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Rolling into the Plains


One of the most influential rock groups ever is arguably the Rolling Stones, a band with an expansive and far-reaching career. Their style is defined by hard, rocking rhythms combined with blues. This harder, more grunge sound distinguished then from their British contemporaries like the Beatles.

They first performed as the Rolling Stones in 1962, and 37 years later, on this date, the Fargodome was being readied for their first concert in North Dakota.

Like many bands, it took a while to come together. Lead singer Mick Jagger and guitarist Keith Richards became friends at a young age in Primary School, but became separated when the families moved. However, they ran into each other later when Jagger was singing with the band “Blues Incorporated.”

They first performed as “T "" he Rolling Stones ,” a name taken from a "" Muddy Waters song, at the Marquee Club in London. In 1963, they started an eight-month residency at the Crawdaddy Club, where they broadly expanded their fanbase. In 1974, Ron Wood joined the band, and has been playing with them ever since.

The Fargodome event proved to be spectacular, with security stopping fans from charging onstage. The band shredded out classics like Paint it Black and Route 66. The fans were very alive and feeling the energy, prompting Keith Richards to yell, “Maybe I should move here!”

While Keith hasn’t made that move just yet, we’re sure he’d be welcome.

Dakota Datebook written by Lucid Thomas