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Mild Horses

The Rolling Stones have become the scourge of Serbian humane societies due to their plan to hold a July concert at Belgrade’s Hippodrome, home to hundreds of horses that live a few meters from the stage. If things get out of hand, Hippodrome staff plan to give the horses Bensedin, an animal tranquilizer that became popular with humans during NATO air strikes in 1999. Since the horses can’t be moved safely, Serbia’s largest animal protection group, ORCA, is trying to get the concert moved to a different location. As a former humane society director, I hope the Stones find a more suitable venue. What I wonder is why any promoter would even consider a concert plan that places Keith Richards a few meters from a huge supply of animal tranquilizers. This is the same Keef who, just last month, famously told a New Musical Express reporter he had once snorted his father’s ashen remains with cocaine, only to later issue a retraction the reporter found disingenuous.

Whether the Stones will give the horses any reason to get excited is unknown. Mick and Keith are as professional as two deranged codgers can get. But artistically, they’ve mostly been gathering moss since 1978’s Some Girls, and relying on the near-bulletproof drumming of Charlie Watts to roll over the tough spots. The music blog of Philadelphia’s WXPN has unearthed a Stones performance that really could have gotten the horses moving— a dirty, bluesy romp on the TV show Shindig (complete with groovy backup dancers) that unexpectedly segues into a star turn for Howlin’ Wolf, accompanied by Billy Preston on piano.

What Stones material would rank as the most likely to cause equestrian unrest? I’d probably vote for a loud and fuzzy version of the entire Exile on Main St. album. Let us know what you’d choose.

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