When I was a kid in L.A. in the ’60s, for a (short) time there was a radio station that only played the Beatles and the Stones. In that time of extremely eclectic Top 40 radio — where a set might run from Aretha Franklin to Blue Cheer to Johnny Cash to Frank Sinatra to the Monkees — such narrowcasting seemed absurd.
Now with satellite and cable radio, webcasting and podcasting, there seems to be no limit to the fine slicing: you want ONLY Norwegian fishing songs as opposed to the occasional Swedish piscatological ditty thrown in the mix, you got it, you betcha!
In honor of the latest Rolling Stones tour — which kicked off in Boston last night — and the Sept 6 release of their Bigger Bang album, starting tomorrow, August 23, and running through September 29, SIRIUS Satellite Radio will launch an all-Rolling Stones music channel. The craggy old farts will help program the channel, which will feature five decades of Stones music, including rare tracks, live cuts and previews from A Bigger Bang.
Rolling Stones Radio will also air nightly “concert playbacks” whereby SIRIUS will play album versions of the Stones’ songs in the order they were performed following each US tour date, and present track-by-track stories and introductions to each of A Bigger Bang’s 16 all-new songs, as told exclusively to SIRIUS by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ron Wood.