They are inseparable from the entire genre of rock ‘n’ roll classics, and were the soundtrack of a generation. The wild darlings of the media, and the collective face of a rowdy time, this group gave modern rock ‘n’ roll a gritty, yet sensitive side.
Last week marked their first gig ever at London’s Marquee Club back in 1962. The show, received with an enthusiastic audience, encouraged the band to continue on into the many shadowy corners of rock ‘n’ roll. It wasn’t long after that fans and media attracted alike catapulting them into stardom: It was all thanks to a hit tune called “Satisfaction.”
The swift rise to fame came unexpected for a once blues cover band. With party mongrels, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, there was never any lack of media attraction, but it was more than that. They represented an “I don’t care” culture of the 60’s. Now, The Stones remain the longest performing rock band of all time. Riding high on the 1960’s ‘British Rock Invasion’ wave, the Beatles’ bad-boy counterpart wound up achieving eight # 1 singles and ten consecutive gold albums in their impressive five decades of rock ‘n’ roll.
They gave us slow, sensual hits like “Beast of Burden,” “Miss You,” “Emotional Rescue,” and of course, the ever-emotional “Wild Horses.” In a risky balance between blues, rock, and grunge, the foursome that led to screeching glam rockers to-come found softness in their records by giving us smashes like, “Paint It, Black,” “Gimme Shelter,” “Honky Tonk Women,” “Sympathy for the Devil,” “It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll (But I Like It),” and so many more.
The Stones, who last toured in 2007, have announced their fall 2012 tour. Here’s to The Rolling Stones revival, and their 50 years of iconic rock ‘n’ roll.