The year 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of the band’s first public concert.
On 12 July 1962, a new group was led on stage at the Marquee Club in London to play their first public concert as The Rolling Stones.
It was the first time they gave a show and they then went on to become legendary.
To celebrate their 50th anniversary of that first gig, guitarist Keith Richards plans to encourage other group members to give a unique performance to celebrate the milestone.
“Something’s blowing in the wind,” Richards said. “The idea’s there. We kind of know we should do it, but nobody’s put their finger on the moment yet. This is what we have to ask each other: Do we want to go out in a blaze of glory? We can, if Mick Jagger and Charlie Watts feel like I do, that we can still turn people on. We don’t have to prove nothing anymore. I just love playing, and I miss the crowd.”
The guitarist, 67, also confirmed that small tensions that arose between him and Mick Jagger as a result of the release of his autobiography Life, published last year, were now behind them.
“Mick pouted a bit, as is his wont,” he said. “I told him, ‘It’s water under the bridge. I want to talk about the future. We’re larger than a little bitching here and there. It’s only rock ‘n’ roll.’ I love working with Mick. Maybe that friction that makes it work, that bit of sand in the oyster that makes the pearl.”