The Rolling Stones are one of, if not the most iconic band in the history of rock and roll. They’ve been hitting the headlines for many years, and topping the charts in the process, even today headlining huge stadiums and enjoying fans both old and young.
But it’s not just the music that makes people love the Stones so much, it’s the stories that follow them too.
There have been some incredible Rolling Stones stories from down the years, the vast majority back in their heyday, from sex and drugs and rock and roll, to life in prison, rehabilitation centres and more.
So, without further ado, here are our favourite stories about the Rolling Stones…
Keef’s been punished with playing a benefit concert for the blind
We all know drugs followed the Rolling Stones around, particularly in their early days and back in the 1970s in Canada, Keith Richards was busted when the police found around an ounce of heroin in his hotel room.
He could have faced a lengthy prison term with him charged for possession for the purpose of trafficking and when he faced court there were hundreds of fans gathered outside protesting for his release.
He avoided a prison sentence but was given a community service sentence in which he was required to play a benefit concert for the blind.
Richards snorted his father’s ashes
One of the most well known Stones’ stories is that Keith Richards snorted his dad’s ashes with cocaine. Certainly a sign of having addiction problems, Keef finally said the story was true, once telling the NME…
He was cremated, and I couldn’t resist grinding him up with a little bit of blow.”
“My dad wouldn’t have cared, he didn’t give a sh*t.”
Keef was a boy scout
There are a lot of things you may not believe about Keith Richards, including that he was both a choir boy and a Boy Scout. He spent a total of two years in the Boy Scouts, but it didn’t last with him getting himself into a little bit of trouble.
That involved smuggling a couple of bottles of whiskey into one of the scouts’ jamborees and getting into a few fights with some of the boys.
A few weeks later he was involved in another fight and was eventually expelled. We’re suppose it was a good thing, as we’re not sure Mick would have fancied joining forces with a scout.