Since their formation in 1962, The Rolling Stones have consistently been one of the world's most popular rock bands. Despite experiencing a number of bumps in their nearly 50 years, Rolling Stones tickets and albums continue to be highly sought-after. Five years after reuniting in 2007 the band came back for their 50th anniversary tour.
Formed in 1962, The Rolling Stones' lineup in the first two years was somewhat fluid, first consisting of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian Jones, Dick Taylor, Ian Stewart, and Tony Chapman. Chapman and Taylor quickly departed, while Stewart was removed from the lineup by then-manager Andrew Loog Oldham and given a role as the touring manager and session pianist. Chapman and Taylor were replaced by Charlie Watts and Bill Wyman respectively.
With the lineup set, The Stones got to work recording and touring. The early years saw mixed results for the band, with a number of moderate successes in the UK, while struggling to capture a U.S. audience. Finally, in 1965, The Stones had their first internationally successful single in "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction."
The Stones finally saw their efforts begin to be truly rewarded, with the release of Beggars Banquet in 1968. The album, along with Let It Bleed, Sticky Fingers, and Exile on Main St., was among a set of four releases that are widely considered to be the band's best work. Beggars Banquet brought about another now-classic Stones single, "Jumpin' Jack Flash." Although successful, the beginning of that era was particularly tumultuous. Most of the band's members were facing drug problems, leading to criminal cases for Jagger, Richards, and Jones. Fed up with personal issues impeding professional duties, Oldham quit as manager in 1966. The problems came to a head when Jones died in 1969 of a drowning.
The Stones, with Mick Taylor brought in to replace Jones, powered on. However, following the four-album "Golden Era" from 1969-1972, the band fell into a brief critical downturn. Despite the release of hit "Angie," and the commercial success of Goats Head Soup (1973), the next few albums were not as well received. Coupled with continuing drug problems, it led to Taylor's departure in 1975, after only six years. Ronnie Wood was brought in to replace him. Other than the retirement of Bill Wyman in 1991, the band's lineup has remained unchanged since.
The band's fortunes changed in 1978 with the release of Some Girls, which once again brought critical and commercial success to The Stones. The following two albums, Emotional Rescue and Tattoo You, were also hits. However, by the time Dirty Work was released in 1986, the relationship between Richards and Jagger was strained, and at one point the band nearly broke up. This began an era where The Stones were inactive in the studio for large periods of time.
The band saw a return to form with their following two albums, Steel Wheels and Voodoo Lounge. Following this, the band released two more studio albums, Bridges to Babylon (1997) and A Bigger Bang (2005). Despite limited recording activity, Rolling Stones tours are still quite popular. Their most recent one, in support of A Bigger Bang, was the highest-grossing tour of all time.