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Happy 50th anniversary to the Rolling Stones

By Layne Weiss     Jul 12, 2012 in Entertainment
London - On July 12, 1962, the Rolling Stones performed their first show at London's Marquee Jazz club. On that night, the band consisted of Mick Jagger on vocals, Brian Jones and Keith Richards on guitar, Dick Taylor on piano and Ian Stewart on Bass.
The original drummer is slightly up for debate. Many say it was Tony Chapman, but in Keith Richards' 2010 memoir [i]Life[/i], he insists it was his friend Mick Avory.
"It's quite amazing when you think about it," Mick Jagger told Rolling Stone. "But it was so long ago. Some of us are still here, but it's a very different group than the one that played 50 years ago."
The band celebrated their 50th anniversary at a bash in London Thursday, The AP reports.
Guitarist Keith Richards spoke of how the anniversary sort of brought the group back together, and said everyone was curious to see what would come of things. He did reveal that the Rolling Stones have started rehearsing for new live shows that could happen later this year.
Richards told BBC News, "there's things in the works. I think it's definitely happening. But when? I can't say yet."
Frontman Mick Jagger admitted to Rolling Stone that part of him feels a bit guilty about celebrating, almost as if he's cheating on the original group. He and Keith Richards are the only original members left, but he's still extremely proud of their success.
Undoubtedly, Jagger was referring to the different losses of various band members along the way, most notably, guitarist Brian Jones, who died on July 7, 1969. He drowned in a pool after taking a cocktail of alcohol and drugs. Coroner Dr. Angus Sommerville ruled the cause of Brian's death "death by misadventure." It is understandable why celebrating the Stones 50th anniversary so soon after Brian's death can be difficult.
The new Stones are comprised of Ronnie Wood, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, and of course, Mick Jagger. Wood who is now 65, joined the Rolling Stones in 1975 to replace Dick Taylor, Reuters reports.
At 68, Jagger has definitely still got "it," The AP reports. His job as the cool frontman of arguably the world hottest and most successful rock band in the world is still very much intact.
Exactly 50 years ago, Jagger spoke to The AP right after the band known then as the "Rollin' Stones" played at London's Marquee Club.
The group's first hit, a cover of Chuck Berry's 'Come On," came in 1963, and their success skyrocketed. The Beatles, the Stones strongest rivals, split up in 1970, while the Stones are still together today.
"Sometimes it's hard work and you wonder why you're doing it," Keith Richards told BBC News. "But apart from those few moments, it's been an incredible adventure."
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