Friday, 11 May 2018

Friday Is Rock'n'Roll London Day: A Special Rolling Stones Tour

Adam writes…

Friday is Rock'n'Roll London Day. DC Editor Adam writes…

The Stones are back in town this month and mark the occasion I'm turning the Rock'n'Roll London Pub Tour on Wednesday 23rd May into a Rolling Stones extravaganza.

Book via Pay-A-Tour or pay on the night (£10/£8).

The theme of the tour will be The Stones in the 60s. Many of you will by now be familiar with the recent On Air release which covers that early Stones in London period…

I've spent a few months with the On Air album now and I'm still completely enthralled. I'm a massive fan of the 60s Stones. But it's always seemed to me that The Stones themselves wanted little to do with that part of their career. Understandable, I suppose, given that they lost control of the 60s catalogue to former manager Allen Klein a long time ago.

An Introduction to The Blues

On Air redresses the balance and will delight fans of the band's formative period. Particularly those who are fans of Brian Jones's guitar playing. While you're listening, consider that these performances were, for many fans, a first exposure to slide guitar. For many Brits back in '63, these performances form an introduction to the blues. In the story of pop music, these are monumental moments.

The On Air album – two CD's – features their BBC performances in 1964 and '65 recorded for radio at three London venues – Broadcasting HouseThe Playhouse Theatre and Maida Vale Studios.

The accompanying hardback book – follows them through radio and TV studios in the UK and across the world and weaves the narrative of the Stones' first act with the story of mass media's global explosion. Great photos, too.

On Air – A London Locations Map

To accompany the Rolling Stones book & double CD, I've put together a map featuring the three locations where the double CD's tracks were recorded for the BBC plus seven other London locations as featured in the excellent accompanying book.

The Rock'n'Roll London Walk meets at 2pm Tottenham Court Road station (exit 1) every Friday all year round and every Wednesday night at 7pm. You can follow the Rock'n'Roll London Walk on Facebook –

Here's the trailer…

A London Walk costs £10 – £8 concession. To join a London Walk, simply meet your guide at the designated tube station at the appointed time. Details of all London Walks can be found at

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