Rolling Stones define rock 'n' roll. They are the longest running act in the
history of rock music, having remained wildly popular and prodigiously
productive over their 30-year career. The group was formed by Mick Jagger and
Keith Richards, who met as schoolmates in Dartford, Kent. The legend has them
bumping into each other on the platform at Dartford railway station, where
Keith notices a blues album under Mick's arm. A bond is struck immediately and
the pair go on to form a band with a variety of personnel, who eventually
include a boogie-woogie pianist called Ian Stewart and a gifted blonde blues
guitarist from Cheltenham called Brian Jones (although at the time he is
calling himself Elmo Lewis for added authenticity). The best way to chronicle
the Rolling Stones' accomplishments is to break it down by year:
Stones are just three of a growing circle of musicians who were devoted to the
music of American artists like Chuck Berry, Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters and
Elmore James. They perform these artists' songs with an almost missionary zeal
to further the R&B cause, as well as earn enough money to stay alive. For
some months, the impoverished early Stones live in squalor in London's Edith
Grove. They beg gigs from older, jazz-tinged luminaries like Chris Barber,
Cyril Davies and Alexis Korner, yet such is the Stones' raw energy and rapid
development, they soon leave behind the somewhat purist and divided world of
the jazz and blues establishment.
July, the Stones take their name from a Muddy Waters song called 'Rollin'
Stone Blues' and make their live debut at London's Marquee Club (minus
Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts). They start playing pubs and clubs around the
city and suburbs. Bill Wyman joins late in the year -- the popular story being
that he was asked because he had his own amplifier!
January, Charlie Watts joins the Stones and plays his first gigs. The band gigs
constantly with residencies at venues like Ealing Jazz Club, Ken Colyer's
Studio 51 and Eel Pie Island in Twickenham. Audiences often consist of fellow
budding blues musicians like Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton and Pete Townshend. Their
weekly steamy nights at the Crawdaddy at Richmond's Station Hotel result in
ecstatic press reviews, and in April a sharp young mover called Andrew Loog
Oldham catches the Stones at the Crawdaddy and signs them to his management
company the next day. He starts the 'Would you let your daughter marry a
Rolling Stone' press campaign which endears the group to hordes of
youngsters who find the Beatles a tad cute. The shockwaves are still being felt
May, the Stones are signed to Decca Records by an A&R man infamous for
turning down the Beatles. A month later 'Come On,' the first Rolling
Stones single, is released. An older generation recoils in horror as the group
performs the song on England's top pop TV show 'Thank Your Lucky
Stars.' The song -- an obscure Chuck Berry cover -- climbs to No. 21 on
the U.K. charts. The second single, 'I Wanna Be Your Man,' is given
to the group by John Lennon and Paul McCartney after they run into the Stones
on the street. They finish writing it on the spot. That reaches No. 12. Live
gigs are already attracting hordes of screaming teenage girls who drown out the
group start the year on their first major package tour supporting America's
Ronettes, the girl group produced by Phil Spector. In January, the Rolling
Stones EP -- four covers of current U.S. rock'n'soul classics -- appears. In
February, they release a third single, a version of Bo Diddley's 'Not Fade
Away,' which features Phil Spector on maracas.
now the Stones are becoming a ferocious R&B machine. They ditch the stage
uniforms, grow their hair longer and inspire a legion of lookalikes. No group
in history has sparked such horror in the older generation. 'Not Fade
Away' becomes the Stones' first Top 10 entry, hitting No. 3. The first
album immediately sparks controversy for being untitled and featuring no
writing on the cover. It reaches No.1. The record mainly consists of raw,
feisty covers by heroes like Chuck Berry and Willie Dixon. It also features the
first bona fide Jagger/Richards composition, 'Tell Me,' which was
written after Andrew Oldham locked them in his kitchen with the intent of
writing some songs. In April, there's teen mayhem when they play the NME
Pollwinners' Concert at Wembley Arena.
June, the band's cover of the Valentinos' 'It's All Over Now' becomes
the Stones' first No.1 and gold record. It was recorded at Chicago's legendary
Chess studios -- home of Muddy Waters and other Stones heroes -- during the
group's first visit to the States that month. The Stones go on to predate the
dance music explosion by 25 years and headline their fan club's 'All Night
Rave' at London's Alexandra Palace, which also features John Lee Hooker and
winds down at 6:30 a.m.
August, more Chess material appears on the Five By Five EP, and November caps
an eventful year with another chart-topper -- a cover of Willie Dixon's
'Little Red Rooster.'
momentum continues -- as does the band's superhuman schedule -- with a second
chart-topping album, Rolling Stones Number 2. In February, the single 'The
Last Time' (the first A-side to be written by Mick and Keith) also hits
August '(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction' sweeps the world and becomes
one of the biggest Stones anthems ever. Keith says he woke up in the middle of
the night in a motel room with that riff in his head and had to whack it down
there and then. The following month sees the release of the Got Live If You
Want It EP -- a noisy record of the live show recorded over the first three
days of the March U.K. tour. The Out Of Our Heads album, recorded between U.S.
dates and featuring a bunch of Jagger/Richards gems, is released in July. The
chart topping 'Get Off My Cloud' puts the cap on another
sees the single '19th Nervous Breakdown,' followed by the
ground-breaking, chart-vaulting Aftermath album, on which the Stones start to
experiment with different instruments and 11-minute tracks. Every song is
written by Mick and Keith. In May, the expansion of the Stones' sound continues
on the number one 'Paint It Black' single, where Brian's sitar rides
the pummelling beat. September's 'Have You Seen Your Mother Baby, Standing
In The Shadows?' single sees the group's first dabblings with full-on
psychedelia. October sees the group's last U.K. tour for three years (with Ike
& Tina Turner supporting).
Between The Buttons album sees a further flowering of the psychedelically
inclined studio experimentation expanding the Stones' current whimsical English
pop music. In February, Mick and Keith are arrested when Keith's Redlands home
is raided by the police. Thus starts the run of high-profile court appearances
that divide the nation's generations and are widely believed to be part of some
greater conspiracy to silence the unbelievably powerful Stones. But despite all
the charges hurled against Jagger, Richards and Jones, no Stone went to jail
for any extended period.
the bust, the Stones tour Europe to literally riotous responses in many cases,
and headline the massively popular 'Sunday Night At The London
Palladium' TV show, where they perform the already-controversial
'Let's Spend The Night Together' single and its genteel flip
'Ruby Tuesday.' They spark further outrage by refusing to ride on the
silly roundabout at the end of the show.
August, the hastily assembled 'We Love You' single is released to
thank the public for their support during the Jagger/Richards trials. Lennon
and McCartney pop up on backing vocals while Mick and girlfriend Marianne
Faithful return the favor by joining in with the Beatles 'All You Need Is
Love' for the 'Our World' simultaneous satellite TV broadcast.
In December, the highly experimental Their Satanic Majesties Request album
baffles many with its extended psychedelic explorations, but still hits the top
three. Much attention is focused on its three-dimensional sleeve.
May, the Stones make a surprise appearance at the end of the NME Pollwinners'
Concert. It is immediately obvious that the group have returned to their blues
roots as they tear into the new 'Jumpin' Jack Flash' single and
'Satisfaction.' After the uncertainty of the previous year the Stones
are back to claim their crown as Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Band In The World.
'Jumpin' Jack Flash' is released later that month and pole vaults to
the top. The Beggars Banquet album is supposed to follow in August, but Decca
objects to the Stones' graffiti-splattered toilet wall sleeve and it finally
emerges in a plain white cover in December. The album launch party ends up with
the Stones hurling custard pies in the faces of Decca executives. The album
itself shows a new maturity and bluesy raunch, as well as the dark and
dangerous image epitomized by 'Sympathy For The Devil.'
a meeting with other band members, Brian leaves the Stones on June 8, saying he
wants to form a new group. A few days later the Stones hold a photo call in
London's Hyde Park to introduce their new guitarist, Mick Taylor, who was
formerly in John Mayall's Bluesbreakers. He will make his live debut with the
Stones at a free concert to be held in the park on July 5, and plays on the
upcoming single, 'Honky Tonk Women'/'You Can't Always Get What
July 3, Brian Jones is found dead in his swimming pool in Sussex. The Hyde Park
gig becomes a memorial for Brian and the group unveil their new songs. The
classic bar room raunch of 'Honky Tonk Women' is unleashed a week
later and shoots to No. 1.
chart-topping Let It Bleed album is released in December and turns out to be
another feast of apocalyptic blues ('Gimme Shelter'), salacious
melodrama ('Midnight Rambler') and more tales from the darkside. The
Stones embark on their first U.S. tour since 1966 and, in the new climate of
audiences who sit and listen, find the new live power and sense of occasion
which remains with them to this day. The U.S. tour climaxes in December with
the tragic Altamont Speedway concert.
years after it was filmed, Mick Jagger's movie debut in Nic Roeg and Donald
Cammell's Performance finally gets released. Jagger plays reclusive rock star
Turner. It's accompanied by a soundtrack to which Mick contributed 'Memo
September, a live album of the previous year's Madison Square Garden show New
York, Get Yer Ya-Yas Out, hits No. 1. It's initially designed as an official
alternative to the Stones bootlegs starting to appear. The 1969 tour also
results in the movie, Gimme Shelter.
Stones, whose contract with Decca has expired, launch their Rolling Stones
Records imprint with the mighty double header of 'Brown Sugar' and
'Bitch,' which continue to push the barriers and court controversy
with their lyrics. The band undertake a farewell tour of the U.K. as they
prepare to go into tax exile in the south of France. In April the mothership
album, Sticky Fingers, appears with a sleeve designed by Andy Warhol, which depicts
a mystery groin complete with adjustable zipper! While the rock 'n' roll is
sleazier than ever, a beautifully damaged haze hangs over tracks like
'Sister Morphine' and 'Wild Horses,' which features the
country influence of Keith's new mate, Gram Parsons from the Flying Burrito
April, the Top Five hit 'Tumbling Dice' is the first single to
trailer the upcoming double album Exile On Mainstreet, recorded in the basement
of Keith's house in the south of France. The album is derided at the time for
sprawling self-indulgence, but Keith is always glad to point out that it is now
held up among the band's most enduring work.
Stones tour the States -- described by organizer Pete Rudge as 'not like a
rock 'n' roll tour, more like the Normandy landing.' It sees the group
setting a standard of the grand spectacle required for stadium gigs.
August, the balladic 'Angie' trailers the more melodic Goats Head
Soup album, recorded in Jamaica; stirring it up with the controversial
'Starfucker' finale. The tour hits Europe, including a spectacular
stretch at Wembley Arena.
Top 10 single, 'It's Only Rock'n'Roll,' started life in Ronnie Wood's
South London home studio, with David Bowie on backing vocals and the Faces'
Kenny Jones on drums. The roughhouse rock feel is continued on the album of the
same name, although the highlight could be considered the haunting ballad,
'Time Waits For No One.'
Stones/Wood connection becomes closer when Keith appears on most of Ronnie's
first solo album, I've Got My Own Album To Do, and both Mick Taylor and Jagger
guest. Keith appears with Ronnie at his Kilburn State gig in July. In December
Mick Taylor quits to pursue a solo career.
much speculation and a string of recording sessions-cum-auditions in Munich,
which eventually give birth to the Black and Blue album, the Stones announce
Mick Taylor's replacement -- Ronnie Wood. (Candidates who didn't get past the
jamming phase include Jeff Beck, Peter Frampton and Rory Gallagher). Ronnie has
already taken leave from the Faces to tour with the Stones, and Keith admits he
nearly asked him to join back when Brian left.
and Blue is released in April and features those guest spots from guitarists
Harvey Mandel, Wayne Perkins and the successful Mr. Wood. 'Fool to
Cry' is the single and makes the Top 10. That summer, the group tour and
appear straddling an unfolding lotus stage complete with giant inflatable penis
and Tarzan rope for Mick.
February, Keith and Anita Pallenberg are busted in Toronto, where the Stones
are playing some low-key club dates to record for an upcoming live album.
October's Love You Live double album features songs from the previous tour and
a side from the Toronto gigs at the El Mocambo club.
dance music-influenced 'Miss You' (one of the early 12' singles)
hits the number one spot in the U.S. The Some Girls LP follows. Originally
called Some More Fast Numbers, some say the charged energy level is influenced
by the recent punk rock explosion. In fact, the next single,
'Respectable,' shows the group commenting on their new status as
'pillars of society' -- before slamming into brief acquaintance
Margaret Trudeau, the Stones-slumming wife of the Canadian Prime Minister.
Stones tour America to wildly enthusiastic audiences and equally ecstatic
reviews. All stage props have been stripped back, to allow room for the new
energy coursing through the group with a totally integrated Ronnie Wood and
fully-cylindered Keith Richards.
releases a third solo album, Gimme Some Neck, which again features Keith and
Mick. In April, the Stones join together to support Keith, doing a set for the
Benefit Concert for the blind which honors the Toronto court's sentencing
commitment. Keith then joins Ronnie for the New Barbarians tour. The Barbs
appear at the Knebworth Festival supporting Led Zeppelin.
June a new single, the reggae and disco-tinged 'Emotional Rescue,'
trailers the album of the same name and hits the Top 10.
sees 'Start Me Up' motor into the Top 10 as a slashing kickstart
trailer for the upcoming album, Tattoo You, which also includes the warm
follow-up single, 'Waiting On A Friend.' The Stones undertake the
first of periodic mega-tours which sees them astride a colossal stadium-stage,
complete with hydraulic platforms and huge avant garde paintings.
Stones tour hits Europe, including several nights at London's Wembley Stadium.
In June, the Stones release Still Life, a live album drawn from the '81
American gigs along with the group's cover of 'Going To A Go Go.'
August and in typical Stones fashion, an agreement is reached and signed at
3:00 a.m. in Paris' Ritz Hotel by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and CBS head
Walter Yetnikoff. The deal is reportedly worth 28 million dollars and calls for
the Stones to deliver four studio albums.
October, the 'Undercover Of The Night' single is unveiled with the
theme of South American political unrest dominating an epic video directed by
Julian Temple. Mick's execution scene stirs some controversy while Keith sports
a skull mask and a gun. The single reached the Top 10, as did the album with
its peel-the-stickers-off-the-stripper sleeve.
February, the Stones are in Paris recording Dirty Work at Pathe-Marconi Studio.
Mick Jagger releases his first solo album, She's The Boss. In June he duets
with David Bowie on the specially recorded version of 'Dancing In The
Street' for Live Aid. Mick also appears at the all-day event in
Philadelphia, singing a saucy duet with Tina Turner in which he whips off her
skirt. It's his first ever live solo set performed in front of 1.5 billion
viewers. Later that day, Keith and Ronnie flank Bob Dylan for an acoustic set
to close the show at JFK Stadium. Three months later, Keith and Ronnie repeat
their acoustic act, backing Bono for a version of 'Silver And Gold,'
which appears on the Artists United Against Apartheid album.
that year, the Stones begin work on a new album. Near the end of the sessions
-- which the group later admit were not their most harmonious -- their road
manager, soul brother and 'Sixth Stone' Ian Stewart dies of a massive
heart attack in London at the age of 47. Ian had been with the group since the
start and still played piano on stage. 'We all felt the glue had come
unstuck,' says a grieving Keith.
Shuffle' -- a cover of Bob & Earl's 1964 hit featuring soul legend
Bobby Womack on backing vocals -- is released in March and hits the Top 20. The
Dirty Work album follows and is dedicated to Ian Stewart. It closes with one of
Keith's most moving ballads, 'Sleep Tonight.' Again there is no tour
although Charlie takes the big band across the States later that year and
repeats the exercise during lulls in the Stones' schedule from then on.
records his first solo album for Virgin Records at Montreal's Le Studio. Taylor
Hackford's Chuck Berry tribute, Hail! Hail! Rock'N'Roll, opens in October.
Keith is the musical director of the movie, which features performances by
Chuck Berry, Eric Clapton, Etta James, Julian Lennon, Robert Cray and Richards
releases his second solo album, Primitive Cool, and enjoys an hugely successful
tour of Japan and Australia. In September, Keith's debut album, Talk Is Cheap,
is released. He follows this with a three-week sold-out tour of the U.S. with
his back-up band, the X-Pensive Winos. 'Take It So Hard' is the first
single and video released.
October 16th, Keith, whose house in Jamaica suffered hurricane damage, guests
at the 'Smile Jamaica' hurricane relief benefit concert at the
Dominion Theater, London. He plays two songs with U2-- 'Love Rescue Me'
and 'When Love Comes To Town.'
the start of the year, the Rolling Stones are inducted into the Rock and Roll
Hall Of Fame. Mick, Keith, Ron and Mick Taylor are present at the ceremony held
at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York. The absence of Wyman and presence of Taylor
sparks rumors that the Stones will tour with Taylor replacing Wyman, and Ron
Wood will move to the bass. Pete Townshend helps induct the Stones, telling
them in his speech, 'Guys, whatever you do, don't try to grow old gracefully.
It wouldn't suit you.' Mick replies in his own speech: 'After a
lifetime of bad behavior, it's slightly ironic that tonight you see us on our
best behavior.' Mick, Keith, Ronnie, and Mick Taylor join the now-expected
all-star jam session, during which Mick duets with Tina Turner on 'Honky
Tonk Women,' and with Little Richard on 'Can't Turn You Loose'
and 'Bony Moronie.' He then brings down the house with 'Start Me
releases his second video 'Make No Mistake,' directed by Paula Grief,
from Talk Is Cheap in March. In May, he is presented with the 'Living
Legend Award' at the International Rock Awards.
Mick and Keith meet at Eddy Grant's studio in Barbados to see if they can still
write songs together. Before the meeting, there's speculation as to whether the
two can still remain in the same room. Two months later, they have 12 new tunes
ready, plus the usual welter of unfinished ideas. Working like they did on the
classic albums of the '60's and '70's -- from the groundfloor and building --
they come out with a string of gems, which are then honed and bashed into shape
by the whole group at George Martin's AIR Studios in Montserrat with Chris
Kimsey co-producing. The band whack everything down live in five weeks, with
mixing to follow in London.
July, the Rolling Stones hold a press conference at New York's Grand Central
Station to announce their forthcoming Steel Wheels tour and album. Mick holds
up a ghetto blaster and plays the new 'Mixed Emotions' single to the
assembled world media. It's released in August and puts the group back onto the
Wheels is a Stones classic. A complete album of new stuff, as opposed to
touched up old demos like much of the late-'70's and '80's output. The sound is
raw and bristling on tracks like the first single, 'Mixed Emotions,'
but the album also proves the band can still deliver gorgeous ballads like
'Almost Hear You Sigh,' or Keith's lovely 'Slippin' Away.'
the album is generally acclaimed as the group's best in years, the group make
it a double whammy with the awesome scope and spectacle of the 'Steel
Wheels' tour. The stage set is the biggest ever, a surreal post-nuclear
nightmare factory, all girders, funnels and catwalks bathed in ferocious
lighting and walls of fire and smoke. The set straddles the Stones' entire
career in over two hours with every song a piece-de-resistance -- from the
giant inflatable 'Honky Tonk Women' to Mick's materialization one
hundred feet above the stage for 'Sympathy.' The group play like
their lives depend on it, and also like they were having a total blast.
in Philadelphia on August 30, the huge operation (a veritable mobile army) goes
on to play around 70 gigs. In December, the U.S. leg ends up at the Atlantic
City Convention Center for a radio-TV simulcast. Guests include John Lee
Hooker, Axl Rose and Izzy Stradlin from Guns 'N Roses, and Eric Clapton.
February, the Stones tour Japan for the first time with 10 sold-out shows at
Tokyo's Korakuen Dome, playing to 50,000 a night. For Europe, Steel Wheels
gives way to Urban Jungle -- partly because European stadiums aren't big enough
for the huge set, partly because they just fancied a change of scenery. The new
stage resembles a post-nuclear tropical ruin, with giant inflatable dogs
appearing during 'Street Fighting Man.' It hits London's Wembley
Stadium in July, then again in August at the end of the tour, with the
resurrection of the Steel Wheels set. Over the past year, the Stones have played
115 shows to over six million people.
five members of the band immerse themselves in solo projects. In November, at
the London office of the Stones' financial advisor Rupert Loewenstein, Mick,
Keith, Charlie, Ronnie are present for the signing of the Stones' deal with
Stones take the year off to recharge their batteries. Meanwhile Richards
records and releases his second solo album, Main Offender, on Virgin. He tours
Europe and then goes where no Stone has gone before -- Argentina, where the
X-Pensive Winos play to a Buenos Aires crowd of 40,000.
Stones celebrate the 30th anniversary of the release of their first single.
During a live interview on the BBC's 'London Tonight' news program in
January, Bill Wyman finally makes it official: 'I really don't want to do
it anymore.' Regarding his efforts to prevent Bill from quitting, Keith
states: 'I did everything but hold him at gunpoint.' Also in January,
Ronnie plays the first of four solo concerts in Japan, wrapping up on the 14th
at Tokyo's Budokan. Meanwhile, Mick releases his third solo album, Wandering
Spirit. The night of the release, Mick plays a private concert for 1,200
invited guests at New York's Webster Hall. Guests include Robert De Niro and
Francis Ford Coppola. Mick performs 11 songs from his new album, then encores
with the Stones' 'Rip This Joint,' 'Live With Me,' and
'Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby (Standing In The Shadows)?' The tour
ends with sell-out shows in Tokyo. Three days later in Seattle, Keith opens the
U.S. leg of his Main Offender tour. Later in the year, Billy Joel inducts Keith
into the Songwriters' Hall of Fame.
pre-production in Barbados, the Stones gather in Dublin, Ireland at Windmill
Studios to start work on a new album. Their first under a new deal with Virgin,
the band sees much of the back catalogue re-mastered on CD. Don Was is picked
as co-producer of Voodoo Lounge alongside the Glimmer Twins. Was, who made his
name with the surreal rock 'n' soul of Was Not Was, has recently produced
Bonnie Raitt, the B-52's, Bob Dylan and Iggy Pop. Bassist Darryl Jones and
keyboard player Chuck Leavell are called in to help out. Other guests include
Ivan Neville, Bobby Womack, Bernard Fowler, Benmont Tench, Flaco Jimenez and
results are staggering. As virtually all reviews have pointed out, Voodoo
Lounge is peak Stones; a group firing on all cylinders. After the success of
the Steel Wheels project, the Stones know they have nothing to prove and the
new sound seems less self-conscious and more inventive than their recent work.
It's the sound of a group getting together and raising the hell they know and
love. Mick's singing is stronger and more expressive than usual, notably on the
chilling anti-terrorism ballad 'Blinded By Rainbows,' and lascivious
car song 'Brand New Car,' which is in the best tradition of double
entendre blues. Like all Rolling Stones classic albums, each song is propelled
by Keith's explosive guitar riffs and underpinned by Charlie's ferocious
album and its accompanying tour is announced in New York -- this time after the
group arrive via boat at Pier 60. The tour kicks off on August 1 at Washington.
D.C.'s RFK Stadium, and plays the U.S., Canada, Japan, Mexico, South America
and the Far East. As Bobby Keys, long time Stones sax player, once remarked in
a choice moment during the 1971 outing: 'Looks like rock 'n' roll is on
the road again!'
how! The Voodoo Lounge tour launches with a shower of praise from critics and
fans alike. In between playing to sold-out shows in stadiums across the U.S.,
the Stones find time to pick up an MTV Lifetime Achievement Award, plus a
Billboard Award for Artistic Excellence. The band also make history on November
10, when they become the first rock 'n' roll band to broadcast a concert live
on the Internet. By the end of the year, sales of the Voodoo Lounge album pass
the four million mark, and the North American leg of the tour is written into
the record books as the most successful tour in history.
year starts in Stones' usual breathless fashion -- this time because of the
high altitude of Mexico City's Autodromo Stadium. A lack of oxygen was no
problem throughout the South American leg of the tour. Having never played
South America as a band before, the Stones are greeted with a fever-pitch
hysteria that's overwhelming, even by Latin standards. In Argentina, they are
mobbed wherever they go and are kept awake by 5:00 a.m. reprises of the chorus
of 'Wild Horses.'
band sweep through South Africa, a seven-night sell-out stand at the Tokyo
Dome, and Australasia before embarking on the final leg of the tour in Europe
on June 3 in Stockholm. In Montpellier, they are joined on stage by Bob Dylan
for the aptly-titled 'Like a Rolling Stone.' The band later release
their version of the song as a single. While on the road, the band find time to
stop and record acoustic versions of classics like 'Street Fighting
Man,' and more arcane numbers like 'Spider and the Fly' and
'I'm Free.' These tracks make up the live acoustic album Stripped.
The tour ends in Rotterdam on August 30 with the promise that this will
definitely not be the last time.
the release of Stripped is seen as a present-day celebration of past glories,
the Stones end the year by re-enforcing their commitment to the future by
making it enhanced with multimedia content. The band also launch their second
official website (Stonesworld) and release their debut CD-ROM (Voodoo Lounge).
when not active, the Stones are everywhere, with music featured in Casino
(released late in '95), Basquiat (in which Keith also has a song called
'Nearness to You' recorded in 1980), and The Fan. Meanwhile, the band
once again get involved in solo projects. Charlie Watts is the first to break
cover with the release of his quintet's Long Ago & Far Away, which features
classics from the likes of Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong and
Hoagy Carmichael. At his home in Jamaica, Keith completes production work on an
album which features traditional Rastafarian Bingi drums (to be released later
Stones continue to redefine rock music and themselves in the process. The
ageless rockers begin recording the follow-up to Voodoo Lounge in a Los Angeles
studio with executive producer Don Was and producer Kenneth
'Babyface' Edmonds. The Dust Brothers (Beck, the Beastie Boys) will
take over behind the mixing board. Mixer/producer Danny Saber (who has re-mixed
tracks for U2 and Garbage), and Was are also expected to produce a few songs