Fact: The Rolling Stones recruited the Thornton Chamber Singers of the University of Southern California for their encore performance of You Can't Always Get What You Want at the Desert Trip festival on Friday night (07Oct16).
Fact: The Rolling Stones have formed an unlikely new partnership with bosses at beachwear brand Vilebrequin. The veteran rockers have teamed up with company officials to roll out a small men's collection of swimwear, featuring images from the group's discography by the likes of iconic artists like Andy Warhol, David Bailey, and Robert Frank, while a black T-shirt will bear the band's famed tongue and lips logo, created by John Pasche. A limited number of longboard skateboards have also been produced, bearing the Stones' logo. The mini-range will be launched at a party in Santa Monica, California later this month (May16).
Quote: "I think that bang on the head, that did quite a bit more damage (that everyone thought). You take a blow like that, you kind of feel stunned for another year or two afterwards, really. You suddenly realise you've been semi-conscious." Rolling Stones star Keith Richards took a long time to recover after suffering a head injury when he fell out of a tree during a holiday in Fiji in 2006.
Fact: Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger is working with documentary-maker Julien Temple on a film about Cuba. Reports suggest the project will be based around a potential Rolling Stones concert in the country.
Fact: Country trio Rascal Flatts has been recruited as the opening act for the Rolling Stones at their upcoming concert in Indianapolis, Indiana on America's Independence Day on 4 July (15). Another country act, Brad Paisley, is also set to take the stage at the LP Field venue in Nashville, Tennessee on 17 June (15) for the Rolling Stones' Zip Code tour.
Fact: Christina Aguilera and her fiance Matthew Rutler were among the fans who caught the first official date of the Rolling Stones' Zip Code Tour in San Diego, California on Sunday night (24May15).
Fact: The Rolling Stones will host their first ever Twitter.com question-and-answer session on Monday (18May15) to promote the band's upcoming tour and Sticky Fingers album re-release. Mick Jagger and his bandmates made the official announcement about the rare fan interview on their official @RollingStones account on Thursday (14May15), revealing they will be making a major announcement during the chat.
Quote: "I was having dinner across from Mick Jagger at a friend's house and I was really nervous. I didn't have anything to say - no words, not one. I think I talked about the food and how it tasted. It was riveting." Courteney Cox reveals she was starstruck when she met THE Rolling Stones frontman.
Quote: "Sometimes I feel that my whole career with The Birds, Jeff Beck and The Faces was one long audition to join The Rolling Stones. I still think of myself as a fan as much as a band member. When I first heard their stirring music coming from the tent at the Richmond Jazz And Blues festival in 1963 something happened inside me and I knew that was the band I wanted to be in. The thought of being in the Stones is what gave me the drive to carry on." Ronnie Wood on his early dreams of becoming a member of the ROLLING STONES.
Quote: "It was a very difficult time for me, all my family as well, it's very hard but getting back on tour... helped me a lot." Sir Mick Jagger reveals going back out on the road with the Rolling Stones helped him deal with the death of his girlfriend, L'Wren Scott earlier this year (14).
Quote: "There are a few models I'm not that crazy about! If I'm pushed though, I'd have to say Carla Bruni. I'm sure you can guess why." Sir Mick Jagger's ex-wife Jerry Hall admits she is not a fan of model/singer Carla Bruni following rumours she had an affair with the Rolling Stones frontman in the early 1990s.
Quote: "I had 103 of my Sydney rellies (relatives) for tea the other day, 103, and they are all here tonight, so very welcome all my rellies.'" Rolling Stones frontman Sir Mick Jagger had a large cheering section during his gig in Australia on Wednesday night (12Nov14). The event marked a comeback for Jagger, who was forced to call off a show in Victoria after falling sick with a throat infection.
Fact: The Rolling Stones are giving die-hard fans the chance to own an autographed, boxed collector's edition of their coffee table photo book by releasing a limited number of copies for a whopping $5,000 (£3,125). Just 1,150 copies will be released in December (14). The regular edition is priced at $150 (£94).
Quote: "I stay well away. I have no computer at all. I have a little tablet that I knock around with. No passwords. I mean, I don't want to be hacked to death." Rolling Stones rocker Keith Richards is paranoid about modern technology.
Quote: "I should have got the knighthood award. I should get one anyway." Rolling Stones rocker Ronnie Wood wants to become a 'Sir'.
Quote: "Bobby Womack was a huge influence on us. He was a true pioneer of soul and R&B, whose voice and songwriting touched millions. On stage, his presence was formidable. His talents put him up there with the greats. We will remember him, first and foremost, as a friend." The Rolling Stones, who recorded Womack's song It's All Over Now, share a group tribute to the late soul man following his death on Friday (27Jun14).
Fact: The Rolling Stones will perform two extra shows in Australia when they embark on their rescheduled tour in October (14). The band cancelled their trek of the country and New Zealand in March (14) after the death of Sir Mick Jagger's girlfriend L'Wren Scott.
Fact: The Rolling Stones have extended their 14 On Fire tour by adding two European festival dates in June (14). The rockers kicked off a string of shows with their first ever gig in the Middle East in February (14), and they are currently touring through Asia and Australia. Mick Jagger and his bandmates will return to Europe for dates at the Pinkpop Festival in Holland (07Jun14) and TW Classic Festival in Belgium (28Jun14).
Fact: Bon Jovi put on the biggest international tour of 2013, playing to more than two million fans across 90 sold-out gigs. The band took $205 million (£136 million) during the tour. The Rolling Stones were the highest grossing British band of 2013, earning $126 million (£84 million) across 23 shows.
Quote: "I saw Jessie J recently, and I'm sorry, but I couldn't stand it. Anybody of any quality uses light and shade in their work... but kids today don't." Former Rolling Stones star Bill Wyman isn't a fan of modern music stars.
Fact: Legendary rock group the Rolling Stones is heading to Australia to help open the newly redesigned Adelaide Oval venue with a concert on 22 March (14). Their show will mark the first time they've played Down Under since 2006.
Quote: "When I was living in the States, Charlie came to see me at my house and he said, 'I'd give you some tickets but I know you would never go!' I won't go within 10 miles of a Rolling Stones gig. They're not good musicians, that's why. The best musician in the Stones is Charlie by a country mile." Former Cream drummer Ginger Baker is not a fan of the Rolling Stones.
Quote: "While the big wheel is rolling we are going to capture it before it stops totally." Ronnie Wood hints that The Rolling Stones will hit the road for a world tour in 2014. The rockers celebrated their 50th anniversary with huge concerts in London, New York, and New Jersey last year (12).
Fact: The Rolling Stones have marked the end of their 50th anniversary tour with their 50th hit album in the U.S. - the group's Hyde Park Live has debuted at number 19 on the new Billboard 200. Only Barbra Streisand, Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra have had more top 40 albums.
Fact: The Rolling Stones icon Sir Mick Jagger turns 70 years old on Friday (26Jul13).
Quote: "I think the butterflies didn’t go down very well last time, I think we got a lot of complaints from the park because they didn’t know we were going to do it and they were of course the wrong kind of butterflies and they went on to eat the wrong kinds of (things in the park)... Anyway... it didn’t go down very well with the park men; they weren’t happy. So I don’t think there’s gonna be a lot of that (this time)." Sir Mick Jagger insists The Rolling Stones won't be releasing any more butterflies at their upcoming gigs in London's Hyde Park. The rockers released butterflies on stage during their 1969 gig at the venue.
Fact: The live Bbc broadcast of The Rolling Stones' performance at Glastonbury drew a peak audience of 2.5 million viewers on Saturday night (29Jun13) as the rockers made their debut at the legendary British music festival.
Fact: Sir Mick Jagger is embracing the festival spirit by sleeping outdoors in a yurt during his time at Britain's Glastonbury. He posted a picture of his posh tent on Twitter.com with the caption "Me and my yurt! Stones Glasto. Yurt alert. Glastonbury." The singer's band The Rolling Stones will headline the event on Saturday night (29Jun13).
Quote: "A schoolteacher would have been very gratifying, I'm sure. There are millions of things you would have loved to have done, a politician, a journalist... I thought of being a journalist once... Everyone wants to have done more things in their lives. It is a slightly intellectually undemanding thing to do, being a rock singer, but, you know, you make the best of it." The Rolling Stones frontman Sir Mick Jagger contemplates other careers he could have had outside the band.
Fact: The Rolling Stones have served up a gift to fans as they continue with their 50th anniversary tour - the band's digitally remastered back catalogue has been made available for the first time on iTunes. Tracks from the group's 1963 Chuck Berry cover Come On to last year's (12) hit collection, Grrr! have been placed on the website for fans to download. The new releases have been remastered exclusively for iTunes.
Fact: Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler will become the Rolling Stones' latest special guest when he joins the rockers onstage at their 50 and Counting tour stop in Montreal, Canada on Sunday (09Jun13). Sir Mick Jagger and his bandmates have previously welcomed the likes of Taylor Swift, Katy Perry and Sheryl Crow as duet partners for various dates across North America.
Quote: "I got to a point on our Japan tour of 1990 where I just didn't want to fly anymore. I did the last part of that tour in Europe by road and I used to get to the gigs before the band did. They used to say, 'How'd you get here?' It was quite amusing." Bill Wyman quit the Rolling Stones because he was tired of flying all over the world.
Quote: "The band wasn't slightly interested in collecting anything and they thought I was an idiot for doing it. But they don't think I'm an idiot anymore. I did it because I had an eight-month-old son when I joined the band, and I wanted to keep things so that he knew I was in a band once... I thought it would only last for a year or two, as we all did at that time." Bill Wyman on why he became the Rolling Stones' archivist.
Quote: "Ninety five per cent of the people in the business are fantastic people... James Brown, the Supremes, Marvin Gaye, they were fantastic people. They were always great. They weren't pretentious. They weren't a bit difficult... But Chuck Berry was always so difficult and so impossible to deal with. One minute he was friendly and the next minute he wouldn't speak to you." Former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman on his "difficult" encounters with Chuck Berry.
Tweet: "Tonight's special guest in Chicago will be @kingbmahal! Taj Mahal played the Rolling Stones Rock & Roll Circus in '68." The Rolling Stones announce details of a planned guest spot from guitar great Taj Mahal.
Quote: "It was a place where you get a hint there was a place called civilisation. I still owe fines from about 50 years ago." THE Rolling Stones hellraiser Keith Richards reveals his favourite place to go as a teen was the local library.
Fact: The Rolling Stones are to further celebrate their 50th anniversary by releasing three remastered classic albums - Beggars Banquet, Let It Bleed and Hot Rocks 1964-1971 on clear vinyl. The reissues are the first in a planned series called The Rolling Stones Clearly Classic. The group is currently on tour in North America and perform in Anaheim, California on Wednesday night (15May13).
Quote: "I do karaoke singing, and I write songs a lot, and I do demos and sing them. I'm very lucky, in a lot of ways, because - I'm not trying to sound bigheaded - I do all the Rolling Stones songs in all the same keys as they always were in, so my higher end is still there, maybe better than it was, because I don't smoke anymore and I don't drink as much." Mick Jagger insists he's sounding as good as ever on the Rolling Stones' 50 & Counting tour.
Quote: "I had an operation a year ago, where they had to open my foot up and refill the hole in the bone with parts of my knee and hip. It took really well and has healed, but I still have to be careful with standing too long." Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood has bounced back from major foot surgery to tour again.
Quote: "It's like this: We say we want to put a Stones tour together and people come to us with proposals. And these proposals are all basically the same. We actually did push down the prices a little bit... but it's the price of the market... I don't have much to do with it other than I would like people to get in, to be able to afford to get in, without sort of starving their babies and all." Keith Richards on the high price for tickets to see the Rolling Stones on tour. The band was forced to release a number of cut-price tickets to sell out their 50 & Counting tour opener in Los Angeles on Friday (03May13).
Quote: "Hugh has been hanging out with Ronnie and they have been having a great time. They met doing charity work and Ronnie told Hugh how much they loved Downton. Apparently they were stopping rehearsals on Sunday nights in time to get back to watch it." Laura Carmichael was amazed to learn the Rolling Stones are huge fans of her period drama Downton Abbey after her co-star Hugh Bonneville struck up a friendship with drummer Ronnie Wood.
Quote: "No, haha. I tell Woody, I seen 'em once - in 1963 at Eel Pie Island (in London) - I don't have to see them again! I've got nothing but admiration for them - from a distance." Rod Stewart will not be watching his rock pals THE Rolling Stones' comeback concerts later this year (13).
Quote: "There may have been a slight twist of the arm... I thought it would be well worth doing... Something we owed to the people - I think - to get in there amongst the muck and bullets and be part of the atmosphere there. I think the Stones would be perfect there." Ronnie Wood admits he was the driving force behind The Rolling Stones' decision to headline this year's (13) Glastonbury festival in Britain.
Fact: The Rolling Stones star Ronnie Wood launched a new art exhibition in London this week (beg08Apr13) of paintings depicting his bandmates.
Quote: "We've got lots of other possibilities in the rest of the world, but we haven't booked anything. And we don't really have a big stadium stage at the moment. We could get one." Sir Mick Jagger hints The Rolling Stones could schedule more shows around the world after playing in North America and Britain this summer (13).
Quote: "I worry a lot. You see that post, 'I hope they do Wild Horses,' and then we do some obscure ballad, perhaps not brilliantly. Then you see, 'It was really good, that obscure ballad, but actually I wanted them to do Wild Horses.'" Sir Mick Jagger has trawled through fan messages online to pick the right set list for Rolling Stones gigs.
Quote: "The shows last year were just too overwhelming (not to do it again)... You get antsy when you're not on the road after 50 years..." Veteran rocker Keith Richards couldn't wait to get back onstage after celebrating The Rolling Stones' 50th anniversary with a set of reunion gigs last year (12). The band recently announced a new run of concerts for North America and the U.K., which will kick off in May (13).
Quote: "I just have to train a lot and keep really fit. I want to do these moves, but I can't do them because if I did, I'd probably screw up. You just got to do what's within your capabilities. I don't want it to look wrong, so I'm going to stay within my boundaries." Mick Jagger on preparing for the Rolling Stones' upcoming concerts.
Quote: "Glastonbury, it's old hat really. I never liked the hippy thing to start with. It's not what I'd like to do for a weekend, I can tell you." The Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts is dreading the band's upcoming appearance at the legendary British music festival.
Quote: "I've written seven books. I've got my own band. I did charity cricket for 12 years with Eric Clapton. I've got my restaurant, Sticky Fingers, which still has the best burgers in town. I found 300 coins on a Roman site they never knew was there. I got the very first Apple computer in England in 1979. I work morning, noon and night. I only take breaks for the toilet, cups of tea and dinner. My feeling is that I'd better get it done while I can." Former Rolling Stones rocker Bill Wyman is a man of many interests.
Tweet: "When Ron Wood gave me his pick and said I really love that song about you (your) Hair, is that not every girl's dream." Lady GaGa is thrilled with a gift and compliment from Ronnie Wood after she performed with The Rolling Stones in New Jersey on Saturday night (15Dec12).
Quote: "People assume it's party, party, party, but we were watching (British Tv show) Taggart and eating cheese." Ronnie Wood's fiancee Sally Humphreys insists the Rolling Stones went to bed early after wrapping their comeback shows in London last month (Nov12).
Quote: "There's a lot of change in America since we first came here. This film... takes you back to a younger, perhaps gentler, America... Where there (were) no smart phones... no emails. And a simpler America, where we didn't read other people's emails, so we didn't know four-star generals were having affairs." Sir Mick Jagger jokes about shamed Cia boss David Petraeus at a screening of the Rolling Stones' new documentary in New York on Tuesday night (13Nov12). Petraeus quit on Friday (09Nov12) over an affair with his biographer.
Fact: The Rolling Stones are taking their highly-anticipated comeback shows to New York - they have added a date at the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn for 8 December (12). The legendary rockers had previously only announced plans to play two concerts in London (25&29Nov12) and two in New Jersey (13&15Dec12) for their 50 and Counting anniversary tour. Tickets for the Big Apple gig will go on sale next Monday (19Nov12).
Quote: "That's one band I'd buy a ticket for every time. I have to. I love them. They've still got it. Their faces look like Mount Rushmore but they have full heads of hair and are skinny." Rocker Jon Bon Jovi has paid $1,500 (£937) for a pair of tickets to see The Rolling Stones play at their upcoming 50th anniversary gigs.
Fact: The Rolling Stones played a secret show in Paris, France on Monday night (29Oct12). The Brown Sugar hitmakers performed at the 1,800-capacity Theatre Mogador, their second Paris concert in a week following Thursday's (25Oct12) set at La Trabendo. They are warming up for two huge shows in London next month (Nov12) followed by two in Newark, New Jersey in December (12).
Fact: All of the tickets for The Rolling Stones' two comeback gigs at London's O2 Arena in November (12) sold out in just seven minutes when they went on general sale on Friday (19Oct12).
Quote: "A lot is historical stuff and I've got a good memory." Bill Wyman on recent projects that have brought him and former The Rolling Stones bandmates back together. Unconfirmed rumours suggest the bass player will be joining the group for upcoming concerts in London and New Jersey.
Fact: The Rolling Stones have released their first new song in seven years. The rockers unveiled Doom and Gloom on Thursday (11Oct12) amid rumours the stars will soon announce a series of big tour dates in the U.K. and U.S. to mark the band's 50th anniversary this year (12). The track is from the group's upcoming Grrr! Greatest Hits collection.
Fact: Crossfire Hurricane, the new film documenting The Rolling Stones' career from their early road trips and gigs in the 1960s, will simultaneously premiere at 250 cinemas across the U.K. and Ireland on 18 October (12).
Quote: "In 1977 Mick came into my life. I still love him. How can you un-love? Breaking up with Mick was painful but I was with him for 23 years and the fact we stayed together so long and made such a wonderful family was an amazing success." Sir Mick Jagger's ex-wife Jerry Hall still shares a bond with the Rolling Stones legend, despite ending their relationship 13 years ago.
Quote: "I want to be with someone who is for me, not because I'm Ronnie Wood... Sally's perfect. We're both really, really happy. It's a breath of fresh air to be with someone who has the same interests. We love the arts and it's a lot of fun being together at the theatre or the concert. Sally also gets on with my friends. We went out for dinner with Paul MCCartney and his wife the other week. It was a really nice evening." Rolling Stones rocker Ronnie Wood, 65, is happily settled with 34-year-old theatre producer Sally Humphreys.
Quote: "When you kick off a song, you say, 'I can't remember how the middle bit goes' but the fingers remember even if you don't. I don't practise as much as I should but now that we're putting the act together again, I'm getting the chops back together." Guitarist Keith Richards often forgets how to play the Rolling Stones' greatest hits.
Fact: Rolling Stones rocker Ronnie Wood's ex-girlfriend, Ekaterina Ivanova, has launched a new career as a topless model. The 23-year-old former waitress was unveiled in a photoshoot for British newspaper The Sun on Monday (16Jul12).
Quote: "I happened to be driving through London a couple of years ago and I saw Charlie Watts out of the window. He was standing on the corner of a street, in a suit, looking up at a building... I told my driver to stop, rolled my window down and got out my camera to take a picture, but there was no film in it. So I just yelled, 'I'm a big fan!' He looked at me like I was mad." Benicio Del Toro had a chance encounter with the Rolling Stones star.
Quote: "To be honest I don't think much of marriage. I'm not saying people shouldn't do it but it's not for me. And not for quite a few others it would appear." Rolling Stones legend Sir Mick Jagger won't be walking down the aisle with his girlfriend of 10 years, L'Wren Scott.
Fact: Rolling Stones rocker Ronnie Wood's ex-girlfriend Ekaterina Ivanova is engaged to singer David Arthur. Wood called off his marriage to wife Jo Wood after his affair with cocktail waitress Ivanova was exposed.
Quote: "I always knew I was going to the Stones, but Mick didn't want to break up Faces. I told him to call me if he got desperate. He called one day and said, 'I am desperate.'" Ronnie Wood on how his Rolling Stones co-star Sir Mick Jagger asked him to join the legendary band.
Quote: "It's like working out for the Olympics or something. You've got to go into training. So we're going to go into training." Ronnie Wood is ready to 'work out' in the studio with his Rolling Stones bandmembers ahead of a possible concert next year (13) to celebrate the group's landmark 50th anniversary.
Fact: A glass mural is to be erected at the train station where Rolling Stones legends Sir Mick Jagger and Keith Richards first met. The pair started chatting after a chance meeting at the Dartford station in Kent, England in 1961, when the future frontman asked Richards to join his band Little Boy Blue and the Blue Boys. They formed the Rolling Stones in 1962.
Fact: The Rolling Stones are re-issuing their hit 1978 record Some Girls in November (11). The album has been remastered and will feature previously unseen photographs of the band taken around the time of the original release.
Quote: "It's a healthy tension. I think that's part of The Rolling Stones. If it was all flowers and kisses then I think it would be boring." The rockers' enduring keyboardist Chuck Leavell believes their fiery personality has kept them interesting.
Quote: "I haven't heard anything about it. I just wish him luck." Keith Richards knows very little about new supergroup, Super Heavy, featuring his Rolling Stones bandmate Sir Mick Jagger.
Fact: Rocker John Mayer is recording his new album with Rolling Stones keyboardist Chuck Leavell.
Fact: The Rolling Stones stars Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts teamed up with former members Mick Taylor and Bill Wyman on Wednesday (09Mar11) to pay tribute to founding member Ian Stewart, who died of a heart attack in 1985. The rockers celebrated Stewart's life and raised money for the British Heart Foundation at the gig, held at London's Ambassadors Theatre.
Quote: "Keith, he still communicates through fax. That's why I never hear much from him - because I ain't got a fax machine. You get a message from Keith on a fax. You get, 'I don't know when, I don't know where, just get ready. Love, Keith.' It means we may be touring sometime in the next decade." Ronnie Wood admits his ROLLING STONE bandmate Keith Richards is behind the times when it comes to technology.
Fact: Rolling Stones rocker Ronnie Wood showed off his dance skills as he joined a samba class in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The guitarist has been touring South America on vacation with his Brazilian girlfriend Ana Araujo.
Quote: "The Stones don't do each other's books. Nobody said to me when mine came out, 'Oh, I've read your book with interest, Ron.' No way. It was kind of, 'You've got a book out. Get over it.'" Rolling Stones rocker Ronnie Wood has no plans to read his bandmates' autobiographies.
Quote: "We went to the Playboy mansion in Chicago. And at that time, stupid me, I took my girlfriend so... How much trouble could I really get into?" Stevie Wonder insists he was extremely well-behaved when he visited the Playboy mansion with the Rolling Stones in the 1970s.
Quote: "People say all the time, 'Your dad is so cool!' But I'm like, 'They're my parents and they cringe me out all the time!' For me, they are not super-cool because mum is really obsessed with nerdy stuff. She loves her chicken farming... (and) my dad is actually a bit of a history buff." GEORGIA MAY JAGGER is embarrassed by her Rolling Stones rocker dad SIR Mick Jagger and model mum Jerry Hall.
Quote: "We are due for our summit meeting this year. I saw Keith (Richards) last week and Mick (Jagger) the week before and Charlie (Watts) the week before that. Everybody has itchy feet so I hope something is on the horizon for the Stones next year." Ronnie Wood is raring to hit the road again with the Rolling Stones.
Quote: "I'm like a newborn baby. I'm waking up and thinking, 'Wow, I actually know what I'm doing.'" Rolling Stones rocker Ronnie Wood is enjoying his teetotal lifestyle after years of substance abuse.
Quote: "Fame is probably a bigger killer than drugs in my game." Veteran Rolling Stones rocker Keith Richards on the dangerous temptations that come with celebrity.
Quote: "It's the most difficult thing I've ever done. I'd rather make 10 records." Rolling Stones star Keith Richards struggled to complete his new autobiography, Life.
Quote: "He was high and crashed out on my dad's couch in the living room. My dad come down in the morning, opens the curtain and Keith went, 'F**k off!' And my dad came straight back with, 'Nobody swears in my house!' and ordered him out. Keith had a tremendous amount of respect for my dad after that." Ronnie Wood recalls his Rolling Stones bandmate Keith Richards making a bad impression when he took the guitarist home for the first time.
Quote: "We were paying to be the Rolling Stones. The place where we lived... was truly disgusting. We almost made it our professional business for it to be so, since we had little means to make it otherwise. We moved in in the summer of 1962 and lived there for a year through the coldest winter since 1740." Keith Richards recalls the band's humble beginnings in his new memoir LIFE.
Fact: JAY-Z and Rolling Stones star Keith Richards are to give lectures at the New York Public Library this autumn (10). The guitarist will speak on 29 October to promote his memoir Life, while rapper Jay-Z will offer extracts from his new autobiography Decoded two weeks later (15Nov10). Nobel laureate Toni Morrison and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet W.S. Merwin are also on the library's list of upcoming speakers.
Fact: Revellers at the Hard Rock Calling festival in London's Hyde Park on 27 June (10) will be treated to a special tribute exhibition of photographs taken by Sir Paul McCartney's late wife LINDA. The snapper's most iconic pictures, including ones of John Lennon and the Rolling Stones will be on show at the event's VIP tent.
Quote: "I didn't know anything about dice playing (so) I asked my housekeeper in Los Angeles if she played dice. She did and she told me these terms." SIR Mick Jagger admits the Rolling Stones song TUMBLING DICE was inspired by his maid.
Quote: "We were young, good-looking and stupid then. Now we're just stupid." SIR Mick Jagger jokes about how the Rolling Stones have changed since the release of their 1972 album EXILE ON MAIN STREET.
Quote: "It looked like a very expensive hooker's room. It had some sort of pink motif and a very large bed. I remember bonking some bird in there one night and getting discovered." Engineer ANDY JOHNS recalls Charlie Watts' bedroom at KEITH RICHARDS French chateau - where the Rolling Stones recorded the Exile on Main Street album.
Fact: Mick Taylor returned to the studio with the Rolling Stones for the first time since quitting the group in 1974 - to work on the band's remastered Exile on Main Street album. Frontman Mick Jagger invited the rocker to join him for a revamp on the track Plundered My Soul because he needed, "those Mick Taylor lead lines". Taylor was a Stones star when the band recorded Exile on Main Street in France in the early 1970s.
Quote: "I usually wait for a call from him saying 'Let's make something, let's do something', because without his actual 'want to do it', there's not much point. I'm always working. I've got ideas for stuff but I haven't put them together yet with Mick. But I'm seeing him next week." Keith Richards hints he will be talking to his bandmate Mick Jagger about the possibility of making a new Rolling Stones album.
Fact: Veteran rockers THE Rolling Stones turned out in New York City on Tuesday night (11May10) to launch a documentary about the making of their classic 1972 album Exile on Main Street. Stones In Exile, which contains never before seen footage, will air on U.S. TV next week (beg17May10). The album will be rereleased in June (10).
Quote: "People always like to make you all very cut and dried and simple - 'Oh, he's a maniac.' And I can be, when I have the time for it, but I'm also growing up. I pace myself. Even I couldn't be that kind of Keith Richards all the time." Rolling Stones rocker KEITH RICHARDS, 66, is finally acting his age.
Quote: "We always have this moment of hesitation where we don't know if Keith's going to get the intro right." Rolling Stones rocker Ronnie Wood admits his bandmate Keith Richards often forgets what song he's supposed to be playing.
Fact: Rolling Stones rocker Ronnie Wood is taking to the airwaves - he's set to host a weekly show on British station Absolute Radio. His first programme will air on 8 April (10).
Quote: "I always think I haven't thanked Mick enough for singing on YOU'RE SO VAIN. I don't think it would have been the hit it was without Mick's voice." Carly Simon praises ROLLING STONE rocker SIR Mick Jagger for contributing to her hit song.
Quote: "I've never been a big Beatles fan. Of Ringo, yes, but not of the music. And I've always hated Elvis. He was the last one I wanted to use as a guide. Miles Davis and Fats Domino, yes, but Elvis, no." Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts reveals his musical tastes.
Quote: "It's annoying to see myself in the papers practically every day." Rolling Stones rocker Ronnie Wood doesn't like seeing his troubled personal life splashed across the front pages.
Quote: "Honestly, I couldn't care less if it were over and done with the Stones tomorrow." Drummer Charlie Watts would be happy to move on from the Rolling Stones.
Fact: Rolling Stones rocker Ronnie Wood is planning to release his first solo album since 2001. The guitarist's I FEEL LIKE PLAYING is due to hit shelves in the New Year (10).
Quote: "I always admired, and felt for, Mick Jagger. I've been to the Stones' rehearsals. You gotta run that band - and he does, maybe to a fault... I thought Jagger was a great band leader, because the Stones always had a good show, and the material was well picked." Tom Petty credits MICK JAGGER for the Rolling Stones' success.
Fact: Rolling Stones rocker Ronnie Wood's estranged wife JO is hanging up her dancing shoes after failing to impress the judges on U.K. TV talent show Strictly Come Dancing. The 53 year old was voted out of the competition on Saturday (24Oct09).
Quote: "When I was 12 and first started wearing lipstick, my dad would ask, 'Are you wearing make-up?' I would point to a photo of him in blue eye shadow and say, 'You're wearing more make-up in that picture than I am now!'" SIR Mick Jagger's daughter GEORGIA MAY on growing up as the daughter of a ROLLING STONE.
Quote: "All we have to do is stay alive and we'll always be five years ahead of THE Beatles, five years ahead of THE Rolling Stones - they've all still got five years to go before they can celebrate their 50th." SIR Cliff Richard is pleased to celebrate his 50th year in rock by touring with his old band The Shadows.
Fact: One of TV talent show sensation Susan Boyle's first singles will be a rendition of the Rolling Stones' WILD HORSES. Boyle took the Internet by storm earlier this year (09) when her audition for Britain's Got Talent went viral - she finished as the competition's runner-up.
Quote: "They should have made a super group called the Bones." Pop star Justin Timberlake wishes the Rolling Stones and THE Beatles had merged to form a new supergroup.
Fact: A guitar once owned by former Rolling Stones musician Mick Taylor is expected to fetch $150,000 (£100,000) when it is auctioned in London this October (09).
Quote: "My green Doc Martens now belong to Keith Richards. He stole them from me. He looked at them and said, 'I'm having that'." Johnny Depp has been forced to give up his beloved boots to the Rolling Stones star who played his father in the third Pirates Of The Caribbean movie.
Fact: THE Rolling Stones released their self-titled debut album 45 years ago on Thursday (16Apr09). The album featured covers of Willie Dixon's I Just Want To Make Love To You and Marvin Gaye's Can I Get A Witness and Little By Little, which the Stones co-wrote with Phil Spector.
Quote: "Im not saying they dont keep going, but they need BILL. Without him theyre a funk band. Theyll be the real Rolling Stones when they get Bill back." Veteran musician Bob Dylan is convinced the Rolling Stones will never be the same with out former bassist Bill Wyman who quit in 1992.
Quote: "I never took Mick Jagger seriously. I always thought he was a friend. When he was pursuing me I just thought he was kidding." Eric Clapton and George Harrison's ex-wife PATTIE BOYD never fell for the ROLLING STONE's charms.
Fact: Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder will appear as a guest on Rolling Stones star Ronnie Wood's upcoming solo album MORE GOOD NEWS.
Fact: Soul legend Bobby Womack came full circle with his ALL OVER NOW hit at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Saturday (04Apr09) by performing the song he wrote with Rolling Stones star Ron Wood. Wood paid tribute to the singer/songwriter at the ceremony and reminded the audience that the Stones had their first number one with Womack's tune.
Fact: Actor JOHN C. REILLY rocked out at the age of 11 with his brother and a neighbourhood pal in a cover band they called SHARK FIGHTER, playing songs by rockers AC DC, Led Zeppelin and THE Rolling Stones.
Fact: Famed British rock venue the LONDON ASTORIA will close its doors for the last time on Wednesday (14Jan09) after 32 years. The 2,000 capacity venue, which has hosted legendary shows by the Rolling Stones, U2, Nirvana, Metallica, and Pearl Jam, will be bulldozed to make way for a new rail link after a massive public campaign to save it failed.
Quote: "What a band! No wonder they survived. They're the best band in the world. Who on Earth made that noise?" British actor Bill Nighy is a big fan of the Rolling Stones.
Quote: A new housing estate in Kent, England where SIR Mick Jagger and Keith Richards grew up is naming all of its 13 streets after Rolling Stones hits. Road names are set to include Satisfaction Street, Ruby Tuesday Drive and Stones Avenue.
Fact: THE Rolling Stones, David Bowie and Amy Winehouse are among the stars who have loaned concert memorabilia to a new exhibition at London's O2 Arena charting the history of British pop music.
Quote: "We're going to start work on another Stones record next year." Ronnie Wood confirms the Rolling Stones are heading back to the studio.
Quote: "When I was in New York one time, I remember Janis Joplin, she was always trying to pull me." Rolling Stones rocker Ronnie Wood on his mischievous youth.
Fact: ROLLING STONE rocker Ronnie Wood, the Spice Girls, and celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay are among a host of British stars who have donated autographed items to an auction in aid of U.K. teen cancer survivor ANNIE DICKENSON. The items will be sold off to help towards costs for her recovery treatment from Hodgkin's lymphoma.
Fact: Iconic music magazine ROLLING STONE, which has featured controversial covers of John Lennon, Britney Spears and Kanye West, is set to change its signature magazine size. The publication will adopt industry standard measurements for its October (08) issue.
Fact: Rolling Stones star SIR Mick Jagger and his ex-wife Jerry Hall have become the latest celebrities to be photographed by singer-turned-snapper Bryan Adams. The former couple has posed for a charity campaign to raise awareness about hearing loss.
Quote: "I have decided I won't marry again - you think you can change someone, but you can only change yourself." Model Jerry Hall's nine-year marriage to ROLLING STONE's frontman SIR Mick Jagger was obviously suffecient.
Quote: "I can't think of anything else he's done that would make my hair stand up on end." Rolling Stones star Keith Richards insists that CHANGES was David Bowie's only memorable song.
Fact: Rolling Stones keyboard player CHUCK LEAVELL, who owns his own 2,500-acre forest in Georgia, was a keynote speaker on how to reforest the planet at the inaugural Brainstorm Green environmental conference in Pasadena, California last week (ends25Apr08).
Quote: "I would have thought that you'd actually have to be able to remember your life in order to write about it." Rolling Stones frontman SIR Mick Jagger takes a swipe at bandmate Keith Richards' upcoming memoirs.
Quote: "I met him (Mick Jagger) on a dance floor and I thought: 'Who is this midget?'" Former model Janice Dickinson was less than thrilled to meet Rolling Stones frontman SIR MICK JAGGER.
Quote: "Hats off to CHUCK any time! He's 81 at least. Sure there are a few rough edges between us, but that's because he knows I'm better than him. But I'm not." THE Rolling Stones star Keith Richards has a lot of respect for veteran singer Chuck Berry.
Quote: "I did it for this outfit. And I got a great guitar case out of it!" THE Rolling Stones star Keith Richards on why he agreed to model for French fashion house Louis Vuitton.
Quote: "Ah yes. Hillary Clinton. My groupie, as I call her now." Rolling Stones rocker Keith Richards on the U.S. presidential candidate, who also makes a cameo appearance in SHINE A LIGHT, Martin Scorsese's new film about the band.
Quote: "I'm the luckiest cat. Ask me if I'm satisfied. I've always been satisfied. I wrote that song - (I CAN'T GET NO) SATISFACTION - because I was thinking about what life would be like if you weren't in the Rolling Stones." Keith Richards is a happy man.
Quote: "He needs a parrot... He's an icon, I suppose, an iconic pirate... I hope he's not going to have a peg leg. I hope it doesn't come to that. But, you know, it could." Mick Jagger pokes fun at his THE Rolling Stones bandmate Keith Richards' portrayal of Johnny Depp's pirate dad in the third and final Pirates Of The Caribbean movie.
Quote: "There we are onstage, rocking, and there he is backstage, croaking. What can you do? I loved him. But, you know, what better way to go? Backstage at a Stones show? That's how I wanna go." Keith Richards on the death of music mogul AHMET ERTEGUN, who died shortly after a fall at one of two Beacon Theatre, NewYork shows THE Rolling Stones performed at for their SHINE A LIGHT concert film.
Quote: "I've read every book ever written. I'm running out. Somebody please write one!" THE Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards is very well read.
Quote: "We were well prepared for a film because KEITH (RICHARDS) sat us all down before we went on stage and told us how to act, now he's a Pirates Of The Caribbean star!" SIR Mick Jagger jokes about the band's preparation for Martin Scorsese's Rolling Stones documentary SHINE A LIGHT.
Quote: "That was a p**ck, you know. The guy's got a hard-on against me and I decided to answer him - just told him to shut his gob or I'd run his man out of town... I don't know. Maybe I screwed his old lady... He's only a Swede after all. He's not even a turnip, is he?... I could have had him shot." Keith Richards is still gunning for the journalist who slammed a Rolling Stones' performance last year (07).
Quote: "For me, doing a Rolling Stones show for two hours a night, that's enough f**king exercise, you know? Then I've got to go to bed with old lady, bonka bonka. You know?" Veteran rocker Keith Richards talks through his fitness regime.
Quote: "She should get her act together. Apart from that, I have got nothing to say to the bitch." Rolling Stones star Keith Richards is unsympathetic towards troubled singer AMY WINEHOUSE.
Quote: "Shine a Light is the only Martin Scorsese movie I know that doesn't have Gimme Shelter in it!" Rolling Stones frontman SIR Mick Jagger on the MARTIN SCORSESE-directed documentary about the legendary band.
Fact: Former Rolling Stones bandmates Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor are to reunite for a show in Amsterdam, The Netherlands in March (08). Taylor will join Wyman's band the Rhythm Kings for a concert with rock 'n' roll legend CHUCK BERRY.
Fact: The Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood is such a massive fan of folk band Beirut, he actively pursued the group and asked for their autograph during filming for British TV programme, LATER... WITH JOOLS HOLLAND on Tuesday (04Dec07).
Quote: "The first thing RONNIE borrowed from me was some pink velvet trousers. He still wears my clothes. I wear his, too, but these days I can't fit into his jeans." JO WOOD on her Rolling Stones star husband RONNIE's penchant for cross-dressing.
Quote: "We're THE Rolling Stones or the Bob Dylan of the rap game. Most people know it, but Americans know it last." Rapper Chuck D is pleased Public Enemy are now as acclaimed in his native U.S. as they are elsewhere.
Fact: Adolf Hitler received more fan mail in his lifetime than Madonna, THE Beatles and THE Rolling Stones combined.
Fact: Reggae/dancehall legend LEE 'SCRATCH' PERRY is recording a new rock record, featuring a collaboration with Rolling Stones star Keith Richards.
Quote: "We played with them and I totally enjoyed it. It was great to see. But they only put out albums to remind people they're going on tour." Queens Of The Stone Age star Josh Homme on former tour mates the Rolling Stones.
Fact: THE Rolling Stones' concert in Werchter, Belgium, last night (05Jun07) caused a traffic jam for 50 kilometres (31 miles).
Fact: Rolling Stones rocker Ronnie Wood received an unusual early birthday present from his wife JO yesterday (24May07) - she splashed out $80,000 (GBP40,000) on a Romany gipsy caravan. The guitarist turns 60 next week (01Jun07).
Fact: ROLLING WITH THE STONES, former Rolling Stones star Bill Wyman's coffee table book about his life as the group's bassist, has sold more than 400,000 copies worldwide and has been translated into 12 different languages. The book, which features anecdotes, photos and memorabilia Wyman collected while rocking with the Stones, was released in 2002.
Quote: "Well you don't hire Keith Richards to get a guy who shows up in the morning, on time wearing a suit and tie. You get a guy who shows up at night, on time, with a bottle of wine. There were good times on the set." Screenwriter Terry Rossio enjoyed working with the Rolling Stones guitarist on the third Pirates Of The Caribbean movie.
Quote: "I started out when there was HENRY MANCINI in the audience and half the people weren't even allowed to be there - the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, James Brown, they didn't come. It's amazing what the Grammys have become." Soul star Lionel Richie gets nostalgic on the Grammy Awards red carpet.
Quote: "I started out when there was HENRY MANCINI in the audience and half the people weren't even allowed to be there - the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, James Brown, they didn't come. It's amazing what the Grammys have become." Soul star Lionel Richie gets nostalgic on the Grammy Awards red carpet.
Quote: "They've made great music, but they don't seem like something I'd like us to be. They don't seem to have a real band unity. I don't know that they enjoy the process as much." Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis has no plans to emulate THE Rolling Stones.
Quote: "The Rolling Stones play the same show in a 2,000-seat venue as they do in a 52,000-seat venue and they were so loud... I walked out of there and went home and it was like bacon sizzling in my ear the entire night." Alec Baldwin was stunned after watching the supergroup at former US President Bill Clinton's birthday celebration at the Beacon Theatre in New York last week (29OCT06).
Fact: Former Rolling Stones star Bill Wyman turned 70 today (24OCT06)
Quote: "THE Rolling Stones and I go way back. Now, there was a time when I'd go into an arena and whip that crowd into a living frenzy before they ever came on stage. But I don't do that anymore. I'm more likely to just see the show." Jack Nicholson likes to watch the Brown Sugar band incognito these days.
Fact: Hip-hop mogul Shawn 'Jay-Z' Carter has become just the third African-American to make it onto this year's (06) Vanity Fair Annual New Establishment Power List. The rapper ranks number 46, behind Oprah Winfrey (9) and RICHARD PARSONS of Time Warner (11). Carter is also one of three musical artists that made the list, along with U2 frontman Bono (24) and Rolling Stones star SIR Mick Jagger (56).
Quote: "I had a lot of fun with my balloons. I'll certainly be doing them again." Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood confesses a new addiction to helium party balloons.
Quote: "I've got some nice pictures out of it. I think I've got an album cover!" Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards jokes about his April (06) accident in Fiji which saw him hospitalised after falling from a small tree.
Quote: "Look! Come and meet my best new mate Tommy Hilfiger! The guy loves my work, apparently! Tommy f**king Hilfiger!" ROLLING STONE guitarist Ronnie Wood gets excited when fashion moguls endorse his paintings.
Quote: "He's had concussion and he had to have this 'ole in 'is 'ead, as I call it." Rolling Stones frontman SIR Mick Jagger describes Keith Richards' head surgery following a fall from a tree in Fiji in April (06).
Quote: "I called him Mickey for a while. He hates that." Keith Richards' daughter THEODORA inherited her Rolling Stones star father's love of teasing SIR MICK JAGGER.
Fact: SIR Mick Jagger's former lover LUCIANA MORAD, with whom he has a son, was proposed to by husband-to-be MARCELO CARVALHO at a Rolling Stones concert.
Fact: Italian soccer stars MARCO MATERAZZI and ALESSANDRO DEL PIERO joined THE Rolling Stones onstage in Milan, Italy last week (ends14JUL06) for a rendition of teammate FRANCESCO TOTTI's theme tune, THE White Stripes' SEVEN NATION ARMY.
Fact: Footage of SIR Mick Jagger's bare bottom from the 1972 Rolling Stones film C**KSUCKER BLUES is up for auction. The two copies, on sale at itsonlyrocknroll.com, start at $30,000 (GBP16,000). The reels of film had no takers as of yesterday (21JUN06).
Quote: "In rock music you are allowed to be the Rolling Stones and be 63 or whatever they are, but pop music is uncharted territory. I'm 51 so we're pushing the boundaries." PET SHOP BOYS star Neil Tennant fears for his musical longevity.
Quote: "What woman hasn't wanted to be MICK (JAGGER)? If you can't be with him you want to be him." Sheryl Crow confesses her love for the Rolling Stones frontman.
Quote: "Every time I hear from the man he's a pain in the a*se. He keeps looking for a fight ... I will let him have it one day." THE Rolling Stones veteran Keith Richards hits back at Oasis rocker Noel Gallagher after he remarked the ageing band's "best work is behind them".
Quote: "I am pleased the Ministry of Culture is protecting the morals of expatriate bankers and their girlfriends." SIR Mick Jagger on being censored during recent Rolling Stones concerts in China.
Quote: "All I have to do is sit there and sing. So if MICK (JAGGER) can run around all night like a rooster on acid, maybe I could do this for a while." STEELY DAY star Donald Fagen is inspired by THE Rolling Stones frontman's touring prowess.
Quote: <p>"Has the album sold as many copies as I would like? No. You always want it to sell more." Veteran rocker SIR Mick Jagger will never be satisfied with the sales figures for THE Rolling Stones' new album A BIGGER BANG. </p>
Fact: <p>Veteran rockers THE Rolling Stones have unveiled a limited-edition collection of wines. The bottles' labels will feature images of significant moments in the band's history. </p>
Quote: <p>"I don't think the show is family entertainment. At the Super Bowl parties I used to go to, when I was living in New York, it was a lot of blokes getting completely p**sed. It seems the women and children are there to open the packets of crisps." SIR Mick Jagger doesn't know why the Super Bowl half-time show has become so sanitised. His group, THE Rolling Stones, will perform at the American football season finale in February (06). </p>
Fact: <p>Stevie Wonder will add a little soul to the proceedings at the Super Bowl in February (06) - he'll perform during the pre-game show at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. THE Rolling Stones will perform at half-time during the big game. </p>
Fact: <p>Supergroup the Rolling Stones are getting plastered on wine! The rockers' famous lips logo will feature on labels of newly released Celebrity Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon. </p>
Fact: <p>Rockers the Rolling Stones have been signed up as the half-time performers at Super Bowl XL in Detroit, Michigan in February (05FEB06). </p>
Fact: <p>Rolling Stones rockers Keith Richards and Mick Jagger are such control freaks they insist on clearing everything personally when they tour, including the design of backstage pass laminates, before they're designed. </p>
Fact: <p>Reformed duo Eurythmics will join THE Rolling Stones and Gwen Stefani, among others, when they perform live at the upcoming American Music Awards on 22 November (05). </p>
Quote: <p>"MICK's a good singer - but he's not as good as me." Rod Stewart passes judgment on THE Rolling Stones frontman SIR Mick Jagger. </p>
Quote: <p>"Meeting Mrs God. God will not be feeling well and his bitch will come to the door with her mudpack on, hair in curlers and a rolling pin. And then I'll have to pay for all this." THE Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards is not looking forward to the after-life. </p>
Fact: <p>Bosses at financial firm Ameriquest have come up with a rock 'n' roll dream date ruse to lure people to their website www.ameriquest.com - the chance to win backstage passes to a Rolling Stones concert as a guest of movie star Kevin Bacon and his brother MICHAEL. </p>
Quote: <p>"They weren't something I wanted to be. We did shows with them. Onstage, they didn't do bugger-all. None of them moved much." Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts wasn't impressed with the Beatles. </p>
Quote: <p>"If I hadn't been well enough to do this tour, someone else would have done it... There's guys in our road crew who can do what I do." Charlie Watts insists the Rolling Stones would have continued to tour without him if his cancer treatment or recovery forced him to sit out of the A BIGGER BANG dates. </p>
Quote: <p>"We're like quarrelsome brothers. It's sibling rivalry, without having the same parents." Keith Richards on his often tempestuous relationship with Rolling Stones bandmate SIR Mick Jagger. </p>