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Friday
Jan042013

Keith Richards Hints Rolling Stones Tour Is Likely

NICHOLAS ROBERTS/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After coming back together for a few gigs, it looks like The Rolling Stones will be touring soon.

According to Keith Richards, it's not a question of if The Rolling Stones will tour -- it's when.

"Really, all you're going to have to do is wait for the announcement," Richards tells Rolling Stone magazine.  

The band was so throughly satisfied with the five 50th anniversary shows they just played in London, New York and New Jersey, that they are ready to hit the road. Mick Jagger says there have been quite a few offers and, "I'm going to see what's on the table and discuss it with everyone."

In a related story, the Coachella Music Festival has hinted that Stones will be this year's headliner.

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Thursday
Jul122012

Rolling Stones Celebrate 50th Anniversary

NICHOLAS ROBERTS/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Today marks the 50th anniversary of The Rolling Stones' very first gig, which took place at the Marquee Club, then one of London's most popular jazz venues.  At the time, the fledgling R&B outfit featured singer Mick Jagger, guitarists Keith Richards and Brian Jones -- the latter of whom was using the stage name Elmo Lewis -- pianist Ian "Stu" Stewart, bassist Dick Taylor and future Kinks drummer Mick Avory. 

The Stones reportedly were encouraged enough by the audience's response that they continued lining up shows in the London area.  As the group's following grew, The Stones' lineup would solidify in the coming months, with Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts signing on as bassist and drummer, respectively.  Superstardom ensued and the rest is, as they say, history.

Author Christopher Andersen, whose just-published biography Mick: The Wild Life and Mad Genius of Jagger has been garnering plenty of media attention, has done extensive research about The Stones' early days and he shared some interesting tidbits with ABC News Radio.

With regard to the band's first concert, Andersen reveals that The Stones apparently didn't overwhelm the Marquee crowd.  He quotes Taylor as saying, "It was a case of instant dislike.  The sight of us, and particularly Mick, was more than they could handle."

Andersen also points out that since the Marquee was a jazz club, most of its clientele "didn't like rockers," while noting, "There were a few people who did in the audience…and before long, people who were fans of rock knew this was the place to come."

The author also reports that the inspiration for Mick's trademark stage moves, immortalized recently in Maroon 5's chart-topping "Moves Like Jagger," came from a surprising source.  Andersen claims that according to Taylor, as well as some club owners from The Stones' early days, "Mick told them he was doing a conscious parody of Marilyn Monroe when he was on stage -- with the pouty lips, the mugging, the swivel-hip thing [and] the playful hair toss."

Meanwhile, with The Stones reaching the half-century mark, Andersen praises the staying power of the band and Jagger in particular.

"When he was 30 years old, Mick Jagger said, 'I'd rather die than be 45 and still singing "Satisfaction,"'" he says.  "And here we are, 50th anniversary of The Stones is today, Mick Jagger turns 69 in a couple of weeks and he's still going strong."

Fans wanting to commemorate The Stones' big anniversary along with the band should log on to RollingStones.com on Thursday, as the site has announced that they'll be hosting a celebration of the event.

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Thursday
May262011

Paul McCartney: Rolling Stones Were Jealous All Beatles Could Sing

Kevin Mazur Archive 1/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Paul McCartney revealed another facet of the long-running rivalry that stood between The Beatles and The Rolling Stones -- the Stones were jealous that all four members of the Beatles could sing. He told the Radio Times that when he spoke to Keith Richards, the guitarist told him he was lucky all of the Fab Four could sing, whereas the Stones only had Mick Jagger as a vocalist.  Macca said, "Mick used to call us the Four-Headed Monster. We would show up at places all dressed the same." 

McCartney also said that the band refused to tour the United States until they had a hit single.  He said, "We saw a lot of British acts go to America, and come back not having had the great success we thought they would have...It was very clear in my mind. We cannot go there until we have cracked it with a record."  That hit would be 1963's "I Wanna Hold Your Hand."

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