ROYAL MAIL TO HONOUR ROCK LEGENDS, THE ROLLING STONES, WITH A SET OF 12 SPECIAL STAMPS
11 JANUARY 2022 (TORONTO, ON) - Royal Mail today reveals 12 new special stamps to honour 60 years of the legendary rock group, The Rolling Stones. The main set of eight stamps features images of the band performing at venues all around the world at various points during their illustrious career:
-Hyde Park, London, UK, July 1969
- East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA, August 2019
- Rotterdam, Netherlands, August 1995
- Tokyo, Japan, March 1995
- New York City, USA, July 1972
- Oslo, Norway, May 2014
- Knebworth, Hertfordshire, UK, August 1976
- Düsseldorf, Germany, October 2017
An additional four stamps, presented in a Miniature Sheet, feature two shots of the band together and of two of the many posters which have promoted their worldwide tours over the years.
Since the late 1960s, people have called The Rolling Stones “The Greatest Rock and Roll Band in the World”. The phrase began as a hyped-up onstage introduction but stuck, despite the Stones’ occasional protestations to the contrary.
In 2005, the Rolling Stones were awarded the accolade of greatest touring band of all time at the World Music Awards. They have sold an estimated 250m records and in the UK have eight no.1 singles and 13 no.1 albums. Their countless awards include four Grammys, three MTV Music Awards and nine NME Awards. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989.
Since they began as a group, their singles and albums have produced a string of evergreen rock classics, powered by some of the greatest guitar riffs ever written.
Celebrating their 60th anniversary in 2022, the Rolling Stones become only the fourth music group to have a dedicated Royal Mail stamp issue – following on from The Beatles in 2007, Pink Floyd in 2016 and Queen in 2020.
The gradual shift from young upstarts to elder statesmen of rock has done nothing to dent The Rolling Stones’ image as the definition of a certain kind of cool – and of rock and roll itself.
David Gold, Director of Public Affairs & Policy, Royal Mail, said: “Few bands in the history of rock have managed to carve out a career as rich and expansive as that of the Rolling Stones. They have created some of modern music’s most iconic and inspirational albums, with ground-breaking live performances to match.”
The collaboration was brought together and facilitated by Bravado, Universal Music Group’s leading brand management and lifestyle division.