The Rolling Stones Storm Brazil
The legendary British rock band the Rolling Stones was challenged by harsh rain during their concert in São Paulo on Wednesday, February 24, where they returned after 18 years to electrify their fans at Morumbi Stadium. The stadium hosted 65,000 people who did not stop singing and cheering for Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, and Ronnie Wood currently on their “Latin America Olé Tour 2016.” The Rolling Stones appeared again at the stadium on February 27.
“It is incredible to be in Morumbi for the first time. Eighteen years, right? I am so happy,” said Mick Jagger in Portuguese before singing “Out of Control.” The last time the Rolling Stones were in São Paulo was back in 1998. As part of the tour in Brazil, the Rolling Stones, who also played on February 20 at the legendary Maracanã stadium in Rio, will also perform on March 2 in Porto Alegre.
In the latest development, the Rolling Stones and the Cuban Music Institute are currently holding talks to work out organizational details for a concert to be held in Havana, Cuba in late March. Speculation has circulated for weeks about a possible concert, rumors that became more concrete with an announcement of the event by Cuban state-run TV.
The prospective concert would be the band’s first appearance in Cuba, and a wave of rumors has washed to and fro since Stones front man Mick Jagger’s private visit to Cuba last October. According to information released, the Rolling Stones will make Havana the last stop on their Latin American tour, which has already taken the British rockers to Brazil, Chile, Argentina, and Uruguay. March dates also include Peru, Colombia, and Mexico.
The Rolling Stones are a British rock band formed in London in 1962. They were in the vanguard of the British Invasion of bands that became popular in the US in 1964–65. At first noted for their longish hair as much as their music, the band is identified with the youthful and rebellious counterculture of the 1960s. Critic Sean Egan states that within a year of the release of their 1964 debut album, they “were being perceived by the youth of Britain and then the world as representatives of opposition to an old, cruel order — the antidote to a class-bound, authoritarian culture.”
The Rolling Stones were instrumental in making blues a major part of rock and roll and of changing the international focus of blues culture to the original type blues typified by Chess Records artists such as Muddy Waters — writer of “Rollin’ Stone,” after which the band is named.
Keith Richards and Mick Jagger became childhood friends after realizing they shared a love for R&B (Rhythm & Blues) in Dartford, Kent, England, until Jagger’s family moved to Wilmington. There Jagger formed his first band, Little Boy Blue and the Blue Boys.
The Rolling Stones released commercially successful records in the 1970s and sold many albums, with Some Girls (1978) and Tattoo You (1981) being their two most popular albums worldwide. In the 1980s, a feud between Mick Jagger and Keith Richards about the band’s musical direction almost caused the band to split, but they managed to patch their relationship and had a successful comeback album with Steel Wheels (1989), which was followed by a big stadium tour.
Since the 1990s, new recorded material from the group has been less well-received and less frequent. However, the Rolling Stones have continued to be a huge attraction on the live circuit, with big stadium tours in the 1990s and 2000s. By 2007, the band had made what were then four of the top five highest-grossing concert tours of all time.
The Rolling Stones were inducted into the Rock and 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 sales are above 200 million. They have released twenty-nine studio albums, eighteen live albums, and numerous compilations. Let It Bleed (1969) was their first of five consecutive number one studio and live albums in the UK. Sticky Fingers (1971) was the first of eight consecutive number one studio albums in the US.
The end of 1968 saw the filming of The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus. It featured John Lennon, Yoko Ono, The Dirty Mac, The Who, Jethro Tull, Marianne Faithfull, and Taj Mahal. The footage was shelved for twenty-eight years but was finally released officially in 1996 with a DVD version released in October 2004.
In June 1985, Mick Jagger teamed up with rock musician David Bowie in the music video “Dancing in the Street”, which was recorded as part of the Live Aid charity movement. This was one of Jagger’s first solo performances, and the song reached No. 1 in the UK, and No. 7 in the US.
In December 1985, the band’s co-founder, pianist, road manager, and long-time friend Ian Stewart died of a heart attack. The Rolling Stones played a private tribute concert for him at London’s 100 Club in February 1986, two days before they were presented with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
The Rolling Stones performances at New York City’s Beacon Theatre on October 29 and November 1, 2006 were filmed by Martin Scorsese for a documentary film, Shine a Light, which was released in 2008. The film also features guest appearances by Buddy Guy, Jack White, and Christina Aguilera.
The Rolling Stones celebrated their 50th anniversary in the summer of 2012 by releasing a large hardback book titled 50.
The Rolling Stones are notable in modern popular music for assimilating various musical genres into their own collective sound. Throughout the band’s career, their musical contributions have been marked by a continual reference and reliance on musical styles including blues, rhythm and blues, country, folk, reggae, dance, and world music.
Current official members
- Mick Jagger – lead and backing vocals, harmonica, piano, rhythm guitar
- Keith Richards – rhythm and lead guitar, backing and lead vocals, bass
- Charlie Watts – drums, percussion
- Ronnie Wood – lead and rhythm guitar, lap steel guitar, pedal steel guitar, slide guitar, backing vocals, bass (1975–present)
Current touring members
- Chuck Leavell – keyboards, backing vocals
- Bernard Fowler – backing vocals, percussion
- Darryl Jones – bass, backing vocals
- Tim Ries – saxophone, keyboards
- Matt Clifford – keyboards, French horn
- Karl Denson – saxophone
- Sasha Allen – backing vocals
Former official members
- Brian Jones – rhythm and lead guitar, harmonica, miscellaneous instruments, backing vocals (died 1969)
- Ian Stewart – piano, percussion (died 1985)
- Mick Taylor – rhythm and lead guitar, backing vocals, bass
- Bill Wyman – bass, backing vocals