There's a brand new blog in town which has posted the entire article I just read in today's Green Guide (The Age TV guide) about what is most probably the Stones' last blast, "Sweet Neo-Con". (Late Night Bill is either a media hack or he's a Victorian who is stalking the Stones.)
Sandwiched in between posts on the first concert of their tour, the article is followed by a review of said concert with a nice remark on the stage pyrotechnics:
Playing on the band's new CD, "A Bigger Bang," the live show starts with an animated video of a molten core exploding. After an initial shower of rocks and debris, it starts firing out guitars and a Rolling Stones tongue.
At a time when anti-evolutionists are pushing a notion called "intelligent design," this video reminds us that, whomever is credited with creating the world must at some point explain the Rolling Stones. In the case of the intelligent-design crowd, I want a tape of that presentation.
The Stones will not go gently into that good night - but they're not exactly lining up to play Baghdad either. In fact they are not even performing the inflammatory ditty on the US leg of their tour for fear of being 'Dixie-chicked' as one commentator put it.
Late Night Bill's blog has only been up for two days, yet came up as third search result when I went into Technorati to look for 'Rolling stones sweet neo-con'. Glory is sweet but brief - it is pretty old news now, having just made it into print in Australia.
Here's another post from the shades of Callimachus, on a different kind of protest song ( a fair way down the page, after the Rolling Stones stuff).
How does something like this compare with the music cut in a comfy studio - 'Tenting Tonight', by the way, was more of a concert song which was adopted by the Union soldiers who heard it performed at the battlefield by its composer, concert ballad singer Walter Kittredge, who was deferred from army service. My source says it was so popular in both armies that 'officers had to restrain their men from singing it at night because they would divulge their positions on the field' (Singing Soldiers: A History of the Civil War in Song, Paul Glass and Louis Singer).