13 Years Ago In TIME

Think the Rolling Stones, who kicked off their 2002 Licks tour last week, may be past their prime? TIME pondered that question--in a 1989 cover story on AGING ROCK STARS.

Just look at these guys. Giants. Golems. Geezers with a quarter-century of history together, a "long shadow," as Keith Richards says, "that we drag around"... The Stones still have the stamina, but there's always at least a hint of a strain in the music too, a self-consciousness about the energy, as if they were the oldest guys at the gym and trying to look good on the Nautilus. Rock 'n'...

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