As 2012 comes to a close, we’re revisiting the year’s biggest stories through the lens of some of our station’s biggest artists. First up, The Rolling Stones.

Status: 50 years strong. If Keef’s tell-all memoir couldn’t shake ’em, nothing will.

New Albums Released: One (albeit a greatest hits compilation, Grrr! – with two new songs), plus one HBO documentary (Crossfire Hurricane)

50 Years, Five Shows, Two New Songs, Months of Rumors: 2012 was not supposed to be a big year for The Stones. Hell, Mick Jagger didn’t even use them as a backing band when he hosted Saturday Night Live back in May. But when folks started realizing it marked 50 years for the Rolling Stones, they asked how they intended to celebrate their golden anniversary. Their response was, essentially, postpone ’til 2013 since they are not ready for a tour (but we’ll show up for a photo op!). Was that response just a rouse, or did the Stones just step up their game?

After months of rumors, the band showed that those steel wheels were actually in motion, spending fours day recording in France with longtime producer Don Was. They announced a greatest hits compilation and a new documentary, Crossfire Hurricane – two things they have plenty of – plus the re-release of their first doc, Charlie Is My Darling – Ireland 1965, would be released this fall. Then came news of live shows – five to be exact, plus a two-song set at the 12-12-12 Concert – in November and December, in London and around New York City.

The caveat with the greatest hits compilation, Grr!, was that it would include two new songs, “Doom and Gloom” and “One More Shot.” When they finally hit the ‘net, they really rocked, especially the politically-scathing “Doom and Gloom.” Fans were left wanting more, though, just as they were with the Stones’ star-studded “50 and Counting” tour. Here’s hoping for more in 2013.

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The Rolling Stones’ “GRRR!” Tracklist: 20 Songs They Missed
‘Crossfire Hurricane’ Director Brett Morgen On Brian Jones, Getting The Keys To The Vault
Keith Richards To Don Was: ‘Are You Sure You Want To Be The Meat In This Sandwich?’

Got Live If You Want It!: Five Great Live Rolling Stones Albums
Charlie Watts Talks ABC&D Of Boogie Woogie And A Bit About The Rolling Stones
The Faces’ Ronnie Wood & Kenney Jones To The Rock Hall: Finally!

– Jillian Mapes, CBS Local


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