He has a houseful of guests, in town for the concert.*
I'd read of the Stones' new tour, but here I was texting with a senior citizen -- who was clearly as fucking irresponsible as WE were in the already-aging Stones' heyday. (Say, up to 15 years ago..)
I was flying back to DC from my Vero Beach place this morning, and I tossed into my bag the unread sections of last Sunday's Times. In an excedingly LONG piece (above), read somewhere above north Florida, the paper reported how Jagger's April heart operation had delayed the tour's start.
In some fiercely tongue-in-cheek prose, it told of the "sole sponsor" of their tour, a trade association called the Alliance for Lifetime Income (that is, private annuities for one's "golden years").
"Yet, preparing for retirement isn't what '(I can't get no) Satisfaction' is all about."
ALI's head is quoted, "...people who attend the band's shows are 'our target demographic, 45- to 72-year-olds with assets between $75,000 and $2 million.'
"...[Such folks] may never have imagined, when they were teens, that anyone would ever connect the Stones and annuities...
"[the author would] be happier if [ALI] were devoted to restoring financial strength to Social Security. [Article was in the financial pages of the Times, after all.]
"Oh well, you can't always get what you want..."
* I'd love to know how MANY people blew off reports of the storm threat and came for the concert -- like my geriatric acquaintance's guests. I'm guessing it's in the tens of thousands...