The Week In Music: The Stones Roll Into Middle Age

British rock group celebrates 50th anniversary of their first concert
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    The Rolling Stones' (l-r) Charlie Watts, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood, and Mick Jagger
July 13, 2012 -- 7:00 am PDT

It was 50 years ago yesterday, Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play. Sorry, wrong band reference. Nevertheless, July 12 marked the 50th anniversary of the Rolling Stones' first gig at London's Marquee Club, where a lineup consisting of Mick Jagger, guitarists Keith Richards and Brian Jones, pianist Ian Stewart, bassist Dick Taylor, and an apparently long-forgotten drummer played blues standards to launch one of the longest-running rock band careers ever. Jagger, Richards, guitarist Ronnie Wood, and drummer Charlie Watts convened to celebrate the occasion in fine fashion in London on Thursday. Richards also revealed the band is rehearsing for an as-yet-to-be-determined celebration tour. Meanwhile, in honor of the Stones officially turning middle age, following is a list of some of the band's titles that won or were nominated for GRAMMYs, or were inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame. Let us know your favorite Stones track or album in the comments section below.

Beggars Banquet, GRAMMY Hall Of Fame
Exile On Main St., GRAMMY Hall Of Fame
"(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction," GRAMMY Hall Of Fame
Let It Bleed, GRAMMY Hall Of Fame
Some Girls, Album Of The Year nominee, 1978
Sticky Fingers, GRAMMY Hall Of Fame
Voodoo Lounge, Best Rock Album, 1994

It seems Jagger is also celebrating 4,000 sexual conquests over his career, though those kinds of figures often come with some skepticism, and sometimes large alimony checks.

It's been parodied or covered by everyone from the Harvard baseball team and a poolside Katy Perry to an animated President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. Now, someone we'd really like to call has gotten into the act. Sesame Street's Cookie Monster has turned Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" into a lament on his own obsessive/compulsive fixation: cookies. "Me look at you and me tell/You may have Snickerdoodle/Me trade my soul for a bite," sings the perennially cookie-brained Muppets character on "Share It Maybe." Will this be the parody to end all "Call Me Maybe" parodies? Call us doubtful.

As the popular saying goes, bigger is better. But is that true when it comes to drumsticks? (The musical kind, not poultry.) According to residents of Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl's hometown of Warren, Ohio, it is true. The town recently unveiled 900-pound drumsticks to honor Ohio native Grohl, who got his first big career break as the drummer for Nirvana. The sticks even pay tribute to Grohl's matching feather tattoos that are etched on his forearms. Showing his appreciation, Grohl took to Twitter, posting a photo with the following message: "To the wonderful city of Warren, from the bottom of my heart I'd like to thank you all so much … For the childhood memories. For my family. For my very own alley. For the worlds largest drumsticks! " His own alley? Yes, the musician even has an alley named after him. We're guessing Grohl's exclusive line of monkey wrenches will be next.

It looks as if he is ready to walk another way. After just two seasons, Steven Tyler has tendered his resignation as a judge on "American Idol" so that he may concentrate more fully on his day job. "I strayed from my first love, Aerosmith, and I'm back — but instead of begging on my hands and knees, I've got two fists in the air and I'm kicking the door open with my band," said Tyler in a statement. "The next few years are going to be dedicated to kicking some serious a**." Aerosmith put their collective boot forward this week with the video debut of "Legendary Child," the new single from their new album, Music From Another Dimension, which is due in November. The band is also currently on tour in the United States with special guests Cheap Trick. As for "American Idol," the show could be getting a Glambert-styled makeover, according to a Billboard report.

Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" is tops on the Billboard Hot 100 and Katy Perry's "Wide Awake" is No. 1 on the iTunes singles chart.

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