Band mates Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood, and Charlie Watts along with ex-Rolling Stone Bill Wyman and a bevvy of famous faces, appeared for the launch of the Exhibitionism show at London’s Saatchi Gallery. The retrospective includes never-seen before photography, original stage designs, album artworks, the band’s guitars and even Keith Richard’s personal diary.
Taking over two floors of the gallery the exhibition is made up of nine rooms, each uniquely designed and displaying a huge amount of Rolling Stones memorabilia, and showing the bands rock n’ roll journey over the past six decades.
A highlight of the show is a recreation of the Edith Grove flat in Chelsea that the band shared in the early 1960s. The scene includes dirty socks on the floor, discarded cigarette butts and is completed with the smell of Mick Jagger’s favourite tandoori chicken dish!
The exhibition also includes collaborations with artist Andy Warhol, fashion designer Alexander McQueen and a film shot by Martin Scorsese. Visitors can even experience being on stage with the Stones, with a 3D simulation of what it is like to be backstage and on stage with the band.
There are certainly no signs of the Stones slowing down. They are busy working on a new album and Keith Richards said there were no plans for the band to retire anytime soon, suggesting he’d keep on playing until he ‘kicked the bucket’.
Exhibitionism: The Rolling Stones is running from 5 April – 4 September at London’s Saatchi Gallery.