The Rolling Stones: Memory Motel

English rock group The Rolling Stones, London, 1963. Left to right: Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts, Brian Jones, Keith Richards and Bill Wyman. (Photo by Terry O’Neill/Iconic Images/Getty Images)

Happy birthday Ronnie Wood! Today’s Rock Pearl comes from The Rolling Stones, a British rock group formed in 1962. The Stones are known for Sympathy for the Devil, Jumpin Jack Flash, Satisfaction and You Can’t Always Get What you Want. This band was an absolute jugggernaut and still plays today, spanning almost six decades.

Ronnie Wood joined the band in 1975 alongside Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, and Charlie Watts. Many have gone on to have successful solo careers, and their songs can be heard everywhere. They performed in Super Bowl XL at halftime in 2006 and still sell out concerts today.

Today’s pearl is actually a slower song feature Richards on vocals at certain parts. A song about being on the road constantly, Memory Motel is almost a ballad with some great keys and guitar parts. There’s actually a cool live version of this song with Dave Matthews which is really fun to watch. The way the Stones do this song live is awesome, especially when Richards jumps in while shredding on the guitar. This is really a beautiful song that is somewhere between Angie and Beast of Burden, and leaves you with an almost haunted feeling of life on the road as a musician. Enjoy today’s Rock Pearl!

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