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Rolling Stones celebrate 50th anniversary

Tuesday, July 10, 2012 - 02:02

Jul. 10 - 50 years on from their first gig, The Rolling Stones are still going strong and possibly planning another tour. Sarah Mills reports.

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Still going strong. The Rolling Stones have reached the half century mark. 50 years ago on July 12, 1962 the band played their very first gig. Seem here a few years later, with singer Mick Jagger at the helm The Rolling Stones changed the landscape of pop music forever - going on to sell more than 200 million albums worldwide. Alongside Jagger one of the earliest line-ups consisted of guitarists Keith Richards and Brian Jones, with Charlie Watts on the drums and Bill Wyman the bass. By the mid 1960's they scored their first U.S. and British hit with "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" topping the charts in both countries. But it wasn't just their music making headlines, they were known for their bad boy image and rowdy gigs too. Then in 1969 came the shock of Brian Jones' untimely death. A month after quitting the band he was found dead at the bottom of a swimming pool. He was just 27. Ronnie Wood eventually went on to replace him, and in 1978 the new line-up released hit album Some Girls. The Stones were catapulted into the record books in 1989 when their "Steel Wheels" tour earned more than 300 million USD. Perhaps the highest accolade came in 2003 though, when Jagger received his knighthood: SOUNDBITE: Mick Jagger, musician, saying (English): "Well, I mean it's great to get an honour from your own country you know, I've had honours from other countries and I think it also reflects really wonderfully on all the achievements of the Rolling Stones over the last 40 years or almost 40 years, that we've been a band and so I think it's a great something that really reflects well on all of us." And they have continued to achieve over the last decade. 2006 saw more than one million rock fans in Brazil enjoy their concert in Rio one of the biggest gigs the world has seen. As for the future, the band's enduring popularity is underlined by a flurry of speculation about whether or not they will mark this anniversary with a gig. No date has been confirmed, there are also rumours of them hitting the road and touring next year. Sarah Mills, Reuters

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Rolling Stones celebrate 50th anniversary

Tuesday, July 10, 2012 - 02:02