A new four-part film series about the Rolling Stones will be part of the BBC’s program to celebrate 60 years of the world-famous band, it has been announced.
Entitled My Life As A Rolling Stone and produced by Mercury Studios, the series will premiere this summer on BBC Two and BBC iPlayer as part of the company’s programming across TV, radio and digital platforms to pay tribute to the band.
The four hour-long films will each be an “intimate portrait” of Sir Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and the late Charlie Watts, and will also provide “unmatched access to and re-filmed interviews” with the band, as well as interviews with the likes of the American singer PP Arnold, Chrissie Hynde, Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash, Sir Rod Stewart, Tina Turner and Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler.
Drummer Watts died in August 2021 and his story is told through tributes from band members, musical colleagues and admirers, as well as archival interviews of the revered musician, the BBC said.
Unseen footage, exclusive stories, and new and archival footage and interviews will also be featured in the films.
Rolling Stones manager Joyce Smyth said: “We are thrilled to be celebrating 60 years of The Rolling Stones with these four films, which will give fans around the world a new and fascinating look at the band.”
Lorna Clarke, Controller of Popular Music at the BBC, said: “What better year for the BBC in its centenary year to pay tribute and celebrate one of the world’s greatest rock groups in their 60th anniversary year.
“The Rolling Stones have been ambassadors of great British rock ‘n’ roll for decades and are loved around the world, so I am delighted that the BBC can bring this very special season of programming, including the world exclusive TV series , to our audiences .”
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Alice Webb, CEO of Mercury Studios said, “It has been an honor to work with The Rolling Stones to illuminate their incredible life and career – we can’t wait for audiences around the world to see them.”
In addition to the new series, a curated collection of Rolling Stones concerts and documentaries will be available on iPlayer over the summer.
The stones just keep rolling! We are excited to announce the Rolling Stones 2022 Tour! Dubbed SIXTY to celebrate 60 special years together, Mick, Keith & Ronnie will be performing across Europe this summer including 2 shows at London’s BST Hyde Park:https://t.co/cimRWrDl07 pic.twitter.com/qQDZfDc96K
— The Rolling Stones (@RollingStones) March 14, 2022
A world exclusive two-hour audio documentary, Rolling With The Stones, is also broadcast on BBC Radio 2.
The band embarks on their SIXTY Tour this summer, which will consist of 14 shows in 10 countries across Europe, kicking off in Madrid on June 1st.
The Stones also return to their homeland with a concert at Liverpool FC’s Anfield Stadium and two shows at BTS Hyde Park in London.
The SIXTY tour will feature a number of classic Stones songs such as Gimme Shelter, Jumpin’ Jack Flash and (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.
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