The Rolling Stones are one of the most successful bands ever. They originally formed in 1962 and are still touring forty-six years later. Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were among the original band members shortly followed by Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts.
Brian Jones and Ian Stewart originally formed the band. Mick Jagger joined at the beginning as their lead singer. Brian Jones died in 1969 by misadventure and Ian Stewart died of a heart attack in 1985.
Probably one of there most famous singles, which catapulted The Rolling Stones to stardom was there hit single in 1965 “I Can’t Get No Satisfaction”. Mick jagger and Keith Richards song writing partnership would ensure that they would sell upwards of 200 million albums.
Memorabilia and merchandise
With all this music history from The Rolling Stones, memorabilia and merchandise is plentiful. If you are a fan of The Rolling Stones, you will have no trouble finding posters, photos and original autographs of band members and compared to The Beatles memorabilia, it’s surprisingly cheap.
So what are the Rolling Stones up to in 2008?
They have just finished a film documentary directed by Martin Scorsese called “Shine a Light” about The Rolling Stones and starring The Rolling Stones with footage from their “A Bigger Bang” tour. The “A Bigger Bang” tour was a world tour and started in August 2005 and finished in August 2007. The tour is reported to have earned over 500 million dollars. Not bad for a bunch of pensioners.
In 2008 they also left the EMI recording company and signed with Universal Music which can only mean there are more Rolling Stones albums on the way and considering that Mick Jagger just turned 65 and Charlie Watts is 67 its makes you wonder where they get their motivation from, they certainly don’t need the money.
Is there really going to be a Rock & Roll band with members in their seventies. There’s only four more years to go before they can celebrate fifty years of the Rolling Stones. Mick Jagger has been quoted has saying he and the other band members have no intention of retiring and they want to make more albums and do more tours.
There is obviously still a great deal of interest in the Rolling Stones if the earning for the “A Bigger Bang” tour are anything to go by and I hope they carry on. As a musician myself I see them as a great inspiration. Being in a Rock & Roll band used to be a young mans game. Not any more.