Saturday 7/27/2019 7:30 PM
The Rolling Stones have not played Houston in over a decade. This month (July 2019)the iconic rock band make their way to NRG Stadium.
The voice/showman behind the group lead singer Mick Jagger pushing well into his 70's had some health issues. Jagger underwent a heart procedure to replace a valve, prompting the Rolling Stones to postpone their North American No Filter tour.
The Rolling Stones were at the forefront of the British Invasion of bands that became popular in the United States back in 1964 and were identified with the rebellious counterculture of the 60s. The band's sound was rooted in blues and early rock and roll, the band started out playing covers, but found success with their own material; songs such as "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" and "Paint It Black" became international hits. After a short period of experimentation with psychedelic rock in the mid-1960s, the group returned to its "bluesy" roots with Beggars Banquet (1968), Let It Bleed (1969), Sticky Fingers (1971), and Exile on Main St. (1972). It was during this period the Stones were being promoted as "The Greatest Rock and Roll Band in the World."
It was the Rolling Stones video "Start Me Up" produced for the MTV generation back in 1981 that America saw the showmanship and dance moves via video of Mick Jagger.
In the United States, "Start Me Up" spent three weeks at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in October and November 1981.
The song opens with what has become a trademark riff for guitarist Keith Richards. It is this, coupled with Charlie Watts' steady backbeat and Bill Wyman's echoing bass, that comprises most of the song. Lead guitarist Ronnie Wood can clearly be heard playing a layered variation of Richards' main riff (often live versions of the song are lengthened by giving Wood a solo near the middle of the song, pieces of which can be heard throughout the original recording). Throughout the song Jagger breaks in with a repeated bridge of "You make a grown man cry", followed by various pronouncements of his and his partner's sexual nature. This 80's classic the band usually opens its stadium tours.
The Rolling Stones were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989 and the UK (British) Music Hall of Fame in 2004. Rolling Stone magazine ranked them fourth on the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time" list and their estimated record sales are above 250 million. They have released 30 studio albums, 23 live albums and numerous compilations. Let It Bleed (1969) marked the first of five consecutive No. 1 studio and live albums in the UK. Sticky Fingers (1971) was the first of eight consecutive No. 1 studio albums in the US. In 2008, the band ranked 10th on the Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists chart. In 2012, the band celebrated its 50th anniversary. The band continues to release albums to brisk sales and critical acclaim; their most recent album Blue & Lonesome was released in December 2016 and reached No. 1 on the UK Album Charts and No. 4 in the U.S. and won a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album.
The band last April released a compilation album, "Honk", featuring the biggest hits and classic cuts from every Rolling Stones studio album from 1971’s Sticky Fingers to 2016’s Blue & Lonesome.
The rock band's handlers say this is the most up to date collection of essential Stones’ tracks, including 36 fan favorites and rarities, with the bonus version including 10 additional live songs, presenting collaborations with some of the biggest names in music, such as Dave Grohl, Florence Welch, Brad Paisley and more.
The Stones are best known by their lead singer Mick Jagger and guitarist Keith Richards.
Jagger will be turning 77 years-old this month (July). Jagger's longevity with the Stones, has spanned over five decades, and has been described as "one of the most popular and influential front men in the history of rock & roll". His distinctive voice and energetic live performances with band mate's Keith Richards' guitar style have been the trademark of the Rolling Stones throughout their popularity. The slender svelte Jagger gained notoriety for admitted drug use throughout the years and sexual trysts most rock and roll bands members during their celebrity.
In 1989, Jagger was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and in 2004 into the UK Music Hall of Fame with the Rolling Stones. As member of the Stones, and as solo artist, he reached number one on the UK and US singles charts with 13 singles, the Top 10 with 32 singles and the Top 40 with 70 singles. In 2003, he was knighted for his services to popular music.
Jagger has written most of the Rolling Stones' songs together with Keith Richards continuing to collaborate musically to this day.
The band continues to sell out venues, including this No Filter Tour and will wrap it up here in North America this summer. The Rolling Stones at NGR this (July)month in America's Bayou City.