Rolling Stones Mark 50 Years Since First Gig

Band still meeting for rehearsals, Keith says
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 12, 2012 3:24 AM CDT
Rolling Stones Mark 50 Years Since First Gig
An early concert by the Rolling Stones. The Stones had their first gig 50 years ago today.   (ReporterNewVideo)

They may have gathered a little moss, but they're still around: The Rolling Stones played their first gig 50 years ago today at London's Marquee Club, notes the Hollywood Reporter. Their first hit, a cover of Chuck Berry's "Come On," came a year later. To celebrate the rare rock milestone, the band gathered in front of the Marquee for their first group photo since 2008. They plan to attend a photo exhibition dedicated to their careers today, when the book Rolling Stones 50 will also be released.

But will they tour again? "There's things in the works; I think it's definitely happening," Keith Richards tells the BBC. "But when? I can't say yet. We're playing around with the idea and had a couple of rehearsals," he says, adding that he wants the band to keep going for as long as possible. "There might be life in the old dog yet," he says. "We'll die gracefully, elegantly wasted." Click here to read about another '60s classic turning 50 this year. (Read more Rolling Stones stories.)

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