The Rolling Stones had a particularly eventful year that included the release of the band’s first studio album in 11 years. Blue & Lonesome was a quickly recorded collection of blues covers that included renditions of songs by Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Willie Dixon and Little Walter. The album, which featured guest guitarist Eric Clapton on two tracks, debuted at #4 on the Billboard 200 and topped the U.K. chart.
— The Stones started the year by mounting a successful stadium tour of Latin America that culminated with a historic free concert in Havana, Cuba, attended by hundreds of thousands of people. The trek and the Havana show were documented for a pair of movies — the documentary The Rolling Stones Olé Olé Olé!: A Trip Across Latin America, and the concert film Havana Moon.
— In October, The Rolling Stones were one of the six legendary artists on the lineup of the inaugural Desert Trip festival, which took place October 7-9 and 14-16 at the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio, California. With Bob Dylan serving as their opening act, The Stones played on October 7 and 14. The festival also featured Paul McCartney, Neil Young, Roger Waters and The Who.
— Exhibitionism, the first major exhibit focusing solely on The Stones, opened in April at London’s renowned Saatchi Gallery. The expansive display, which was created with the band’s full cooperation, then reopened at New York City’s Industria gallery in November.
–The average age of The Rolling Stones’ core members may be over 70, but that didn’t stop two of them from fathering children this year. Guitarist Ronnie Wood, 69, welcomed twin daughters named Gracie Jane and Alice Rose with his 38-year-old wife, Sally, in May, while singer Mick Jagger and his 29-year-old girlfriend, Melanie Harnick, celebrated the birth of a son named Deveraux in December.
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Source: Classic Rock News