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December 5th: On This Day

On this day in 1968, The Rolling Stones’ launch party at London’s Queensgate Hotel for “Beggars Banquet” soon degenerates into a near-riot. Waitresses serve food dressed as medieval wenches. During the dessert course, a custard pie fight begins, with most of the pastries aimed at record label execs who vetoed the Stones’ toilet cover art. Brian Jones, about to be fired by the band, delivers a few well-placed pies directly into Mick Jagger’s face.

Here they are on Youtube 35 years later with a live performance of one of the hits from that album, Street Fighting Man:

June 5th: On This Day

On this day in 1964, The Rolling Stones played their first-ever live date in the United States when they appeared at the Swing Auditorium, San Bernardino, California. The Stones were supporting their first album release The Rolling Stones, in North America.

The album originally was subtitled England’s Newest Hit Makers, but later the album was officially called England’s Newest Hit Makers, instead of being self-titled. The record was released a month and a half after the British version.

The album hit Number 11 US Billboard 200 chart and was Certified Gold by the RIAA. It is the only American album by the Stones that has not placed in the top five on the charts.

Ronnie Wood Recovering After Lung Surgery

Rolling Stones legend, Ronnie Wood, is recovering after getting a small lung lesion. The surgery was planned after the lesion was found during a recent routine screening.

The Stones’ Facebook page states that the surgery was a success and there is currently no need for additional treatment. “I’m so grateful for modern screening which picked this up so early, and would like to thank all the doctors who treated me,” Wood said.

The post also announced that the surgery, along with his recovery, will not affect the upcoming European Tour for the band. The six-week run begins on September 9th and includes more than a dozen shows in Germany, Switzerland, Spain and France, where the No Filter tour will conclude with a pair of shows in Paris.

 

May 22nd: On This Day

On this day in 1971, The Rolling Stones album Sticky Fingers started a four-week run at #1 on the US Billboard 200 charts. The album was the group’s second #1 album in the US and is known for its iconic artwork. On the original vinyl release, the cover had a working zipper that opened to reveal cotton briefs, which was designed by Andy Warhol.

The album produced a number of hits for the band, including “Brown Sugar”, “Wild Horses”, “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking”, and the sweeping ballad “Moonlight Mile”. The album has since been Certified Triple Platinum by the RIAA

Paul McCartney Shows Off His ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean’ Look

Paul McCartney took to his social media Saturday and showed off his look for the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie.
McCartney filmed a cameo for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, the Johnny Depp-led saga, which is set for release on May 26.

E Online reported that the former Beatle will play a jail guard in the film.

Of course, McCartney isn’t the first rock star from the British Invasion to show up in the Pirates Saga. Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards has played Jack Sparrow’s (Depp’s) father, Captain Teague, in two of the films.

May 12th: On This Day

On this day in 1965, The Rolling Stones recorded “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”. The sessions took place at RCA Hollywood studios.

Keith Richards had come up with the guitar riff in the middle of the night a week earlier. It gave the band their first number 1 single in the US.

The song was listed at the second spot on Rolling Stones list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time”.

April 14th: On This Day

On this day in 1975, after rumors that Jimmy Page, Steve Marriott, Jeff Beck or Chris Spedding would replace Mick Taylor as guitarist in The Rolling Stones, a press release confirmed that Ronnie Wood would be joining the band for their forthcoming American tour.

Before The Stones, Wood had played with the Jeff Beck Group as a bassist and was the guitarist for The Faces.

Wood has been with The Stones ever since. Along with releasing material with the band, he has also released seven solo albums.

February 27th: On This Day

On this day in 1977, Keith Richards was arrested at Toronto’s Harbour Castle Hotel, after an ounce of heroin was found following a raid of his hotel room by 15 Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Richards, who was charged with possession with intent to traffic, faced seven years to life in prison. Bail was set at $25,000 (£14,705).  His passport was confiscated and Richards and his family remained in Toronto until April 1st, when Richards was allowed to enter the United States on a medical visa for treatment for heroin addiction The charge against him

His passport was confiscated and Richards and his family remained in Toronto until April 1st, when Richards was allowed to enter the United States on a medical visa for treatment for heroin addiction The charge against him was later reduced to “simple possession of heroin”.

 

Publishers Snubbed Mick Jagger’s Memoir Because It Wasn’t Shocking Enough

A book publisher says he possesses a memoir penned by Mick Jagger. John Blake calls the  75,000-word draft a “masterpiece” and he believes it may never see the light fo day.

Handed to him by a friend three years ago, Blake describes the book as “an extraordinary insight into one of the three most influential rock stars of all time” and the “rock ’n’ roll equivalent of the Dead Sea Scrolls.”

Blake claims that Jagger was persuaded to write the book in the early eighties and was offered a handsome one million cash advance.

 

Surprisingly, the publisher rejected the Rolling Stones frontman’s manuscript as it was too “light on sex and drugs.” Blake adds: “In the early 1980s when it was written, shock and awe was a vital part of any successful autobiography.”

Stories recounted in the autobiography include Sir Mick buying a historic mansion called Stargroves while he was out of his head on LSD, nearly losing his life riding an out-of-control stallion and the “tedium of looking at Keith’s scraggy, monkey-like bottom night after night.”

Having obtained the memoir three years ago, Blake says he immediately got in touch with Mick’s manager Joyce Smyth who said that “Mick could not remember any manuscript.”

When Blake pushed recently, he says the “steel gates clanged shut” and “Mick wanted nothing further to do with this project. He never wanted to see it published.”

He ends his Spectator blog writing: “Apologies to the 10million people around the world who would love to read this story. After all, as the philosopher Jagger once said ‘You can’t always get what you want.’”

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