What Flag is That 05.02.2022

One characteristic of a good flag is immediate recognition. This is the iconic logo of The Rolling Stones. In 2022 this brand is 60 years old.

The Stones call their formation date July 12, 1962 when they played at the Marquee Club in London. The 5 English lads were: Mick Jagger; Keith Richards; Brian Jones; Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts. Jones left the group in 1969, one month before his unfortunate death. Bill Wyman, the original bass player walked away from the band after 30 years (he asked to come back, but bad vibes prevented this.) In 1975 Ronnie Wood joined and stayed to this day. [After 46 years he is still considered the new guy.] Charlie Watts, the gentleman of the group, passed away at 80 last year.

The World’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band

In 1969 their record label sent them designs for a band logo. The boys hated them all. In early 1970, Mick went to the Royal Academy of Art and found a young artist, John Pasche. Mick asked him to come up with something that would represent the band. As Pasche tells it, the first time he met with Mick at the Stones office he immediately noticed how big Mick’s mouth and lips were.

John Pasche’s first mock up of the logo proposal

Mick and the boys loved it. The tongue logo first appeared on the album sleeve of ‘Sticky Fingers’ (celebrating its 50th anniversary: release date April 23, 1971) and the rest is history.

After joining the official Rolling Stones fan club in 1965, I was finally able to see them live in 2019 at the Rose Bowl in Los Angeles. Their first concert in Detroit was in 1964 (tickets were $3.00). The Stones have played Detroit 21 previous times, on November 15, 2021’ I was in the crowd in our home state when they run onto the stage at Ford Field. It was difficult to comprehend that they could be even better.

Ronnie and his wife toured the Motown Museum a day before the concert
Medium age of the group today: 77.6

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