THE Rolling Stones are still going strong because they have never lost their love of music.

All in their late fifties and early sixties, the four bandmembers are still obsessed with music - and guitarist Keith Richards is convinced that's what keeps them so strong.

He says, "It's that fascination with music that is still the core of the band.

"CHARLIE (WATTS) sits around and talks about this fantastic (JOHN) COLTRANE solo. Thank God, it's the one thing that hasn't left us. You can get disillusioned with the state of the world, but the music's still OK."