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CNN's Mark Scheerer catches up with the Stones

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Stones' latest tour overcomes sickness, injury

From Correspondent Mark Scheerer

Web posted on: Monday, November 09, 1998 1:53:40 PM EST

NEW YORK (CNN) -- They've been touring since the dawn of time, it seems. And when the Rolling Stones cranked up their "Bridges to Babylon" tour a year ago in Chicago, they didn't know what was in store.

"Every other tour, you've known that you're going to start there and its gonna finish there and it does," says Stones guitarist Keith Richards. "But this tour ... we're not finished yet, you know?"

Far from it: the Stones are scheduled for U.S. shows into February. Right now, they're making a swing through California.

Gathering moss?


As documented in their seventh live album, "No Security," this trek took its toll on their health.

"I had laryngitis twice and I had to cancel a few shows and replace them with other ones, and that was a real drag," says frontman Mick Jagger. "I hate that. And Keith also had an accident where he broke his ribs."

"I broke three, actually. And punctured a lung," says Richards. "And it's a ludicrous story, really."

It's ludicrous, only if you can't picture Richards up a ladder in his study, looking for a book, when the shelf topples over.

"Everything goes in slow motion at those times. And the desk is coming for my temple," Richards recalls. "I shove that out the way and I say, 'I know I'm going to take it somewhere.' And I never did find the book."


Rock, the movie

Speaking of books, there's a new coffee-table tome about the Stones and their three-plus decades of rolling around the world.

But Jagger has movies on his mind. He says he might get to make the film about the music world.

"Martin Scorsese and Rich Cohen and myself, we're writing a screenplay about the music business, about characters in the music business and their lives over 30 years," Jagger says.

The tour, meantime, is scheduled to make a spring swing through the United States, and it was reported recently that the Stones would charge up to $300 a ticket.

"If we do something, it will be a quite a short, sweet thing," Jagger says.

Meantime, "No Security" is riding through some age-related wisecracks like "No Social Security." But at this point, the band doesn't seem to mind.

"Hey, we just enjoy it," says Richards. "I think we think we're getting the hang of this thing, you know?"

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