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Rolling Stones Celebrate Their 50th Anniversary

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It was on this day in 1962 that the Stones played their first gig at The Marquee Club in England, but they didn’t play under the name as we know them now.

The Rolling Stones turn 50 today, but they weren’t always known as The Rolling Stones. Their forst gig at the Marquee Club, they were on the bill as “The Rollin’ Stones”.

Mick Jagger, Ron Wood and Charlie Watts started celebrating in rock star style yesterday as they made a stop at the Oxford Street Club and posed for photographs for fans and they’re expected to get together again today to take a look at their new photograph exhibit called “The Rolling Stones: 50”. They previewed the display at London’s Somerset House and said via Twitter that they loved it. The exhibit will open for the public tomorrow, but if you’re not planning a trip to Europe any time soon, you can actually buy the book of the spread in the U.S. on October 30.

The group is also using Twitter to express their appreciation for their fans and their loyalty over the last half century. They sent out a tweet that said “Happy #RollingStones50 to every single one of our fans! Thank you for making the last 50 years a hell of a wild ride!”

Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are the only two members that have been with the group for all 50 of those years. The lineup for their first gig featured: Mick, Keith, Brian Jones, Dick Taylor, Ian Stewart (who inspired Led Zeppelin’s Boogie With Stu) and Tony Chapman on drums. Charlie joined in 1963 and Ronnie Wood came on board in 1975.

To go along with the Rolling Stones 50th Anniversary, they had a new logo designed. Want to see it? Click HERE.

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