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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.



Biography by Contactmusic.com

The Rolling Stones performing live at London Stadium. Currently on their No Filter tour, the band have invited a number of supporting acts including Liam Gallagher, Florence + The Machine, The Vaccines, The Specials, Richard Ashcroft, Elbow and James Bay - London, United Kingdom - Friday 25th May 2018

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Rolling Stones and Charlie Watts

The Rolling Stones Invite Florence + The Machine And James Bay On Tour


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With the forthcoming second leg of the Rolling Stones 'No Filter Tour' imminent, the band have announced a string of all-star supporting acts to join them on their UK dates. Among them are Florence + The Machine and James Bay. The band will finally complete their expansive tour this summer.

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It's been six months since the Stones completed the first set of European sets on their No Filter tour - which began in Germany in September 2017 - and now they are preparing to hit the road again this Spring. They'll be kicking off at Dublin's Croke Park on May 17th, before a double-billing at London Stadium on May 22th and 25th.

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Charlie Watts "Wouldn't Be Bothered" If The Rolling Stones Were To Split Tomorrow


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He and his colleagues have just announced details of a new British and European tour set for this summer, but Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts has admitted that it “wouldn’t bother” him if the band finished tomorrow.

The 76 year old sticksman, a founder member of the Stones and an ever-present in the band over more than half a century, spoke with The Guardian in a wide-ranging interview on Tuesday (February 27th).

“I love playing the drums and I love playing with Mick and Keith and Ronnie, I don't know about the rest of it. It wouldn't bother me if the Rolling Stones said that's it – enough,” Watts told the interviewer. “I don't know what I would do if I stopped. Keith is a great one for saying once you're going, keep going. The big worry for me is being well enough. We don't work like we used to fortunately. There are huge gaps between each show.”

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The Rolling Stones Announce First Homecoming Shows In Five Years


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With 55 years of touring behind them, it seems there is no stopping veteran rockers The Rolling Stones as they prepare to embark on the UK leg of their No Filter Tour; their first set of UK dates since their 50th anniversary concerts five years ago.

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This Spring, the rock royalty (who are Mick Jagger, Ronnie Wood, Keith Richards and Charlie Watts) will be embarking on their first set of UK dates since their 50 & Counting Tour in 2013, which saw them perform just five dates including Glastonbury Festival.

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Anita Pallenberg, '60s Model And The Rolling Stones' 'Muse', Dies Aged 73


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Anita Pallenberg, the model, actress and the woman frequently credited as being The Rolling Stones’ ‘muse’, has passed away at the age of 73, it has been confirmed.

The German-Italian style icon and ‘It Girl’ of the 1960s and 1970s was also the long-term girlfriend of the Stones’ guitarist Keith Richards, with whom she had three children. She starred alongside the band’s singer Mick Jagger in the hallucinogenic film Performance in 1970, and alongside Jane Fonda in Barbarella in 1968.

Anita PallenbergAnita Pallenberg at the Stones' film 'Crossfire Hurricane' in 2012

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Stars We'd Love To See Join James Corden On Carpool Karaoke UK


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So apparently, James Corden might be bringing his much-loved 'Late Late Show' to the UK, which means a very different calibre of guests for his legendary Carpool Karaoke. He may have his own wish list of potential guests for a UK version, but so do we.

James CordenJames Corden to bring Carpool Karaoke to the UK?

It isn't like he's never had Brits on the segment before, but we think the fact that One Direction, Chris Martin, Adele and Elton John have been amongst some of the most popular Carpool Karaoke videos is reason enough to bring it to the nation fully. 'We do have some stuff planned this year - which might involve being in the UK', he told the Radio Times. It seems only right, given that the 'Late Late Show' skit originated from a 2011 Red Nose Day clip featuring the late George Michael.

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The Rolling Stones - Blue & Lonesome Album Review


It's been a relentlessly cruel year for Rock's old guard, much has been written about the loss of icons in 2016, yet in the dying embers of this musical annus horribilis rather miraculously The Rolling Stones have triumphantly returned. Surely a covers album for their 23rd studio offering can't be their best effort since 1994's Voodoo Lounge? The answer is a resounding yes, by resetting their clock and going all the way back to their humble beginnings this is an utterly re-invigorated band that no longer feels like it's left the glory days a number of decades ago in the rear-view mirror.

The Rolling Stones - Blue & Lonesome Album Review

What's most astonishing about Blue & Lonesome is that by making a modest, rather than grandiose, statement The Stones remind you why you liked them in the first place. While Jagger and Richards appear to have primarily traded on nostalgia for much of the 21st Century, by mining a treasure trove of Chicago Blues standards that will be unknown to younger listeners, they've found the perfect balance between paying homage to the greats and rejuvenating their aging brand. I'm delighted that for once this Stones record isn't a false prophecy of greatness, its intimate scrappy vigour is the real deal.

Kicking off with the gritty 12-bar Blues of Buddy Johnson's 'Just Your Fool' it's clear that the album title isn't a solemn description of what's on offer, rather it's a celebratory description of classic Blues stripped of Mick and Keith's usual bells and whistles. It's like listening to the band in a tiny pub or rehearsal space jamming through some wonderful forgotten songs. The approach is thankfully, short, concise, renditions with everyone staying in their place. There's no Keith lead vocal, no Mick playing guitar, and no overly theatrical vocal acrobatics. That's not to say that Jagger doesn't belt these songs out, but he's concentrating on doing the performances justice whether through his singing or harmonica, rather than putting on a show. It's no surprise that the band knocked out this album in just three days of recording, the rough and ready attitude is the backbone to what's here.

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The Rolling Stones continue their spate of US tour dates with a stop at the Las Vegas at T-Mobile Arena - Nevada, United States - Saturday 22nd October 2016

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Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones performing on the first day of the second weekend of Desert Trip Festival - Indio, CA - Los Angeles, California, United States - Friday 14th October 2016

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Keith Richards and The Rolling Stones

Keith Richards and the other members of The Rolling Stones seen performing at Desert Trip festival at Coachella Valley - Los Angeles, California, United States - Friday 7th October 2016

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Ronnie Wood, Charlie Watts and Keith Richards

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

DVD1 - 'Totally Stripped' Documentary

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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. 

Paul McCartneyPaul McCartney to headline Desert Trip

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 and Jackie St Clair
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Rolling Stones and Jackie St Clair
Rolling Stones and Jackie St Clair
Rolling Stones and Jackie St Clair

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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