MY ROLLING STONES BACKSTORY
Date: February 27, 2019 05:39
Just thought I'd make a post about my deepest appreciation for this band and the history behind why they mean so much to me. My dad has been a HUGE Stones fan since he first heard Satisfaction on the radio in 1965. He really wanted HOT ROCKS for Christmas in 1976. His parents got him, by mistake, MORE HOT ROCKS. He was so dissapointed but when he played the record, he was blown away by all of their deep cuts and has loved them to death ever since. He bought SOME GIRLS the day it came out and always tells me how great the Summer of '78 was because of that album. He even tried getting tickets to see them at the Capitol Theater in Passaic, NJ during the '78 Tour but it was too hard to get tickets. He again tried seeing them in Dallas in '81 when he was in the Air Force, but again wasn't able to go. His dream of seeing them finally came true on October 10th, 1989 when he got to see them at Shea Stadium. He also got to see them on August 14th, 1994 and October 16th, 1997 at Giants Stadium. For the show in '94, my dad got tickets from a scalper for 6th row center in front of the stage. He was REALLY sick that day and my mom thought he shouldn't go but my dad wouldn't EVER miss being so close to the Stones, so my parents went anyway. That's where I come in.
By the time I was 6 years old, my dad was always playing music when we were in the car going somewhere. I loved listening to a lot of older groups but the Stones' music got through to me more than any other band I listened to. The first CD my dad got me from the Stones was FLOWERS and I still have that same CD today. I loved it. I remember FORTY LICKS coming out and hearing Don't Stop all the time in the car. The first Stones album I got brand new for myself with my dad was the live album, LIVE LICKS in 2004. I knew hearing that live album that I would one day get to see them live, in person, with my very own eyes. My dad and I would also go Stones bootleg shopping in the Village in NYC, which was always so much fun for me. When A BIGGER BANG came out in September 2005, I remember going to Tower Records with my dad, buying the CD and blasting it the car while I held the album, trying to make out all of the songs on the back. My dream of seeing them came true on September 27th, 2006, 17 years younger than when my dad first saw them in concert for the first time. 10 year old me was excited beyond words. My dad said there was nothing that made him smile more than seeing my face light up as they came out on stage playing It's Only Rock 'n Roll. It was one of the greatest nights of my life. The Stones became a huge part of my life as I got older. I saw SHINE A LIGHT and LADIES IN GENTLEMEN in theaters, bought the EXILE and SOME GIRLS reissues as I dreamed of seeing them live again.
Sadly, I missed out on seeing them during the 50 & Counting tour but got to watch the Paper-View show live. When they announced the Zip Code Tour, I was disappointed they weren't playing in NYC area. My dad and I decided to take a road trip to Pittsburgh and I got to see them again on June 20th, 2015 at Heinz Field. The 19 year old me was just as excited as the 10 year old me was when they came out onstage playing Jumpin' Jack Flash. The bond I have with my dad over the Stones is something I'd never trade for anything else. We were both in our glory when we heard BLUE & LONESOME for the first time. Plus, the day after the album came out, we went to NYC to see Exhibitionism. Seeing their guitars, clothing, written lyrics was like an out of body experience. The two of us stood in front of Mick's 1969 tour outfit. I was in complete awe. I thought about the film GIMME SHELTER at that moment. Mick Jagger wore that outfit at some of the most famous concerts in music history at Madison Square Garden and Altamont in front of hundreds of thousands of people and in that moment, we were the only two standing right in front of it. It gave me the chills. We could have stayed at Exhibitionism all night. Hell, I would have stayed all week looking at the artifacts.
Now at present day, I'm almost 23 years old, still listening to the Stones just about every day, posting Stones outtakes on YouTube, insanely excited for a new album of originals. I'll be seeing the Stones on June 13th at Metlife Stadium but sadly my dad won't be able to accompany this time but I know he'll be right next to me in spirit. I still can't put my finger on why I love the Stones' music so much. I think it's because they've written amazing, catchy songs over the past 50 (almost 60) years. They're albums are so much fun to listen to, a lot of them utter masterpieces. I think it's also the bond I share with my dad over the Stones. He's given me the greatest gift of loving the greatest rock 'n roll band in the world. I'm so glad we're able to love them together. I'd love to hear all of your Stones backstories too. We all share a bond here, no matter how far away we are from one another in this huge world, our love for this band makes it seem like we're always together, sharing news, stories, pictures and music from the boys, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ron Wood, Charlie Watts, Bill Wyman, Brian Jones and Mick Taylor.......THE ROLLING STONES