Music December 5, 2012
Let's Spend Some Time Together: 50 Years Of The Rolling Stones On Tour


Over the last half-century, the Rolling Stones have logged a lot of hours on stage, and even more getting to those stages.

Now data visualization company CartoDB has produced a cool interactive map that lets you trace all the band's tours, where they went, and how many kilometres they travelled to get there.

It also provides a snapshot of one of the all-time great rock and roll bands. For instance, their 1969 Tour of the United States was called "history's first mythic rock and roll tour" by critic Robert Christgau.

And their return to America in 1972 was nicknamed S.T.P.: The Stones Touring Party. Should give you a pretty good idea what was going on there.


You can hover over any point on the maps to find out the location and date when that show was played.

All 21 tours are detailed on the site, starting with the first one, which kicked off way back on September 29, 1963. It took the Stones across Britain, with a total travelling distance of 2,812 kilometres. That's a pretty long way.

But it pales in comparison to their last major tour, 'A Bigger Bang.' That one lasted from August 2005 to August 2007, took them from Europe to North America to Asia to Australia and New Zealand, and made them a lot of money: it was the second-highest grossing tour of all time, behind U2's 360 Tour.

Total kilometres travelled for 'A Bigger Bang'? 211,059.

In fact, the Stones have now toured for a total of almost a million kilometres (960,000 all told).

That's a lot of rolling.


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