Royal Mail has announced that they will be immortalising one of the world’s most iconic groups with a new collection. It has been confirmed that The Rolling Stones will be the next musical act to receive the royal treatment. The 12-set collection will be available for purchase from 20th January 2022.
The collection is in celebration of the group’s 60th anniversary, the upcoming stamps will pay tribute the group’s musical influence and enduring legacy. The Royal Mail’s website describes the new collection as, “Exclusive Special Stamps and collectables capture ‘The Greatest Rock and Roll Band’ at their majestic best.” The upcoming stamp collection aims to honour the group’s long history of iconic and momentous live performances. Some of The Rolling Stone’s most infamous concerts are portrayed within the collection. The new collection also includes stamps with photographs of the band and several posters from their world tours.
One of the band’s most culturally important and symbolic concerts is included within the collection. Fans often regard the performance at London’s Hyde Park in 1969 as the band’s most significant show, the concert was held just two days after the tragic passing of founding member Brian Jones. The talented musician named the band and is cited as the band’s original leader, Jones was predominately a guitarist but was also versed on various instruments. On 2nd July 1969, Jones was found motionless in his pool and was pronounced dead at the hospital. The 27-year old’s death was attributed to drowning. Within the concert ticketholders witnessed the induction of Mick Taylor who took over on guitar, Taylor was eventually replaced by the group’s current guitarist Ronnie Wood.
Other performances which are honoured within the collection include the group’s set at the Knebworth Festival on 21st August 1976. The crowd in attendance was an estimated 120,000, marking the band’s largest audience at this point in their career. The legendary festival boasted a line up full of the era’s most defining acts including 10cc, Todd Rundgren and Lynyrd Skynyrd. The upcoming collection also pays tribute to the group’s 1995 show in Rotterdam, the concert was part of the band’s The Rollingstone’s Voodoo Lounge world tour and included support from Big Country.
Today we proudly unveil our celebration of rock legends The Rolling Stones, with stamps featuring classic live performances.
— Royal Mail (@RoyalMail) January 11, 2022
The Rolling Stones are the fourth band to receive a collection by Royal Mail, the British institution have also released stamp collections in honour of The Beatles, Queen and Pink Floyd. Royal Mail have also immortalised three of music’s most successful solo artists, Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Elton John and David Bowie. The Royal Mail’s director of public affairs and policy, David Gold has provided the following statement concerning The Rolling Stone’s induction, “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 collection is available to purchase in various formats and collector’s editions including a limited-edition prestige stamp book, fan sheets from the Hyde Park concert and Voodoo lounge tour, medal covers and framed displays.
Click here to pre-order the stamp collection.