Rankin/RollingStones.comAs expected, The Rolling Stones were all in attendance at the opening of a photo exhibit focusing on the band Thursday in London that coincided with the 50th anniversary of the rock legends' very first performance. According to RollingStone.com, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts briefly chatted with press on the red carpet before heading into the Somerset House art space, where they looked over the images on display, which all came from the newly released book Rolling Stones: 50.
While the band still hasn't announced any official performance plans as part of their anniversary festivities, Jagger commented to French press agency AFP at the exhibition, "Yeah definitely…later on this year, on stage."
With regard to how he feels to still be rocking with the group after a half century, the singer told AFP, "Things are good, you know, 50 years, it seems an awfully long time, but it seems to have gone very, very quickly."
Asked by RollingStone.com about reports that the band has been rehearsing for as-yet-unannounced gigs, Watts responded, "We've been playing, not rehearsing."
Wood added, "We had a good play in New York a few weeks ago. We did 50 songs in five days. It was brilliant."
Among the other celebrities spotted at the exhibit were former Stones Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor, sometimes Elton John lyricist Tim Rice, Roxy Music guitarist Phil Manzanera and Simply Red singer Mick Hucknall, who recently has played with Wood in a reunited version of The Faces.
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