EMI MusicThe Rolling Stones were photographed outside of London's Marquee Club on Wednesday, July 11, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of their first show, which took place July 12, 1962, at the famed venue. The pic of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts was snapped by acclaimed photographer Rankin, and was posted on the legendary rockers' official Facebook page.
On Thursday, the four band mates are scheduled to appear at the opening of an exhibit commemorating the release of the new photo book Rolling Stones 50 at the Somerset House in London. Former Stones members Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor also are expected to attend the event.
Meanwhile, as media speculation about whether The Stones will schedule some performances in conjunction with their 50th anniversary festivities continues, Richards has revealed that the band has been rehearsing.
"There's things in the works," he tells BBC News. "I think it's definitely happening. But when? I can't say yet."
He reveals that the group has had "a couple of rehearsals," adding, "We've got together and it feels so good."
Richards also insists that he has no plans to stop making music. "There might be life in the old dog yet," he offers. "We'll die gracefully, elegantly wasted."
Fans excited about The Stones' milestone anniversary should head to the band's official website on Thursday. The site currently is inaccessible save for a splash page featuring links to the group's various social media outlets and a message that reads, "It's only rock 'n' roll but we like it! Click back on Thursday 12th July 2012 to celebrate our 50th anniversary with us."
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