Formed in London in 1962 and still absolutely crushing it more than fifty years later, the Rolling Stones are “The World’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band.” Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989 in what had to be the least controversial decision of all time, the Rolling Stones still put on the best live show on Earth.
Building the World’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band
With more than 200M albums sold and dozens of quintessential hits like “Satisfaction,” “Brown Sugar,” “Street Fighting Man” and “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” The Rolling Stones’ greatest achievement may be their ability to stay relevant for more than five decades.
Childhood friends Mick Jagger and Keith Richards shared a love of blues and R&B music, particularly the work of such luminaries as Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters, whose iconic song “Rollin’ Stone” inspired the band’s name. Together with slide guitarist Brian Jones, Jagger and Richards began a collaboration that would become The Rolling Stones and made their club debut in July of 1962. An eight-month residency followed with the trio joined by drummer Charlie Watts and bassist Bill Wyman.
After a series of hit covers, the Rolling Stones released an original in 1965. “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” sent the Stones into the stratosphere and the all-original Aftermath in 1967 cemented the Stones’ status as a counter-cultural icon. Just five years into their run, their iconic swagger already imbued into every every song they recorded and every live performance they delivered, the Rolling Stones were among the biggest acts in the world.
Global fame, fortune and, occasionally, controversy followed. Their anti-establishment reputations adding to the legend, the Rolling Stones were devastated by the loss of founding member and visionary Brian Jones in 1969. Though many bands might have called it a career at that point, the Rolling Stones, most assuredly, are no ordinary band. That same year, the Stones put out Let it Bleed, considered by many to be their finest album. A critical and commercial triumph, Let it Bleed jockeyed for position at the top of the charts with Abbey Road and Led Zeppelin II. With that kind of soundtrack, it’s no wonder we still talk about the year 1969.
Though the Beatles were done in 1970, the Rolling Stones were just getting started. After soaring through the 70s with albums such as Sticky Fingers, Exile on Main Street and Some Girls (which all went multi-platinum), the Stones took some downtime in the 80s that included a frosting of the key songwriting relationship between Jagger and Richards but the 1989 release of the Steel Wheels album and subsequent mega-tour proved they were still the most potent band of all time.
Do Not Miss a Chance to see the Rolling Stones Live
After celebrating their 50th anniversary in 2012, the Rolling Stones are back on tour with “50 And Counting” and proving, once again, that they’re the World’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band. As if there was any question. Don’t miss guaranteed savings to see the Rolling Stones with tickets from ScoreBig.