The Rolling Stones concerts

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The Rolling Stones concert at Washington–Grizzly Stadium in Missoula, Montana on 4 October 2006.

Since forming in 1962, the English rock band The Rolling Stones have performed more than two thousand concerts around the world, becoming one of the world's most popular live music attractions in the process.

In their early years of performing, the band would undertake numerous short tours of the United Kingdom and North America, playing in small- and medium-size venues to audiences composed largely of screaming girls. As time moved on, their audience base expanded (in terms of both size and diversity) and they would increasingly favour larger arenas and stadiums. For many years, the group would choose to play North America, Continental Europe, and the United Kingdom on a three-year rotating cycle.

Many audio recordings exist of Rolling Stones concerts, both official and unofficial. Seventeen official concert albums (eighteen in the US) have been released by the band; 6 of which were previously unreleased concert recordings released from 2011–2012, including the highly bootlegged Brussels Affair. Several of their concerts have also been filmed and released under a variety of titles, such as Stones in the Park which records the band's performance at Hyde Park in 1969.

The most famous and heavily documented of all the band's concerts was the Altamont Free Concert at the Altamont Speedway in 1969. For this concert, the biker gang Hells Angels provided security, which resulted in a fan, Meredith Hunter, being stabbed and beaten to death by the Angels after he drew a firearm.[1] Part of the tour and the Altamont concert were documented in Albert and David Maysles' film Gimme Shelter. As a response to the growing popularity of bootleg recordings, the album Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out! (UK 1; US 6) was released in 1970; it was declared by critic Lester Bangs to be the best live album ever.[2]

The biggest concert the band gave was in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, during the "Bigger Bang Tour", in 2006.

Concert tour chronology[edit]

In bold, the tours which, when completed became the highest-grossing of all time.

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  1. ^ The Rolling Stones' 12 July 1962 debut show 14-song setlist was as follows: Kansas City (Wilbert Harrison cover); Honey What's Wrong (Bully Fury cover); Confessin' The Blues (Chuck Berry cover); Bright Lights, Big City (Jimmy Reed cover); Dusty My Blues (Elmore James cover); Down The Road Apiece (Chuck Berry cover); I Wanna Love You (Charles Smith cover), I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man (Muddy Waters cover); Back In The U.S.A. (Chuck Berry cover); Kind Of Lonesome (Jimmy Reed cover); Blues Before Sunrise (Elmore James cover); Big Boss Man (Jimmy Reed cover); Don't Stay Out All Night (Billy Boy Arnold cover); Happy Home (Elmore James cover). The line-up was: Mick, Keith, Brian, Stu, and Dick, but no drummer.[3][4]


  1. ^ Burks, John, "Rock & Roll's Worst Day: The aftermath of Altamont", Rolling Stone, 1970-02-07, URL retrieved 18 April 2007
  2. ^ Bangs, Lester. "The Rolling Stones: Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out". Rolling Stone. 12 November 1970 (accessed 28 April 2007)
  3. ^ "Blues before sunrise – Marquee Club, 165 Oxford St, London W1D 2JW". July 2016. Retrieved 13 July 2016.
  4. ^ "12th July 1962". July 2016. Retrieved 13 July 2016.

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