Rolling Stones Information

The Rolling Stones may very well be the most recognizable name in Rock and Pop history. Others will also call them the greatest Rock n Roll band of all time. Regardless of what you think of them, you can't argue with their longevity. 2011 marked the 50th anniversary of the Rolling Stones as a band.

Originally a rhythm and blues band, the Rolling Stones began experimenting with different musical styles in the late 60's. Contemporaries such as the Beatles, The Who, and The Kinks, all had an influence on the Stones musical direction at the time. Unlike their contemporaries however, the Rolling Stones always seemed to be on the darker side of popular music tastes. They were in some respects the antithesis of fellow British invasion group the Beatles.

The band's full members have been Mick Jagger (lead vocals, harmonica), Keith Richards (guitar, vocals), Charlie Watts (drums) and Ronnie Wood (guitarist). The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted the Rolling Stones and said that their "critical acclaim and popular consensus had accorded them the title of the World's Greatest Rock and Roll Band." Also, Rolling Stone magazine ranked them 4th on their "100 Greatest Artists of All Time" list. Billboard magazine ranked the Stones at No. 10 on "the Billboard Top All-Time Artists" in 2008 as the band was the second most successful group in the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

The Stones were popular in Europe but then after the mid-1960s British Invasion, became successful in North America as well. They have released twenty-four studio albums in the U.S., eleven live albums, and numerous compilations. They produced a streak of eight consecutive studio albums to reach No. 1 in the U.S. starting with their 1971 album, "Sticky Fingers." Their most recent album, "A Bigger Bang," was released in 2005.

Well into their 60's the remaining members of the Rolling Stones have refused to slow down. The band celebrated their 50th anniversary in the summer of 2012 with the release of a book entitled '50' in commemoration of the event. On September 4 the Rolling Stones announced that a new compilation album, "GRRR!," will be released on November 12. It will include two new tracks, "Doom and Gloom" and "One Last Shot."

On October 15, the Rolling Stones announced on YouTube and their website that they will return to the stage this year with four concerts in Britain and the United States. The shows will be held at London's O2 Arena on November 25 and 29 and at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey on December 13 and 15. Contact Ace with any Rolling Stone ticket needs!