In the timeline of rock the chance meeting fifty years ago today between childhood friends Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, and guitarist Brian Jones at an Alexis Korner concert in London, set the stage for the longest continuous rock act in history — The Rolling Stones.
Brian Jones was the initial leader but by 1969, with Jones’ personal life unraveling under the weight of legal and drug problems, Richards and Jagger took over primary control of the band.
The original 1962 lineup included:
Brian Jones – Guitar
Mick Jagger – Vocals
Keith Richards – Guitar
Ian Stewart – Keyboard
Dick Taylor – Bass
Tony Chapman – Drums
Brian Jones left the Stones in 1969. Publicly it appeared to be his decision but legal problems and drug issues surrounding the co-founder had become very divisive and on June 8th of ’69, Jagger, Richards, and Watts, met with Jones to let him know the band would be moving on without him. Jones was replaced by 20-year-old guitarist Mick Taylor (formerly of John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers).
Ian Stewart played piano off and on, and acted as road manager from the beginning until August of 1985. “Stu” had a heart attack that December and died in the waiting room.
After Wyman retired, Darryl Jones, a noted sessions musician from Chicago was invited to play bass, a position he enjoys today.
Considering the recent tift between Jagger and Richards another tour is questionable. With Jagger and Richards both enjoying a young 68-years-old, if they have one more tour in them they’d better get going. There’s just something about the prospects of 70-year-old rockers playing Carnegie Hall that doesn’t seem quite right.
Rolling Stone magazine is saying a Stones Tour for 2013 is being tentatively planned but everything hinges on Richards’ health.
I wonder what this Tour would be named???
- The “Sympathy for the Doctor” Tour
- The “Gimmie Seltzer” Tour
- The “BooHoo Lounge” Tour
- The “Bridges to Bathtime” Tour
- The “Exile on Pain Street” Tour
- The “Geriatric” Tour