Mick Jagger and Keith Richards in 2002 - a greatest hits double album, Forty Licks, was released in September 2002 to mark the band's 40 anniversary - they embarked on a world tour to promote the album in 2002 and 2003 - the album has since sold around 7 million copies worldwide.
In 2004-5, the Stones were inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame, released their first album in eight years, A Bigger Bang, and began a 147-show tour - it netted the band $558,255,524 and was the highest grossing of all time until it was overtaken by U2's tour 2009-11. Two of the concerts were filmed by Martin Scorcese for his 2008 Rolling Stones documentary "Shine a Light".
Formation and first gig, 1962 The Rolling Stones formed in London in 1962. The original line-up consisted of Brian Jones (guitar), Mick Jagger (vocals), Ian Stewart (piano), Keith Richards (guitar), Mick Taylor (bass) and Tony Chapman (drums). Jagger and Richards were childhood friends from Dartford, Kent, and both were studying in London in the early 1960s. They formed the band with friend Dick Taylor, before recruiting Brian Jones and Ian Stewart from London R&B band Blues Incorporated…
Mick Jagger and David Bowie team up on Dancing in the Street - 1985 - they recorded a version of the Martha and the Vandellas song at Abbey Road studios, shooting a video for the track in London Docklands - it topped the UK charts for four weeks.
Rolling Stones inducted into the American Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, 1989 In early 1989 all of the group’s past and present members (aside from original drummer Tony Chapman) were inducted into the American Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, joining names such as Chuck Berry, Aretha Franklin and The Beatles. Later that year Richards and Jagger set aside their differences to begin work on Steel Wheels, released in late 1989.
Hyde Park tribute and Mick Taylor replaces Brian Jones 1969 Two days after Jones’s death the band played in front of an estimated 250,000 fans in Hyde Park. The show, which was dedicated to Jones, was replacement guitarist Mick Taylor’s first with the band. Taylor had formerly been with blues act John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers.
When Keith Richards arrived in Canada on the 24 February 1977, he was temporarily detained by Canadian customs after he was found with a burnt spoon and hash residue. 3 days later, Richards’s hotel room in Toronto was raided by the police & found 22 grams of heroin and Richards was charged with importing narcotics, which carried a minimum 7-year prison sentence. The case dragged on for almost a year, after which Richards received a suspended sentence and was required to play two free…