The Stones at 50:

Now, there are many adamant music fans who think you can’t be both a fan of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, but quite frankly, that’s a load of horseshit.  Then and now, these were two entirely different bands without much in common except from being early British Invasion bands.  That’s like not being able to like the Zombies cuz you like the Kinks; it’s stupid.  The Beatles did something no other band before them did, but at the same time, the Stones took it further and did something no other band had done and continued to do it for 50 friggen years.  The Rolling Stones are what every rock and roll band since their inception have tried to emulate.  The sex drugs and rock and roll lifestyle, the swagger of Mick Jagger; I guarantee you there wasn’t a heavy metal band in the 80’s somewhat influenced by the Rolling Stones.

Here’s another thing, at the height of their popularity in the late 60’s, the highlight of  the Monterey Pop Festival was the fact the Stones’ guitarist Brian Jones was there..  He didn’t even play a single note, but that’s the most important thing to remember from MPF.  He may have introduced Jimi Hendrix, but even Jimi’s set, the Who, The Mama’s and The Papa’s last show, and one of the last performances from Otis Redding all paled in comparison to Brian Jones’ being there.  Now, without continuing my ranting, let’s get down to the music:

Monkey Man- Let it Bleed

Dead Flowers- Sticky Fingers

Emotional Rescue- Emotional Rescue

2000 Light Years from Home- Their Satanic Majesties Request

Salt of the Earth- Rock and Roll Circus

sorry, I couldn’t find the live video from RnR Circus on youtube.

I know everyone is thinking where’s Paint it Black and Gimme Shelter and all the hits you hear on the radio everyday, but this is my blog, and these are the songs that I relate to the most as a Stones fan.  I could go on and on, but then that’s just beating a dead horse.  so for reading this, I’ll leave you with one last favorite track of mine:

In Another Land- Their Satanic Majesties Request

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