Every rock band will eventually turn 50.
Even my old garage band from college will reach the half-century mark someday.
Of course, when A Little Astronomy finally turns the big 5-O, 49-and-a-half of those years will have been spent as a former band. Few bands can make the claim that when they turned 50 they had actually been together and rocking for all of those 50 years. One of the few bands that can actually make that claim is the Rolling Stones.
The Stones turned 50 years in 2012. The band celebrated reaching the half-century mark in several ways. They updated their lip-and-tongue logo, released a compilation album (GRRR!), recorded two new songs (Doom and Gloom and One More Shot), launched a tour (50 & Counting), and welcomed a new documentary (Crossfire Hurricane).
Crossfire Hurricane was the first career-spanning documentary about the group since 25x5: The Continuing Adventures of the Rolling Stones, a film made for the bandís 25th anniversary. Here are some major milestones on the horizon:
The Rolling Stones will celebrate their 60th anniversary in 2022.
Charlie Watts will turn 80 on June 2, 2021.
Mick Jagger will turn 80 on July 26, 2023.
Keith Richards will turn 80 on Dec. 18, 2023.
Ronnie Wood will turn 70 on June 1, 2017.
Bill Wyman will turn 80 on Oct. 24, 2016.
Mick Taylor will turn 70 on Jan. 17, 2019.
Those are the really big dates the Rolling Stones and their fans have to look forward to.
Of course, when youíre the Rolling Stones, and you have 22 (or 24) albums to your name, as well as numerous tours and films under your belt, anniversaries are plentiful.
Below, Stones on Screen looks at some of the more important anniversaries coming up for The Rolling Stones.
It's doubtful that the band will do much of anything to celebrate the following milestones (minus a reissue or something similar), but that doesnít mean their fans canít kick up their heels. An anniversary is a great excuse to listen again, or watch again, a Rolling Stones album or movie.
(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
One of the greatest riffs in rock and roll turns 50 in 2015. Interestingly, the riff was supposed to be played by horns. (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction dropped June 6, 1965 in the United States and Aug. 20, 1965 in the United Kingdom. The single turned out to be the Rolling Stones first number one in the United States.
December's Children (And Everybody's)
December's Children (And Everybody's) was the fifth album the Rolling Stones released in the United States. The album contains the singles Get Off of My Cloud and As Tears Go By, as well as cuts from the UK version of Out of Our Heads, the band's 1964 EP, and their 1965 live EP. The album also includes The Singer, Not the Song, and Route 66. The LP officially dropped on Dec. 4, 1965.
On Dec. 12, 1985 Ian Stewart died from a heart attack. Weíre not at all suggesting that you celebrate his death. Instead, celebrate his life and contributions to the Rolling Stones. Remember, when the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989 they demanded that he was inducted as well.
Stewart was removed from the band in 1963 because manager Andrew Loog Oldham didnít like his look. Out as an official member, Stewart became the Stones road manager and played piano. He contributed greatly to the Stones sound until his death in 1985. Next time Dec. 12 rolls around listen to ìLet It Bleed and think of Ian.
Charlie Is My Darling
Itís not the most famous piece of media in the Rolling Stones cannon, but Charlie Is My Darling is the first documentary ever made about the Rolling Stones. The film was shot in September of 1965 but not finished until 1966. It was shown at a film festival in 1966 and then mothballed until 2012 due to legal reasons. It resurfaced for the band's 50th anniversary.
Aftermath was a major album for the Rolling Stones. It was the first to be written entirely by Jagger and Richards, the first to be recorded in the United States, and the first to be issued in true stereo. Like all Stones album before 1967, thereís a U.K. and an American version. Why two versions? In Great Britain, previously released singles were usually not included on albums. Which one should you collect? If you love Paint It Black get the U.S. version. If you love Mother's Little Helper get the U.K. version.
Hot Rocks 1964-1971
Hot Rocks 1964-1971 is a compilation and the bestselling Rolling Stones album of all-time (even though they had nothing to do with putting it together). It was released in December of 1971 and pretty much includes all of the band's biggest hits. If aliens landed on Earth and wanted to know what the Stones are all about you'd play them this album.
Ronnie Wood Joining The Stones
This may be hard to believe but in February of 2016 Ronnie Wood will have been a member of the Rolling Stones for 40 years! Wood participated in the production of the Stonesí Black and Blue album in 1975 and toured with the band later that same year, but it wasnít until February of 1976 that he became an official member of the World's Greatest Rock and Roll Band. By the way, Wood is the only member of the Rolling Stones thatís been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice.
Dirty Work wasnít the greatest album the Rolling Stones ever made but itís still highly significant. It marks nadir in the relationship between Mick Jagger and Keith Richards and was made when Charlie Watts was addicted to heroin. At the time, Jagger was working on his solo album, so much of the recordings were made by Keith, Ronnie, Bill, and Charlie. It was the first album in 15 years where Jagger didnít play guitar and the first time since the mid-1960s that the Stones released a lead single not written by Jagger/Richards. On the plus side, Dirty Work gets better with age.
The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus
It was filmed in 1968 but not released until 1996. Thatís why 2016 marks the 20th anniversary of the release of The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus. The film, which is just 66 minutes long, combines a few circus acts with performances from The Who, Jethro Tull, John Lennon, Taj Mahal, Marianne Faithfull, and The Rolling Stones.
The party line is the film was shelved for nearly 30 years because the Stones were tired when they took the stage and didnít like their performance. Rock and roll lore says the Stones shelved the film because The Who upstaged them.
2018 - 50th Anniversary of Jumping Jack Flash
One of the Rolling Stones most popular singles, Jumping Jack Flash, hit the streets in the spring of 1968. The song marked the band's return to their blues roots following a brief excursion into psychedelic rock. Legend says Jumping Jack is Keith's gardener.