Ventura Wants Stones to Play Minn.

By | May 20, 2002 at 12:00 AM

You can’t always get what you want, but Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura hopes if he tries, he can lure the Rolling Stones back to Minnesota.

“You’re not going to be successful unless you try,” he said.

The longtime fan said Friday that as soon as the legislative session wraps up, he’ll turn his attention to rerouting the Stones’ upcoming tour through Minnesota.

“Who knows? This could be their last tour,” he said. “Let’s face it – Keith Richards is no spring chicken. I would just hate to see this be the Stones’ last tour and not have them come to the Twin Cities.”

He said he’ll have his staff look into whom he needs to contact.

“I am going to focus in because I am the only governor in the world who has declared ‘Rolling Stones Day.’ Whether Keith would remember that, I don’t know. That was back in ’99 and sometimes I’m not sure if his memory goes back that far,” he said, laughing.

Ventura issued the declaration in 1999 when the group played in Minneapolis. Mick Jagger said he got a kick out of the proclamation, which praised the Stones as timeless – even Ventura’s congratulations to Richards for being “still alive.”

A former professional wrestler, Ventura was a bodyguard when the Stones came to the Twin Cities in the late 1970s and ’80s.

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