Happy 61st Anniversary to The Rolling Stones.
The band formed in London on July 12, 1962. The band played their first show billed as “the Rollin’ Stones” at the Marquee Club in London. At the time, the band was Brian Jones, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ian Stewart, and Dick Taylor. Bill Wyman auditioned for the role of bass guitarist at a pub in Chelsea later that year. He was hired. The classic line-up of the Rolling Stones, with Charlie Watts on drums, played for the first time in public on Saturday, January 12, 1963 at the Ealing Jazz Club. It wasn’t until February 1963 that Watts became the Stones’ permanent drummer. Ronnie Wood joined the crew in 1975.
I am a huge fan of The Rolling Stones, as you all know. I own 154 Rolling Stones T-Shirts and lots of Stones memorabilia. They are my favorite band. I remember hearing their songs on the radio. I was hooked by their sound. Their music was so different from anything else I had ever heard before. It was raw, it was energetic, and unapologetically rock ‘n roll.
As I got older, I learned more about the band and their history. I was fascinated by their rebellious spirit and their willingness to push boundaries. Their music has always been there for me, through good times and bad. They helped me celebrate, commiserate, and simply enjoy life. Their music is more than just entertainment. It is a way of life.
The Rolling Stones are a great live band. I saw them in 1981 at JFK Stadium.