Brooklyn moves like Jagger: Stones play to sold-out Barclays crowd

Posted at 10:12 PM, Dec 08, 2012
and last updated 2012-12-09 11:39:40-05

BROOKLYN, N.Y.(PIX11) It’s been a mind-boggling half century since this grizzled quartet known as The Rolling Stones first gave us all so much “satisfaction.”

With a sold-out concert at the Barclays Center in downtown Brooklyn and two more in Newark, N.J. next week, PIX11 posed the question: Why, why why would anyone spend between $200 and $2,000 per ticket to see old British rockers — two of them turning 70 next year?

We got an earful.

“Because they are the best band ever,” said Scott Peters of Lewiston, Maine, who spent $800 per ticket for he and his wife to go to Barclays Center Saturday night and thousands more for next week’s concerts in Newark.

“I have known my husband since he was 13 years old,” Lisa Peters said, ” and he has worn a Stones tee shirt every day and he’s 47 now.”

With this first foray into downtown Brooklyn, these aging hipsters added an almost 35 years younger blues guitarist, Gary Clark Jr. and Mary J. Blige along with a couple of new songs to keep them somewhat contemporary.

“They put on a great show,” Justin Prager, of Music Choice, and a self-described rock and roll expert “..they always put something new out there.”

This mini-tour — which also includes a stop on 12-12-12 at Madison Square Garden for the Sandy Relief Concert fundraiser — is called 50 and counting. And these fans are counting on something new as well as the old favorites.

PIX11 dared to ask  a few fans if maybe it was time for the Stones to pack it in?

“No, no, no,” Liz Feely of Islip, Long Island, said. “Mick Jagger is amazing. He is just go, go, go,” husband Tom Feely added.