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Published: 2012/07/12

Rolling Stones Return to Site of First Gig

Photo by Rankin

The Rolling Stones returned to the site of their first gig on Wednesday to celebrate their 50th anniversary as a band. Standing in front of London’s Marquee Club on Oxford Street, the group posed for a photo—their first public photograph together in four years—taken by world famous photographer Rankin.

The Stones first performed together at the Marquee Club 50 years ago today (July 12, 1962). At the time, the lineup consisted of Mick Jagger (vocals), Brian Jones (guitar), Keith Richards (guitar), Ian Stewart (piano), Dick Taylor (bass) and Tony Chapman (drums.)

The Stones will celebrate their 50th anniversary today with a photographic exhibit at the Somerset House in London. The photos will appear in the upcoming book ROLLING STONES: 50, which comes out in October.

A recent statement posted to the band’s website reads:

This is our story of fifty fantastic years. We started out as a blues band playing the clubs and more recently we’ve filled the largest stadiums in the world with the kind of show that none of us could have imagined all those years ago.

- Mick, Keith, Charlie & Ronnie

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