50 Years Ago Today, the Rolling Stones Played Their First Gig
Mick Jagger may rethink the words he sang more than 45 years ago — “What a drag it is getting old.”
Thursday marks 50 years since Jagger played his first gig with a band called the Rolling Stones, and the group is marking its half-century with no letup in its productivity or rock ‘n ’ roll style. Jagger himself is still the cool, rich frontman of the world’s most successful rock band.
Now in their late 60s and early 70s, the band members are celebrating the anniversary by attending a retrospective photo exhibition at London’s Somerset House — and looking to the future by rehearsing for new gigs.
Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts are getting together 50 years to the day after the young R&B band played London’s Marquee Club. Taking a name from a song by bluesman Muddy Waters, they were billed as “The Rollin’ Stones” —the ‘g’ came later.
The lineup for the gig was vocalist Jagger, guitarists Richards and Brian Jones, bassist Dick Taylor, pianist Ian Stewart and Mick Avory on drums. Taylor, Stewart and Avory soon left the lineup; drummer Watts joined in 1963 and guitarist Wood in 1975.
Photo Credit: (worldmusiclegends.com)