Nov 25 (Reuters) - Here is a look at the group which used
the name "Rollin' Stones" for the first time in 1962, at a
performance in London's Marquee Club in London to replace Alexis
Korner's blues band.
They celebrate their 50th anniversary with five concerts
starting at the O2 Arena in London on Sunday.
* Michael Philip Jagger - who will be 70 in July 2013 - was
an avid fan of American blues artists like Muddy Waters and he
formed his first band in his teens. He had won a place at the
prestigious London School of Economics (LSE) but admitted he
didn't take it seriously. At London's Ealing Blues Club, Jagger
met Brian Jones who was recruiting for a band he called the
"Rollin' Stones" - the "g" was to be restored later - after a
Muddy Waters song.
* The original line-up included Mick Jagger (vocals), Brian
Jones (guitar, harmonica, vocals), Keith Richards (guitar,
vocals), Ian "Stu" Stewart (piano), Dick Taylor (bass) and
various drummers such as Mick Avory (later of The Kinks) and
Tony Chapman. Charlie Watts joined in 1963. Taylor left shortly
after to return to art school, and was later to form The Pretty
Things. He was replaced by Bill Wyman.
* There were riots when the band went to the United States
and it was in 1965 that "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" gave
them their first U.S. and British hit. Another hit, "Get Off My
Cloud" fully used Jagger's defiant persona. Bad-boy controversy
continued with Jagger, Jones and Wyman arrested for urinating at
a London petrol station.
* A stream of hits followed, from "Under My Thumb" to the
anarchic "19th Nervous Breakdown" and doom-laden "Paint It
Black". Jagger spat out a diatribe of abuse in "Have You Seen
Your Mother Baby, Standing In the Shadow?"
* "A Steel Wheels" tour in 1989 catapulted the band into the
record books earning more than $300 million. This was followed
by the equally successful "Voodoo Lounge" tour. By the turn of
the century, they still had not lost their appetite for touring.
The group's last major tour was their 2005-07 "Bigger Bang Tour"
which took in over 30 countries and brought nearly $560 million
in sales. It has only been beaten by Irish group U2 during their
2011 360 tour.
Sources: Reuters/ http://www.musicstarx.net/
(Reporting by David Cutler, London Editorial Reference Unit)