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The Rolling Stones (formed 1962) The Rolling Stones are an English rock band famous for songs such as '(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction', 'Paint It Black' and 'Angie'. They are made up of Mick Jagger, Ronnie Wood, Keith Richards and Charlie Watts.

Formation: The Rolling Stones formed when old friends Keith Richards and Mick Jagger decided to get together musically, before later meeting Brian Jones playing guitar with Blues Incorporated. The full line-up in 1962 became Jagger, Jones, Richards, pianist Ian Stewart, guitarist Mick Taylor and drummer Tony Chapman. Keith Richards has said that Jones came up with the band name when Jazz News called them up and asked, whereby he spotted a Muddy Waters album nearby with the track 'Rollin' Stone'.

Musical career: The band, as Jagger, Richards, Jones, Stewart and bassist Dick Taylor, played their first gig at the Marquee Club in London in 1962 performing songs from artists such as Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley. Bassist Bill Wyman later joined, along with drummer Charlie Watts in 1963 making the line-up: Brian Jones on guita, Ian Stewart on piano, Mick Jagger on vocals, Keith Richards on guitar and vocals, Bill Wyman on bass and Charlie Watts on drums.

Their first official manager was Andrew Loog Oldham who re-dubbed them as the Rolling Stones and dropped Stewart from the line-up. He often promoted the band as a 'nasty version of The Beatles'. The signed with Decca Records who allowed them to use other recording studios and thus they recorded their first album at Regent Sound Studios.

Their first single in 1963 was a cover of Chuck Berry's 'Come On' which they never played live despite it reaching number 21 on the UK singles charts. Their first UK concert tour was supporting Bo Diddley, Little Richard and The Everly Brothers. At the same time, they released second single Lennon and McCartney's 'I Wanna Be Your Man' which reached number 12 and third single Buddy Holly's 'Not Fade Away' reached number 3. Their first number 1 hit in the UK was a cover of Bobby and Shirley Womack's 'It's All Over Now'.

In 1965, they released second album 'The Rolling Stones No. 2' which reached number 1 in the UK and number 5 in the US. Their first original composition to reach number 1 was 'The Last Time' in the same year. Their first international number 1 hit was '(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction' which spent four weeks at the top of the charts in the US. Their album 'Aftermath' reached number 1 in the UK and number 2 in the US and was the first to be entirely original songs.

In 1967, they were alleged as drug users in the News of the World when they accused Mick Jagger of taking Benzedrine tablets and possessing hashish. It was in fact Brian Jones. Keith Richards' home was later raided by the police after a tip off but no arrests were made until later when he and Jagger were charged with drug offences. Jones house was also later raided and he was charged with cannabis possession. Jagger was sentenced to 3 months in prison for possession of amphetamine but it was reduced to a conditional discharge while Richards' 1 year sentence for allowing cannabis to be smoked on his property was overturned.

Jones was fined £1000 and put on 3years' probation. The thank fans for their support, the band released the single 'We Love You' while awaiting their trials. Manager Andrew left while they recorded album 'Their Satanic Majesties Request' in 1967. In 1968, they recorded the event 'The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus' featuring John Lennon, Yoko Ono, The Who, Jethro Tull and Marianne Faithfull but the footage wasn't released until 1996.

In 1969, after the release of album 'Beggars Banquet', Brian Jones mental state and drug use got out of control and he wasn't able to tour with the band after being refused a US visa. He left the band and later drowned in his own swimming pool. The Rolling Stones proceeded to play a free concert in tribute to Jones in Hyde Park, London with an audience of 250,000. The band performed at the Altamont Free Concert in a concert that would be the subject of a huge disaster. The biker gang Hells Angels were asked to provide security but they stabbed and killed fan Meredith Hunter after seeing he had a knife.

In 1970, they formed record company, Rolling Stones Records and their first album on it was UK and US number one 'Sticky Fingers'. Later, they left England for the South of France. Whilst away recording, Richards was called back to France with a warrant for his arrest. They were subsequently banned from performing in various countries. Frustrated with all the complications, Taylor quit the band in 1974 to be replaced by Ronnie Wood who was a salaried employee until Wyman left. Richards was charged again later for importing drugs into Canada and was given a suspended sentence. The band signed a $28 million deal with CBS Records in the midst of their 20th anniversary in 1982.

Jagger and Richards began to drift apart and as a result Jagger signed a solo record deal. In 1985, he recorded alongside David Bowie the number 1 single 'Dancing in the Street' for Live Aid. Later that year, Stewart died of a heart attack and they were given a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award after playing a tribute concert in 1986. In 1989, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Jagger and Richards reconciled.

In 1994 the band released their 20th studio album in Britain and their 22nd In the US entitled Voodoo Lounge. This album is the first one without their long term bassist Bill Wyman as he left the band in 1991. The album debuted at number one in the UK albums chart and won a Grammy Award for Best Rock Album. In 2009 the album was remastered and re-distributed by Universal Music.

On 24th September 1997 the band released their Bridges to Babylon album which comes as there 21st British studio album. This was the final album for the band in the 90's and sold 1.1 million copies in the US. The Stones then embarked on their Bridges to Babylon Tour in the same year with an immense 108 shows.

In 2005 the Stones released their 22nd studio album on Virgin Records entitled A Bigger Bang. This gap of eight years is the longest the band have gone between recording studio albums. The album made it to number two in the UK album chart and number three on the US Billboard 200.

Their 50th anniversary took place in 2012 and they played five concerts across the world.



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Mick Jagger To Become A Father For The Eighth Time At 72


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Sir Mick Jagger is expecting his eighth child at age 72, a representative for the Rolling Stones frontman has confirmed. Mick’s girlfriend, 29-year-old Melanie Hamrick, is said to be three months pregnant and the couple are “surprised and happy” at the news of the pregnancy.

Mick JaggerMick Jagger is to become a dad again for the eighth time.

Speaking to The Sun, a source close to Hamrick said: “This is great news. It will be Mick’s eighth child and nothing fazes him. He’s been incredibly supportive. She’s very bright, intelligent, sparky and has her own ideas about how she wants to lead her life.”

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Rolling Stones Totally Stripped Trailer


In 1995 The Rolling Stones released an album called Stripped. It featured a number of (predominantly acoustic) covers of their own material and some of their favourite songs to play to support the release of the album they played 3 intimate gigs. Now the band has released footage of the studio recording process along with a number of interview snippets and numerous on stage performances from three of their European dates in 1995: The Paradiso in Amsterdam, L'Olympia in Paris and Brixton Academy in London in July.

CD Track Listing:
Not Fade Away - Amsterdam / Honky Tonk Women - Paris / Dead Flowers - Amsterdam / Faraway Eyes- London / Shine A Light - Amsterdam / I Go Wild - Paris / Miss You - London / Like A Rolling Stone - Amsterdam / Brown Sugar - Paris / Midnight Rambler - London / Jumpin' Jack Flash - Paris / Gimme Shelter - Amsterdam / Rip This Joint - Amsterdam / Street Fighting Man - Amsterdam

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The Rolling Stones Have Hit Out At Donald Trump For Using Their Music


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It seems that there is nothing left to stop Donald Trump becoming the US Republican presidential candidate but his rise to political dominance continues to aggravate many including the Rolling Stones who have asked the celebrity businessman to stop using their songs.

The Rolling StonesThe Rolling Stones have hit out at Donald Trump's use of their songs

The band has said that Trump does not have permission to use the songs and have requested that he stop doing so.

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Paul McCartney And The Rolling Stones To Play One-Off Desert Trip Festival


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If you're going to attend one US music festival this year, make it Desert Trip. With an incredible old school rock 'n' roll line-up featuring Paul McCartney and The Rolling Stones, this could be one of the most memorable shows you'll ever get to experience. 

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Without wishing to overwhelm you, Desert Trip Festival offers six massive headliners; all pioneering legends of the 60s and 70s; who will perform over the course of the three-day event from sundown. They are The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and His Band (Friday), Paul McCartney, Neil Young + Promise of the Real (Saturday), Roger Waters and The Who (Sunday).

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Mick Jagger In Favour Of Quitting EU


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Rolling Stones legend Mick Jagger has given the ‘Brexit’ campaign an unexpected boost by saying that leaving the EU could be in Britain’s long-term interest.

The singer was speaking at the launch of the group’s new ‘Exhibitionism’ art installation at the Saatchi Gallery in London on Sunday evening (April 3rd). When asked by Sky News about the issue tearing Britain’s political parties apart, he claimed that although he didn’t feel the question would affect him personally either way, he felt that it might be beneficial for Britain after some initial turbulence.

Rolling StonesMick Jagger with the rest of the Rolling Stones at the opening of 'Exhibitionism' at the Saatchi Gallery

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Jackie St Clair - Jackie St Clair poses for pictures wearing a Rolling Stones jacket whilst on her way to attend the opening night gala of The Rolling Stones 'Exhibitionism' at London - London, United Kingdom - Monday 4th April 2016

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Rolling Stones, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood, Mick Jagger , Charlie Watts - Opening Night Gala of The Rolling Stones 'Exhibitionism' at the Saatchi Gallery - Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Monday 4th April 2016

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Trinny Woodhall - Rolling Stones Exhibitionism arrivals at The Saatchi Gallery in London - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 5th April 2016

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Rolling Stones and Trinny Woodhall
Rolling Stones and Trinny Woodhall

Rolling Stones, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood, Charlie Watts , Mick Jagger - Opening Night Gala of Rolling Stone's 'Exhibitionism' at the Saatchi Gallery. - London, United Kingdom - Monday 4th April 2016

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Rolling Stones , Keith Richards - Opening Night Gala of Rolling Stone's 'Exhibitionism' at the Saatchi Gallery. - London, United Kingdom - Monday 4th April 2016

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Mick Jagger Wishes He'd Been In Touch With David Bowie In Days Before His Death


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Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger has opened up on his sadness following the death of David Bowie in January. Jagger and Bowie had been friends for decades, but had not seen much of each other over the past few years. Speaking to The Mirror, Jagger revealed he wishes he'd contacted Bowie in the days before his passing.

Mick JaggerMick Jagger was ‘very upset’ over the death of friend David Bowie.

Jagger said he was in New York’s Greenwich Village, just a short walk from Bowie’s apartment, when he learned of the music legend’s death from terminal liver cancer. “I was listening to his album before he died and ahead of it coming out,” Jagger said.

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Bill Wyman Undergoing Treatment For Prostate Cancer At 79


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Former Rolling Stones member Bill Wyman has been diagnosed with prostate cancer at the age of 79 according to recent reports, but, before you start worrying about losing another rock legend this year, thankfully he's expected to make a full recovery following his treatment program. 

Bill WymanBill Wyman on the road to recovery after shock diagnosis

The one-time bassist of the world's most loved ongoing rock band the Rolling Stones will not be beaten by his shocking new diagnosis as he undergoes treatment to beat the disease. A spokesperson revealed that the situation isn't thought to be too serious, however, given that doctors have managed to catch the cancer early on. 

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The Rolling Stones Confirm Open Air Concert In Cuba


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The Rolling Stones are set to become the first British band to play an open air concert in Cuba after it was announced that they’ll be hosting a free gig during Easter week at the end of March.

The news was confirmed on Tuesday (March 1st) in the communist country’s official newspaper Granma, after a Cuban TV station’s Facebook page posted it last Friday. The rock legends will be playing at Ciudad Deportiva, a sports complex in the capital city of Havana, on March 25th.

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Keith Richards Thinks Drugs 'Never Did Anything' For His Creativity


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Rolling Stones wildman Keith Richards has said he never felt drugs did anything for his creativity. Appearing on BBC Radio 4’s 'Desert Island Discs', the 71 year old discussed his lengthly career, as well as the death of his infant son in 1976 and his decision to play a show just two hours after hearing the news.

Keith RichardsKeith Richards has said drugs never did anything for his creativity.

Speaking about his drug use Richards told Young, "I have never felt it did anything for my creativity. It kept me up a lot at nights looking for the stuff. It was something that I had to stop because I realised there are experiments that go on too long.”

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Kanye West’s VMA 2015 Speech & Four Other Of His Most Bizarre Speeches


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In case you missed it, earlier this week, Kanye West announced he plans to run for President of the United States in 2020. This isn’t the first time West has shocked audiences with his outlandish claims so, in celebration of West’s oratory, we’ve compiled a short list of his most wonderfully bizarre speeches to date.

Kim Kardashian and Kanye WestKim Kardashian and Kanye West at the VMAs in Los Angeles on 30th August.

Read More: Kanye West Will Perform 808s & Heartbreak Album In Full During L.A. Show.

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