At age 16 I went to my local record store to expand my musical horizon beyond my current LP record "Sound Of Music". It was August 1971, and I just stumbled over Sticky Fingers. I got hooked, to say the least, and the day after I went back for more, and got the Decca compilation Stone Age. Those records have been played to pieces; in fact I had to get another Sticky Fingers due to all the crackles.
By 1973 I was totally hooked, had got into collecting rare stuff like Beautiful Delilah, Live In Detroit, the entire back catalogue of Decca back to 1963, and were on my way to my first Stones concert in Scandinavium, Gothenburg, Sweden. What can be said, except I'm still dreaming of those great moments, Mick Taylor, Mick Jagger, Keith, Charlie, Bill, and Billy Preston. Angie! Midnight Rambler! Need I say more?
Since then I have got a family, work and all that usual sivilized stuff, but The Rolling Stones remains the first ones to get into my life, seriously, and they are still there, creating great moments!
I have been so lucky to see the Rolling Stones live many, many times during the tours in 1973, 1982, 1989, 1990, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 ... more than five hundred great live shows over the years. Also to see them rehearsing in the studio, private club shows and being up close with each of the band members. Little did I know about all of this when I had their latest studio album "Sticky Fingers" in my hands that Saturday morning in August 1971 at our local record shop in Asker. Travel around the world many times, making great friends on all continents, Stones Life is more than rock'n'roll, it is a life with great music and friendship.
In 1980 I just happened to start making a magazine called It's Only Rock'n Roll, which back then went to 30 friends and collectors. These days IORR is printed and distributed to a thousand hard core fans all over the world, covering about 50 countries. In addition, anybody may access IORR.org on the internet through the Web. The IORR web is visited by several hundred thousand unique Stones fans every month, from more than 140 countries across the world. And IORR.org has brought each and every Stones show set list out to the fans from the 1994 shows and on, copied by hundreds of other Stones sites, still originating here on IORR.org.
Enjoy the Stones - and enjoy IORR!
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