Personalities | The Rolling Stones (2005) | Key Events
Start Of A Bigger Bang Tour
Kicking off their A Bigger Bang tour with a warm-up show in Toronto’s 1,000-capacity Phoenix Concert Theatre, the band started a year-long, worldwide tour, playing a mix of classics and songs from their A Bigger Bang album to arena and stadium shows. They even played at the half-time of Superbowl XL, and by the end of 2006 the Stones had performed over 100 shows in support of A Bigger Bang, even staging the largest tour run in US history.
A Bigger Bang Released
Their first full-length release of original material since 1997’s Bridges To Babylon, A Bigger Bang received mostly strong reviews and was a return to the group’s no-frills rock side that would find a home in the contemporary mid-Noughties scene spearheaded by the likes of The White Stripes. Although not a huge unit-shifter, the lead single, ‘Streets Of Love’, made it to No. 15 UK, and the album would peak at No. 2 UK and No. 3 US. With very little input from outside musicians, A Bigger Bang was recorded at Mick’s home in France, and was certainly evidence of a revitalized unit. They even offered flashes of their old controversy with ‘Sweet Neo Con’, an attack on America’s neoconservatism. It was further proof of their continuing popularity, even if they were no longer competing with contemporary pop artists.
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