All right so they're not the Monkees. But the Rolling Stones were big in the 1960s - and even if they never had their own TV series, they did make a lot of records (their latest is the two-cd collection of hits "40 Licks," which also features 4 new songs, so it appears they've still "got something to say").

Of course for the past two decades the Stones have been a strictly suburban outfit around here playing in Pontiac, Auburn Hills and even Lansing! (Their last show in Detroit was a rare small venue appearance at Masonic Temple on July 6, 1978.) But just like the prodigal Lions, Mick (who's worn his share of Honolulu Blue and Silver jerseys on stage) Keith Ron, and Charlie (Peter and Davy left the band due to musical differences) are finally coming to our town - and all is forgiven.

The band rolls into the spanking new Ford Field, Saturday, Oct. 12 for one night only - making the Motor City just the sixth stop on the  Grayest Rock and Roll Band's 2002/2003 World Tour, which will eventually cross the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia, Mexico and Asia.

Critics attest that the band is in fine form musically, but their popularity seems to have waned a little with the passing years. Stones concerts usually sell out fast, but as of Oct. 6, tix were still available ($50 & $90) - something that isn't true for the 1-3 Detroit Lions six remaining home games. Which means that last second tickets to the Stones concert might be your best chance at getting an inside look at the Lions' new digs this year. Who'd have thunk it?