How The World Has Changed With The Rolling Stones

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I recently came across these incredible stats from StubHub about The Rolling Stones, and it got me thinking back to a balmy, English summer night in 2007 when I was lucky enough to see them headline The Isle of Wight Festival. I didn’t know it at the time but when Amy Winehouse joined them on stage for ‘Ain’t Too Proud To Beg’ it would be one of the last times she would truly grace an English stage. Later that summer, she cancelled an appearance of Oxegen and the tragic, downward spiral had begun.

“The Stones have sold roughly 30.6 million tickets throughout their career. If we were to bring all these fans into one venue, it would be equivalent to performing a concert for the entire population of Venezuela (30,620,000 inhabitants).” (StubHub)

Winehouse aside, the abiding memory that night was The Rolling Stones and Mick Jagger in particular. I remember heading back to my tent in a state of cider-fuelled euphoria, wondering just how good The Rolling Stones would have been at their peak. They were frightening impressive, and their love of music was relentless.

This September, The Peter Pan of rock and his gang of semi-pickled accomplices head to Europe for The Stones No Filter tour, which culminates in Paris on October 22nd. If you’ve never seen The Stones, we recommend you find a way to be there.

In June 1963, The Rolling Stones released their debut single ‘Come On’ a cover of the Chuck Berry song. (At that time their repertoire consisted exclusively of R&B covers). A few months later, the first breakthrough occurred when they cracked the top 20, reaching number 12 with ‘I Wanna Be Your Man.’ The track was written by Lennon & McCartney after a meeting at London’s De Lane Lea Studio. 1963 is also forever remembered for the assignation of JFK on November 22nd, and the start of Beatle Mania. (Following the release of “I Want To Hold Your Hand /I Saw Her Standing There and “Meet The Beatles.)

In 1963 the average house price was £2,950 and a new Ford Cortina would have set you back £591. A lot has happened since then…

1965: The Who: ‘My Generation’

1965: The Rolling Stones’ ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’ is released

1966: Madonnna’sBrian Wilson makes Pet Sounds

1967: The Velvet Underground and Nico LP is released

1969: Jimi Hendrix Plays ‘The Star Spangled Banner’ at the Woodstock Festival

1969: The Stooges’ first album is released

1970: Black Sabbath release their first album

1971: Marvin Gaye: What’s Going On?

1972: David Bowie creates Ziggy Stardust

1973: Gram Parsons dies at the Joshua Tree Inn

1974: Kraftwerk release ‘Autobahn’

1975: Bob Marley & the Wailers: ‘No Woman, No Cry’ released

1975: Patti Smith: Horses

1977:’God Save the Queen’ goes to ‘Number One’

1978: Brian Eno releases Ambient 1: Music for Airports

1980: The murder of John Lennon

1981:’Ghost Town’ goes to Number One

1981: Grandmaster Flash’s ‘Adventures on the Wheels of Steel’ is released

1982: Michael Jackson: Thriller released

1983: The Smiths: ‘This Charming Man’

1983: New Order release ‘Blue Monday’

1984: Ronald Reagan co-opts Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Born in the USA’

1985: Madonna’s ‘Material Girl’ is released

1985: Live Aid

1987: Prince’s ‘Sign ‘O’ the Times’

1988: Madchester and the second summer of love

1992: Nirvana: ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit

1995: Blur v Oasis

1995: The Spice Girls meet Simon Fuller

2000: The birth of Napster & Limewire

2001: George Bush declares Eminem ‘The biggest threat to American youth since Polio’ Two years later, a poll of American parents found that 53 per cent agreed that ‘America’s youth find more truth in Eminem than George Bush’.

2003: Apple launches iTunes

2007: Record Store Day is founded

2008: Spotify launches

2009: Michael Jackson dies

2011: Amy Winehouse dies and joins the 27 club

2012: Justin Bieber wins three Grammys

2014: Taylor Swift removes her music from Spotify, U2 force their album on the world via an ill-judged iTunes partnership

2015: Digital music revenues overtake physical sales for the first time

2016: David Bowie, Prince, George Michael, Leonard Cohen all die

2017: The Rolling Stones hit Europe for the No Filter Tour

Average UK house price £234,000 / average London flat price £508,195 (Right Move)

Words: Mark Knight

Photo by TERRY O’NEILL/REX USA (90797a)