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Stones Not Likely to Fade Away

Fans don’t have to worry about the Rolling Stones’ 40th-anniversary tour being their final performances. As long as the music sounds good, the legendary band’s keyboard player told The Associated Press, why stop?

As for their advancing ages, Chuck Leavell said bluesman B.B. King and “Godfather of Soul” James Brown still perform, and no one thinks twice about whether they should leave the spotlight.

Leavell did acknowledge that even singer Mick Jagger has expressed his doubts in the past. While on 1997’s “Bridges to Babylon” tour, Jagger said he never thought people would want to see them 35 years after they took the world by storm, according to Leavell.

Of course, there’s also the fact that people keep coming to see them – a lot of people. Many of the Stones’ shows on the 25-city tour are sold out.

The Stones opened in Boston on Sept. 3 with a 22-song set mixing the old and the new. They threw in some unexpected covers, as well as one new song from the upcoming greatest-hits package “Forty Licks.”

The Rolling Stones play sites around Chicago on Tuesday, Friday and Monday, Sept. 16.