May 08, 2002 04:40 PM

In what may be the quote of the year, aging rocker Mick Jagger told a group of reporters in the Bronx Tuesday about the Rolling Stones’s upcoming 40th anniversary tour, “Either we stay at home and become pillars of the community, or we go out and tour. And we couldn’t really find any communities that still needed pillars.” As reported by The New York Times, the group — lead singer Jagger, 58; drummer Charlie Watts, 60; and guitarists Keith Richards, 58, and Ronnie Wood, 54 — emerged from a yellow blimp with their trademark tongue sticking out of red lips painted on the side. The airship had landed at Van Cortlandt Park in the northern New York borough as about 300 fans witnessed their arrival. Jagger told reporters that the one-year, four-continent tour, which is to kick off Sept. 5 in Boston, will be tied to an upcoming greatest hits album that will also contain some new songs. “The tour name will be revealed with the name of the record,” said Jagger, according to The Times. Interjected Richards: “In other words, when we think of it.”

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