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Rolling Stones celebrate 50 years in music as rumors of a tour swirl


Charlie Watts, Mick Jagger, Ron Wood, and Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones pose for a photo during a press conference to announce a world tour at the Julliard Music School May 10, 2005 in New York City.


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The Rolling Stones celebrated their 50th anniversary in the music industry by heading back to where it all began. 

The band returned to the Marquee Club in London – where they had their first live performance as "The Rollin' Stones" on July 12th, 1962, Rolling Stone magazine reported — to pose for a group photo. 

 The picture is the first time the band has been shot together since the 2008 premiere of Martin Scorsese's Stones doc Shine a Light, according to the Hollywood Reporter

At the time, the iconic rock band was made up of Mick Jagger (vocals), Brian Jones (guitar), Keith Richards (guitar), Ian Stewart (piano), Dick Taylor (bass) and Tony Chapman (drums), Rolling Stone reported. Though the band has since shrunk to a quartet, their staying power as musicians is revered worldwide. 

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"The Stones are a testament to longevity," Bruce Lee Mani, lead guitarist and vocalist of Bangalore-based band Thermal and a Quarter, told the Times of India. "They have not just been an inspiration to several musicians, but they are also an institution for musicians to learn from as they are an amazing influence and good businessmen too." 

The Rolling Stones are celebrating their anniversary with a new book, called "50," which showcases unseen photos and material from the band's past 50 years, Entertainment Tonight reported. The photos are also on view at a retrospective photo exhibit opening Thursday at London's Somerset House, according to the Hollywood Reporter. 

There are also rumors swirling that the band will be touring together again for their golden anniversary, BBC News reported

"There's things in the works - I think it's definitely happening," Keith Richards told the BBC. "But when? I can't say yet. We're playing around with the idea and had a couple of rehearsals - we've got together and it feels so good."