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« The only thing surprising about the ‘81 tour was just HOW successful it was. I mean, we could throw in stadium gigs within three or four days’ notice, you know, and still sell it out. We were lucky. The album was ready, and it took off. I mean, it’s a matter of timing. There are certain things - you can have all the ingredients but, you know, talent is 10% of it. There’s still the variable which is that certain timing which comes along now and again where everything just goes bang, bang. If you tried to plan it, it wouldn’t happen.» ― Keith Richards on Performing the biggest tour in rock history.

« The only thing surprising about the ‘81 tour was just HOW successful it was. I mean, we could throw in stadium gigs within three or four days’ notice, you know, and still sell it out. We were lucky. The album was ready, and it took off. I mean, it’s a matter of timing. There are certain things - you can have all the ingredients but, you know, talent is 10% of it. There’s still the variable which is that certain timing which comes along now and again where everything just goes bang, bang. If you tried to plan it, it wouldn’t happen.» ― Keith Richards on Performing the biggest tour in rock history.

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« Rounding up the Stones  is surprisingly easy. Getting them over the idea of working on the road, that’s the hard bit. You know, they’re going, OHHH, I DON’T wanna go on the ROAD. And I’m trying to hustle them, because I know that it’s the only way to keep ‘em together. They always feel good about it once they DO it; maybe I kind of crystallize that feeling or focus it or whatever, because everybody feels the same way as me, but not at the same time. But if the band wantds to stay together, then we do have to go on the road and we do have to work. And once we get up there and start rehearsing, it’s great. And it only gets better and better, you know? The problem is - this has been one of my favorite gripes for years - that because of the way we work, doing a blockbuster tour every three years, we find ourselves on this cycle of working our way up to a certain point where we can say, NOW we’re breaking, NOW we’re taking off into somewhere else. And then, because the tour stops - BOOM - we’re never able to get PAST that point, to push it when it’s still getting better. And three years later, we have to start again from scratch, going over the same ground to find out what we already know. That’s the one thing that bugs me. I’ve always wanted to find out what would happen if we just kept GOING. » ― Keith Richards on Getting back on the road (1981).

« Rounding up the Stones  is surprisingly easy. Getting them over the idea of working on the road, that’s the hard bit. You know, they’re going, OHHH, I DON’T wanna go on the ROAD. And I’m trying to hustle them, because I know that it’s the only way to keep ‘em together. They always feel good about it once they DO it; maybe I kind of crystallize that feeling or focus it or whatever, because everybody feels the same way as me, but not at the same time. But if the band wantds to stay together, then we do have to go on the road and we do have to work. And once we get up there and start rehearsing, it’s great. And it only gets better and better, you know? The problem is - this has been one of my favorite gripes for years - that because of the way we work, doing a blockbuster tour every three years, we find ourselves on this cycle of working our way up to a certain point where we can say, NOW we’re breaking, NOW we’re taking off into somewhere else. And then, because the tour stops - BOOM - we’re never able to get PAST that point, to push it when it’s still getting better. And three years later, we have to start again from scratch, going over the same ground to find out what we already know. That’s the one thing that bugs me. I’ve always wanted to find out what would happen if we just kept GOING. » ― Keith Richards on Getting back on the road (1981).