The Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones need no introduction. Spanning over half a century, they are simply one of the greatest British rock ‘n’ roll bands of all time. The current band consists of Mick “the lips” Jagger (lead vocalist), childhood friend Keith Richards (guitar, vocals), drummer Charlie Watts and guitarist Ronnie Wood. The original band formed in 1962 included other band members, Brian Jones (guitar, harmonica), Ian Stewart (piano) and bassist Bill Wyman.
The band name was chosen after a spontaneous moment of seeing the track-name on the Muddy Water EP and was the first step on their path to fame and success. In the 1960’s The Rolling Stones did small gigs at various venues and their first hit single was a cover of Chuck Berry's "Come On" which reached 21 in the UK Singles Chart. Their first tour was supporting stars at the time, Bo Diddley, Little Richard and The Everly Brothers and it was on tour they wrote the hits "I Wanna Be Your Man", Buddy Holly's "Not Fade Away".
Living up to their hedonistic and extroversive lifestyle, The Rolling Stones caused havoc on American variety show The Ed Sullivan Show and were subsequently banned from the show. They went on to secure their fifth hit single, a cover of Willie Dixon's "Little Red Rooster" which reached number 2 in the charts. After the release of their second UK LP and US version, Rolling Stones tickets were astronomically popular, with the band playing to 100,000 people over 34 shows across Australasia in just two months during 1965. The band could do no wrong and continued to have tremendous success, releasing a succession of hit singles and albums: Their Satanic Majesties Request, Beggars Banquet, the legendary "You Can't Always Get What You Want" and "Gimmie Shelter” from Let It Bleed.
Following a tempestuous time throughout the 1960’s and the departure of Brian Jones, the 1970’s saw a massive change for The Rolling Stones. Moving to the south of France due to an ongoing legal battle in the UK, The Rolling Stones went on to produce some of their best works, Exile on Main St. – reaching number 1 across both sides of the Atlantic, Goats Head Soup and Black and Blue also did exceptionally well, and their 1975 Tour of the Americas saw the now infamous theatrics of Mick Jagger and the band performing at their best.
In 1982, The Rolling Stones tour moved stateside and with the success across the Atlantic, the shows were brought over to Europe but, by 1991 the Mick Jagger/Keith Richards relationship was failing and a new era of the band was to begin. Ian Stewart sadly departed the band before he got the chance to see the band received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
The 1990’s saw the band take on solo projects with great success and come together to record further Rolling Stone albums throughout the 2000’s. The Rolling Stones live shows were still pulling in massive crowds and saw the group carry out a huge transatlantic tour in 2005 and perform a half-time show at Super Bowl XL in Detroit, Michigan.
In October 2011, The Rolling Stones released a number of cinema productions and DVDs of their live tours and in November 2011 re-released "Some Girls". Keith Richard received the Norman Mailer Prize for Distinguished Biography by former President Bill Clinton.
Rumours of The Rolling Stones reuniting for their 50th anniversary began circulating in 2011, and on 15th October 2012, the band announced two date at The O2 Arena, London on November 25th and 29th 2012 and December 13th and 15th December 2012 in the US.