The Rolling Stones are an English Rock group formed in 1962, The first line-up consisted of Brian Jones (guitar, harmonica), Mick Jagger (lead vocals), Keith Richards (guitar, backing vocals), Bill Wyman (bass), Charlie Watts (drums), and Ian Stewart (piano). Stewart was removed from the official line-up in 1963 but continued as a touring member until his death in 1985. Jones left the band less than a month prior to his death in 1969, having already been replaced by Mick Taylor, who remained until 1974. After Taylor left the band, Ronnie Wood took his place in 1975 and has been on guitar in tandem with Richards ever since.
The Rolling Stones were at the forefront of the British invasion of bands that became popular in the United States in 1964, they identified with the youthful and rebellious counterculture of the 1960s. The band has had numerous commercially successful albums, such as “Let It Bleed”, “Sticky Fingers” and “Exile On Main St.” From 1983 to 1987, tensions between Jagger and Richards almost caused the band to split. However, they managed to patch up their friendship after they separated temporarily to work on solo projects, and experienced a comeback with the album “Steel Wheels”, which was followed by a large stadium and arena tour. Since the 1990s, new recorded material from the group has been less well-received and less frequent.
Despite this, the Rolling Stones have continued to be a huge attraction on the live circuit, with stadium tours in the 1990s and 2000s.The Rolling Stones were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in 1989 and the UK Music Hall Of Fame in 2004. Rolling Stone magazine ranked them fourth on the "100 Greatest Artists Of All Time" list and their estimated album sales are above 250 million. They’ve released 30 studio albums, 18 live albums and numerous compilations. In 2012, the band celebrated its 50th anniversary.
For us at Talking Waves, the Stones have had a big impact on what we’re doing right now in West Cork. Their 'bad boy' personas, the music that is rooted in blues and soul, along with the stage presence of legends Mick & Keith are just some other strings in the web of the music that has influenced us. The personal connection that our producer Wayne Sheehy has with The Stones has created a great interest for us as well. Who doesn't love a great Rock & Roll backstage story?!
Our favorite tracks: Gimme Shelter, Wild Horses, Under My Thumb
Our favorite album: Sticky Fingers
We love what we do, although right now we’re the Beasts Of Burden in our project, the future is bright!