ESPN will be celebrating The Rolling Stones 50th Anniversary during this year’s season of Monday night football on their pregame show. “Legend to Legend” will be a unique collaboration with the Universal Music Group that will combine Monday Night Football highlights with classic tracks from thelegendary band featuring Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood.

ESPN is licensing 16 Rolling Stones tracks, spanning the early 1970’s release of Exile on Main St. through the mid 2000’s A Bigger Bang. The songs will be a mix of popular hits and deep cuts, including “It’s Only Rock’n Roll”, “Hot Stuff” and “One Hit (To the Body)”. Four different songs will be selected per month and will be used for four weeks at a time on ESPN’s Monday Night Countdown Pregame show (6:30 p.m. ET), on bumpers and teases within the Monday Night Football game (8:30 p.m.), and in a post-MNF game highlight segment onSportsCenter, ESPN’s flagship highlights, news and information show.

“Legend to Legend” will debut Monday, Sept. 10 when ESPN kicks off the 43rd season of Monday Night Football with two games at a special time: Cincinnati Bengals vs. Baltimore Ravens (7 p.m.) and San Diego Chargers vs. Oakland Raiders (10:15 p.m.). Countdown begins at 5 p.m. The schedule continues throughout ESPN’s 16-week NFL schedule, which concludes on Saturday, Dec. 22.

“Legend to Legend” elements will be identified with a branded logo and high-end animation within Monday Night Countdown and SportsCenter, highlighting “The 50 Years of the Stones” and incorporating the band’s signature tongue logo.

“We’re very proud that the Rolling Stones chose ESPN’s Monday Night Football to play a major role in their 50th Anniversary celebration; sports and music fans alike will enjoy the combination of these two pop culture legends – the most successful prime time sports series in the history of television and the world’s greatest rock and roll band to supply music for our season-long soundtrack,” said Bob Toms, ESPN vice president of production enhancements, who oversees the ESPN Music department.

New York, NY (September 5, 2012)—Live shows from Muddy Waters and The Rolling Stones will get the vinyl treatment on September 11 when Eagle Rock Entertainment releases two very exciting packages: a special  Vinyl Special Edition edition 2LP/DVD/CD of Muddy Waters And The Rolling Stones Live At The Checkerboard Lounge Chicago 1981, and The Rolling Stones Some Girls: Live In Texas ‘78 2LP/DVD/CD. (Both sets were previously released in DVD/CD formats – Some Girls in November 2011, Checkerboard Lounge in July 2012.) Each set contains an 180g vinyl in a three-panel gatefold sleeve. With audio presented in DTS Dolby 5.1, these sets truly allow fans to fully experience and enjoy these brilliant artists and moments in music. [MSRP $39.98 each]

Considered by many fans to be one of The Rolling Stones greatest tours, Some Girls: Live In Texas was filmed at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas on July 18, 1978. Their stripped-down rock ‘n’ roll glory on full display, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ron Wood, Charlie Watts, and Bill Wyman perform the very songs that skyrocketed the Some Girls album to the top of the US Charts at the time of this concert. The end result steams right off the vinyl. Years later, Wood summed it up by saying, “it was straight-ahead garage rock, hardly a stage-set, no smoke, no big lights, like the Stones going punk.”

The concert presented on Live At The Checkerboard Lounge Chicago 1981 captures a moment-in-time when Jagger, Richards, Wood and Stewart paid a visit to Buddy Guy’s blues club, just prior to a three-night stint at the Rosemont Horizon. The result is one of those magical nights caught on tape and recorded for posterity. Muddy, clearly in charge, invites the Stones one-by-one to join the party. Buddy tears off some jagged lightning riffs. Junior Wells blows some mean blues harmonica. The warmth of the vinyl sound is perfect for such classic soul as this. The songs fly by in a world of honest, unpretentious love-of-the-music. Mixed and mastered by Bob Clearmountain, this concert is a rare gem of rock ‘n’ roll and blues history.

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