Wednesday, April 3, 2013

The Rolling Stones: 50 and Counting

Thanks to my friends over at AEG Live, I've been notified that The Rolling Stones will kick off their “50 and Counting” tour in Los Angeles this month, followed by performances in Oakland, San Jose, Las Vegas, Anaheim, Toronto, Chicago, Boston and Philadelphia. News of Rolling Stones tours will forever pull on special heart strings of mine, seeing as my very first piece of published music journalism was a review of their concert I wrote for the Kingston Whig Standard at 15 years old. They also happen to be one of the bands that have played an undeniable role in shaping my music preferences to date; the way they've generously dabbled in genres for decades - sampling soul, blues, folk and most things in between -  changed the way I appreciated sounds from a young age.

“50 and Counting” will celebrate the classic hits of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood's first five decades of iconic music and electric live shows - and will also feature early Rolling Stones member Mick Taylor as a special guest star throughout the tour. They plan to hit Toronto on May 25th, and I can honestly say that if you haven't yet seen these age-defying rockers on stage, you need to rush the box office the morning of April 8th. You won't regret it.

What's your favourite Stones song? Here are my hands-down top 10, in meticulous order.

1. Gimme Shelter

2. Wild Horses

She's A Rainbow

No Sympathy for the Devil

5. Can't You Hear Me Knocking?  

6. Get Off My Cloud

7. Beast of Burden

8. Miss You

9. Under My Thumb

10. Start Me Up

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