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T-Mobile Arena Trivia: 10 Things You Never Knew About the Rolling Stones

October 17, 2016
Written by: sbe Editor

Those lucky enough to be in Las Vegas on October 19 and 22 will have the chance to see the Rolling Stones play live at the Hyde T-Mobile Arena, while seeing it all from the stylish VIP Hyde Lounge. The legendary musicians will grace the stage for the band’s last two shows of 2016. These will be their first shows in Vegas in three years, and knowing the Stones, they will not disappoint. To celebrate the music icons, we’ve rounded up a few facts about the British rockers below.

  1. Their 1963 hit “I Wanna Be Your Man” was written and donated to the band by John Lennon and Paul McCartney.
  2. Many Stones albums have been produced by a team called “The Glimmer Twins”—a pseudonym for Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.
  3. Rumor has it, David Bowie sang back up on the song “Time Waits For No One.”
  4. 14 different hotels turned the Rolling Stones down when they tried to find a place to stay in NYC for their 1966 American tour. It wasn’t just because of their reputation as hotel wreckers, it was also because many locations didn’t know how to deal with their overzealous fans. sbe would have gladly welcomed them!
  5. Keith Richards failed his driving test three times and sent his assistant instead to impersonate him, who eventually passed on Richards’ behalf.
  6. The band’s long-haired look was considered controversial in the ‘60s. During the Christmas holidays in 1963 the band placed an ad which read: “Best wishes to all the starving hairdressers and their families.”
  7. Carrie Fisher once implied that she and Harrison Ford were drunk while filming a scene from “Empire Strikes Back,” because of partying with the Rolling Stones the night before.
  8. The Stones are responsible for popularizing the drink, Tequila Sunrise—they loved it so much they’d tell bartenders across the country how to make it while on tour.
  9. Early Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham initially had Keith Richards remove the “s” from his name, thinking it would sound better. Eventually, Keith put it back.
  10. Mick Jagger bit off part of his tongue when younger, altering his voice from “posh” to the now iconic sound he’s know for today.
Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for TDF Productions

Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for TDF Productions