DIEHARD Rolling Stones fan Rob Grenfell doesn’t mind missing out on seeing his favourite band play seven times over the coming weeks.
“It’s nothing compared to the loss of a life,” the Warrnambool man said yesterday of the tour cancellation.
Mr Grenfell had tickets to the six Australian concerts and one New Zealand show on the Stones tour that was to have kicked off in Perth last night.
Early yesterday, the tour was postponed following the death of singer Mick Jagger’s girlfriend L’Wren Scott.
Mr Grenfell said fans griping about losing money due to postponement weren’t seeing the bigger picture.
“I’ve only lost a small amount on accommodation so far ... but the reality is that money is (insignificant) compared to someone dying,” he said.
The Warrnambool Cheese & Butter employee had waited until as late as possible on Tuesday afternoon before boarding the train to Melbourne on his way to Perth for what would have been the Wednesday night concert.
“I got as far as Camperdown before I heard it was off,” he said.
“I figured it was going to be cancelled, but I had to hedge my bets.
“I couldn’t imagine (Jagger) going on after what happened.
“And as much as I’d love to see them, under such circumstances ... I mean, who wants to watch them struggling?”
Mr Grenfell knows a thing or two about a Rolling Stones live show. He’s been to 22, all across the globe, including one of the 50 & Counting Tour shows in California last year.
“It’s the Stones — there’s no other band like them and there never will be,” he said of his fanaticism.
“It’s a way of life.
“All the shows have different highlights that stand out. I love every show.
“Seeing them at the Enmore Theatre in Sydney in 2003 was pretty special because it was a small theatre.
“There was a show in Prague at Letna Park, which was an outdoor stadium, where they had a bit of a storm blow through and a famous castle in the background. So there was Keith (Richards) on stage, the castle lit up, and lightning bolts everywhere.
“Even last year was great, where they had Tom Waits come out and duet on Little Red Rooster at Oakland — I’m a huge Tom Waits fan as well.”
Rumours are flying around as to when the Stones will return for the postponed tour, with Mr Grenfell suggesting that with three of the seven venues being outdoors, he may be waiting until late spring or summer.
An email from Mushroom Promotions said “rescheduled dates are being presently worked on for The Rolling Stones’ 14 On Fire Tour of Australia & New Zealand and will be announced as soon as possible”.
“In the meantime, we ask ticket holders to hold on to their tickets until the new dates are announced,” the statement said.