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Satisfaction - Time Is On Their Side

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The Rolling Stones have proven themselves to be the longest lasting rockers on the planet. Death, sickness, changing musical tastes, and even time have been unable to stop them, and they show no signs of slowing down. Their body of work continues to catch the ear of new generations of music fans, and their faithful touring lets children and grandchildren (which, of course, many of the band members have themselves) hear what first made their parents and grandparents so excited when they were young.

Concert for New York

On September 11, 2001, tragedy struck when planes crashed into the World Trade Center in New York City, the result of a terrorist attack. Many people in the entertainment community were left wondering what they could do to help. One event that was organized was the spectacular Concert for New York at Madison Square Garden. On Saturday, October 20, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, along with A-list talents like David Bowie, the Who, the Backstreet Boys, Jay-Z, Billy Joel, James Taylor, and Paul McCartney performed. Much of the crowd was filled with people carrying signs for their lost loved ones and supporting the Fire and Police Departments of New York City.

Mick and Keith performed two songs, “Salt of the Earth,” their tribute to the common working man from Beggar's Banquet, and “Miss You,” from Some Girls. The concert, which was aired on the VH1 network, resulted in VH1's highest ratings ever and raised $30 million, which went to the Robin Hood Relief Fund to help people affected by the tragedy.

Recent polls conducted on musicians, producers, and radio programmers for VH1 revealed that the Stones have four albums (Beggar's Banquet, Let It Bleed, Sticky Fingers, and Exile on Main Street) in the top hundred of all time. Exile on Main Street, in fact, ranked as high as number twelve. They were also voted the number-two artists in rock and roll history (behind, of course, the Beatles), and “Satisfaction” was voted the greatest song in the history of rock music.

Their legend is undeniable, but what is so interesting about the Rolling Stones at this point is not what they have done, but what are they are going to do next. One thing you can be sure of is that rock and roll's greatest survivors are far from finished.

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