It's nice to see the Rolling Stones can still stir things up in their 53rd year.
The group has raised a ruckus in London, where the Underground has panned posters for its upcoming EXHIBITIONISM art exhibit opening during April at the city's Saatchi Gallery. The posters depict a female torso, with bikini briefs and the group's iconic lips-and-tongue logo covering the naughty bits.
— The Rolling Stones (@RollingStones) July 6, 2015
The image was deemed too racy by regulators. In a statement, a Stones spokesperson said, "We are dumbfounded and perplexed at this rather silly decision. Perhaps something to do with the fact it's the Rolling Stones and controversy still seems to follow them everywhere."
Controversy, of course, will only help the exhibition, which features more than 500 artifacts from throughout the group's history.
An altered poster with the logo covering the woman's belly button has been designed for the Underground.
In other Stones news, the group has released a new lyric video for "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the song going No. 1 in the U.S. A new limited edition 12-inch single version of the track is being released on Friday (July 10).
And in Detroit on Wednesday night (September 8), the Stones paid tribute to Motown with its version of the Temptations' "Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)," as well as shout-outs to fellow artists Bob Seger, Eminem and Kid Rock (who opened for the Stones on May 30 in Columbus, Ohio) and Hall of Fame baseball broadcaster Ernie Harwell. Motown legend Martha Reeves and Stones collaborator Don Was attended the show.
— The Rolling Stones (@RollingStones) July 9, 2015
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.