On July 12, 1962, an English group called The Rollin’Stones (with an apostrophe) gave their first concert at the Marquee Club in London to a hundred young people. The same group, or almost, took to the stage at the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels last night in front of around 48,000 spectators. Manneken-Pis, the little man who constantly relieves himself, had himself dressed for the occasion in a costume adorned with the formation’s mythical lip logo.
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The Rolling Stones were formed at the time of their formation by guitarists Keith Richards and Brian Jones, vocalist Mick Jagger, pianist Ian Stewart and bassist Dick Taylor, who a few months later, in November 1962, decided to hang up his instrument to continue his studies. He will reconnect with rock ‘n’ roll in 1963 by forming the Pretty Things.
And who was playing the drums on July 12, 1962? Rock historians still debate this as no footage of the evening was made. Who from Tony Chapman or Mick Avory, later Kinks drummer, sat behind the cymbals? The gentlemen themselves say that they are not entirely convinced that they took part in this event.
The trip Stones Sixty European Tour 2022 started on 1ah last June in Madrid and ends after 14 dates on August 3rd in Berlin. The trailer is the skinny ’70s’ first European tour since the death of drummer Charlie Watts and shows the decimated squad that makes up the Rolling Stones’ current roster. Each night, the Jagger-Richards duo and fellow guitarist Ron Wood pay sober homage to their late ally.
Steve Jordan, to whom Watts had given his approval, replaced him on drums. Jordan has been part of the Stones’ entourage since the 1980s and notably co-produced the pirate Keef’s solo albums.
And the future?
On July 14, Mick Jagger had to self-quarantine after contracting COVID-19, forcing his band to postpone a show in Amsterdam and cancel one in Bern. But the teeming singer quickly regained his exorbitant energy, adding coronavirus to the long list of things he survived after the Altamont Festival riots, the album’s restless recording Exile on Main St. and a life alongside Keith Richards.
As it should be, Mick Jagger yesterday published on his Instagram account photos taken in the streets of the city where the tour stopped, more or less ironic shots in which the rock star looks little more than the average tourist could. We saw him this time in the heart of the Belgian capital, at the fish market on Place Sainte-Catherine, at the counter of La Pharmacie Anglaise, a cocktail bar, or exchanging some notes with the statue of Jacques Brel.
In March, Keith Richards told the eponymous magazine that a CD of new Stones songs was in the works and would feature the latest beats recorded by Charlie Watts. The latest studio album of the ever cheeky rascals, blue & lonelya collection of blues covers, dating back to December 2016.