Looks like they spoke to someone at Shanghai Daily by phone. And then the author referred to them in the story as “inimitable front man Mick ‘The Lips’ Jagger and original axe man Keith ‘I’m Still Alive’ Richards,” who was later referred to in the story as “Keef.” Here are their quotes that have something to do with playing in Shanghai:
Jagger: I’m really excited. We all know that Shanghai is a big important city so we wanted to make sure it’s on our itinerary. We don’t want to leave it out. Although China as an economic force has been around … well forever really … as a place for us to play it’s not really been on the map for that long.
Richards: Shanghai? I’ve always wanted to get there. We’re very grateful for being allowed in, we’ll stick our noses in and see what’s happening. … I want to buy some of my own bootlegs … I just want to get a whiff of it and look around and see what’s happening, it’s all brand new to me … China will be a bit of an adventure for us, we’ve never been there before, it’s a first and by now we don’t get many first.
Well, it’s starting to get warm outside, Keith. We’re pretty sure you’ll get a “whiff” of Shanghai.
The Stones play Shanghai’s Grand Stage on Saturday. And, by the way, a Shanghaiist reader wants to sell her ticket.
Also on Shanghaiist:
Are the Rolling Stones headed to Shanghai?
Rolling Stones … Shanghai … April 8
Do the Rolling Stones know they are playing Shanghai?
Extra! Extra! Train tickets, Rolling Stones tickets and crowded graves