Sunday, April 09, 2006

After the Super Bowl I gave Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones a load of shit for their disingenuous complaints about the network censoring their lyrics during the halftime show (they had actually agreed to it the week before). What rebels. What "Street Fighting Men." Gag.

Well, the Stones have struck again. These over-aged bloviators and corporate shills(I still love the old Stones music just not "The Stones" as they are now)are back in the news again.

They just played their first concert in mainland China. Some really funny stuff came out of it.

-The Chinese government asked them to not play "Brown Sugar," "Honky Tonk Women," "Beast of Burden," "Let's Spend the Night Together" and "Rough Justice" — because of suggestive lyrics.

-They played in an assmbly hall that only holds 8,500 people. About 90% of the people there were not Chinese. Jagger actually had a funny line about the censorship
"I'm pleased that the Ministry of Culture is protecting the morals of the expat bankers and their girlfriends that are going to be coming."

-The Chinese kids who were interviewed all said they "were too old" "from the olden days" or never heard of them.

-The Government is brodcasting the concert nationally, yet another move toward liberalization.