The Rolling Stones-14 On Fire @ Du Arena, Abu Dhabi on February 21 2014

the rolling stones 14 on fire @ du arena, abu dhabi on february 21 2014

The Rolling Stones 14 on Fire Tour:  Abu Dhabi, february 21,  their very first performance in the UAE. Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood played a set of nineteen songs to a sold out crowd, including ‘Gimme Shelter’, which was voted by fans as the UAE’s favourite Stones song in an online poll.

The band kicked off their latest jaunt in the capital with a two hour performance that may have lacked in surprises but packed with enough hits to keep both the faithful and first-timers happy. The concert also cemented du Arena as the region’s leading concert venue.

However, those used to extra space in the Fire Pit and Golden Circle areas of the arena received a rude shock; the combination of over 30,000 people and the 40 metre T-Shaped stage split both sections in two, cramming fans in on both sides.

The 14 On Fire Tour may not be that different to their previous performances, but it remains another celebration of rock’n’roll by a revered band who fifty years on, are still showing us how it’s done.

The Rolling Stones are an English rock band formed in London in 1962. The first settled The Rolling Stones-14 On Fire ò Du Arena, Abu Dhabi on February 21 2014line-up consisted of Brian Jones (guitar, harmonica), Ian Stewart (piano), Mick Jagger (lead vocals, harmonica), Keith Richards (guitar), Bill Wyman (bass) and Charlie Watts (drums). Jones left the band less than a month prior to his death in 1969, having already been replaced by Mick Taylor, who left in 1975. Since then Ronnie Wood has been on guitar in tandem with Richards.

The Rolling Stones were in the vanguard of the British Invasion of bands that became popular in the US in 1964–65. At first noted for their longish hair as much as their music, the band are identified with the youthful and rebellious counterculture of the 1960s. They were instrumental in making blues a major part of rock and roll, and of changing the international focus of blues culture to the less sophisticated blues typified by Chess Records artists such as Muddy Waters, writer of “Rollin’ Stone”, the song after which the band is named. Musicologist Robert Palmer attributed the “remarkable endurance” of the Rolling Stones to being “rooted in traditional verities, in rhythm-and-blues and soul music” while “more ephemeral pop fashions have come and gone”.

The Rolling Stones were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989, and the UK Music Hall of FameThe Rolling Stones-14 On Fire ò Du Arena, Abu Dhabi on February 21 2014 in 2004. Rolling Stone magazine ranked them fourth on the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time” list, and their estimated album sales are above 250 million. They have released twenty-nine studio albums, eighteen live albums and numerous compilations. Let It Bleed (1969) was their first of five consecutive number one studio and Live albums in the UK. Sticky Fingers (1971) was the first of eight consecutive number one studio albums in the US. In 2008 the band ranked 10th on the “Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists” chart. In 2012, the band celebrated their 50th anniversary.

The first Jagger/Richards composition to reach number 1 on the UK singles charts was “The Last Time” (released in February 1965); it went to number 9 in the US. It was also later identified by Richards as “the bridge into thinking about writing for the Stones. It gave us a level of confidence; a pathway of how to do it”.

Their first international number-1 hit was “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”, recorded in May 1965 during the band’s third North American tour.

The US version of the LP Out of Our Heads (released in July 1965) also went to number 1; it included seven original songs (three Jagger/Richards numbers and four credited to Nanker Phelge).Their second international number-1 single, “Get Off of My Cloud” was released in the autumn of 1965, followed by another US-only LP: December’s Children.

The Rolling Stones-14 On Fire ò Du Arena, Abu Dhabi on February 21 2014Aftermath (UK number 1; US 2), released in the late spring of 1966, was the first Rolling Stones album to be composed entirely of Jagger/Richards songs. On this album Jones’ contributions expanded beyond guitar and harmonica. To the Middle Eastern-influenced “Paint It, Black” he added sitar, to the ballad “Lady Jane” he added dulcimer, and to “Under My Thumb” he added marimbas. Aftermath was also notable for the almost 12-minute long “Goin’ Home”, the first extended jam on a top-selling rock & roll album.
The band spent the first few months of 1968 working on material for their next album. Those sessions resulted in the song “Jumpin’ Jack Flash”, released as a single in May. The song and the subsequent album, Beggars Banquet (UK number 3; US 5), an eclectic mix of country and blues-inspired tunes, marked the band’s return to their roots, and the beginning of their collaboration with producer Jimmy Miller.
Beginning in 1969, he often used 5-string open-G tuning (with the lower 6th string removed), as heard on the 1969 single “Honky Tonk Women”, “Brown Sugar” (Sticky Fingers, 1971), “Tumbling Dice” (capo IV), “Happy” (capo IV) (Exile on Main St., 1972), and “Start Me Up” (Tattoo You, 1981).
The release of Let It Bleed (UK number 1; US 3) came in December. Their last album of the sixties, Let It Bleed featured “Gimme Shelter”. The lead female vocalist – and famed solo – on “Gimme Shelter” is performed by singer Merry Clayton.

The Rolling Stones-14 On Fire ò Du Arena, Abu Dhabi on February 21 2014In November 1972, the band began sessions in Kingston, Jamaica, for their follow-up to Exile, Goats Head Soup (UK 1; US 1) (1973). The album spawned the worldwide hit “Angie”, but proved the first in a string of commercially successful but tepidly received studio albums. The sessions for Goats Head Soup led to a number of outtakes, most notably an early version of the popular ballad “Waiting on a Friend”, not released until Tattoo You eight years later.

The band went to Musicland studios in Munich to record their next album, 1974’s It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll (UK 2; US 1).

The Rolling Stones celebrated their 50th anniversary in the summer of 2012 by releasing a large hardback book titled 50. A new take on the band’s lip-and-tongue logo, designed by Shepard Fairey, was also released and used during the celebrations.

The documentary titled Crossfire Hurricane, directed by Brett Morgen, was released in October 2012. Approximately fifty hours of interviews were conducted by Morgen for use for the documentary, including interviews with Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor, which Morgen says are “the most extensive group interviews they’ve ever done.” This would be the first official career-spanning documentary since 1989’s 25×5: The Continuing Adventures of the Rolling Stones, which was filmed for their 25th anniversary in 1988.

The Rolling Stones-14 On Fire ò Du Arena, Abu Dhabi on February 21 2014A new compilation album, GRRR!, was released on 12 November, available in four different formats and including two new tracks, “Doom and Gloom” and “One More Shot“, which were recorded at Studio Guillaume Tell in Paris, France, some time within the last few weeks of August 2012. The album debuted at #3 in the UK and #19 in the US, and its only single “Doom and Gloom” reached #61 on the UK Singles Chart. The music video for “Doom and Gloom” featuring Noomi Rapace was released on 20 November. GRRR! went on to move over 1.4 million copies worldwide.

On 25 November 2012, the Stones kicked off their 50 & Counting… tour at London’s O2 Arena, where they were joined by Jeff Beck. At their second show in London on 29 November the group were joined onstage by Eric Clapton and Florence Welch. Their third anniversary concert took place on 8 December at the Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York. The last two dates were at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey on 13 and 15 December, and the band were joined by Bruce Springsteen and blues rock band The Black Keys on the final night. They also played two songs at 12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief.

The Rolling Stones-14 On Fire ò Du Arena, Abu Dhabi on February 21 2014The Stones played nineteen shows in the US in spring 2013, before playing three shows in Europe, one at Glastonbury Festival 2013 and two in Hyde Park, London. On Richard Bacon’s BBC Radio 5 Live show on 3 April 2013 it was announced that the Stones would hold a concert in Hyde Park as part of their 50th anniversary celebrations. The Rolling Stones made their Glastonbury debut, headlining on Saturday 29 June 2013. Hyde Park Live, a live album recorded at Hyde Park on 6 and 13 July 2013, was released exclusively as a digital download through iTunes on 22 July 2013 and peaked at #16 in the UK and #19 in the US. A live DVD, Sweet Summer Sun: Live in Hyde Park, was released on 11 November 2013. In 2014 the band is embarking on the “14 ON FIRE” tour spanning most of Asia.

Source: Wikipedia