Aussie audiences can count their lucky (rock) stars
Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones performs live at 02 Arena on November 25, 2012 in London. Photo: Getty Images
So the Rolling Stones have played a few gigs and are hinting at a full-blown world tour. No Australian dates yet, but odds are they will be back Down Under some time next year.
Question: They will all be aged around 70, so will we go and see them?
Answer: In a heartbeat.
OK, they're old and they're not the best looking of individuals. But hey, it's the Stones, they're legends and they know how to rock.
An interesting phenomenon has developed in recent years. More young music fans are flocking to see the truly great pioneers of rock.
Not so long ago, audiences at an old rockers' show would be filled with people mostly about the same age as the musicians on stage.
The young sniggered at the old-timers.
But things have changed somewhat as discerning aficionados of all ages are seeking out more of the roots of the music they love.
It is as if they are searching for wisdom from its source. But young concert goers are just as fussy as ever.
If they're going to see some old codgers in concert they had better be the very best old codgers to have ever picked up a guitar, or to have stood in front of a microphone, or to have sat behind a drum kit.
It's a bit like the growing return to vinyl LPs - it's still a niche market but the clientele are pretty switched on to what they like.
Thankfully, we are currently enjoying that special aligning of the stars that happens once every few years.
By stars we're not talking heavenly bodies; we're talking ageing rock stars.
Purely by happenstance perhaps, every now and then pretty much all of the old international rockers decide to head to Australia about the same time.
We're coming to the end of the first wave - Elton John, Simple Minds, Blondie etc.
But the bigger tsunami hits early next year when from February through to April some of the very biggest names of all time will be heading this way.
Tickets are mostly on sale now and it's suddenly a season of frantic ticket buying and tough decision making such as: ''Do I buy Granny a Christmas present or do I buy myself tickets to Kiss?''
And then maybe, in a twisted attempt at killing two birds with one stone, the self-questioning might morph into: ''I wonder if Granny likes Kiss?''
Chances are the answer to the last question would be ''yes'' because, let's face it, Kiss may well have dated your grandmother way back when.
Coming to a town near you next year are the old perennials such as Deep Purple and Status Quo (let's hope Quo play their Coles supermarket jingle). But there also some true gems - past masters whose contemporary output still impresses - soon to be gracing our shores.
They will attract full houses of young and old music lovers congregating together to soak up their majesty.
At long last, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band are heading back.
Neil Young and Crazy Horse, sounding better than ever, are on the way, too.
Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant, Black Sabbath (with Ozzy!), Santana, Steve Miller - all touring early next year.
And let's not forget Ringo Starr, for anyone who wants to see an actual Beatle in concert (thankfully, he always surrounds himself on stage with the very best of elite musicians).
So, yes please, Mick, Keith, Charlie and Ronnie. Make sure you include Australia in your tour schedule. We don't care how old you are, we know you're rock gods.