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Five Performances For Five Decades Of The Rolling Stones On Stage
July 12, 2012
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It was 50 years ago today that a band billed as The Rollin' Stones - featuring Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian Jones, Ian Stewart, Dick Taylor, and Tony Chapman - took the stage at London's Marquee Club. It was the band's first live performance under that name, but it certainly wouldn't be their last. Here's how they looked around the time of their first show (this pic is from a gig about a year later):

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The line-up's changed since that first performance, but the Rolling Stones are still a going concern - there are rumours swirling about a new world tour, and Richards said the group has recently had "a couple of rehearsals". To celebrate the anniversary milestone, Mick, Keith, guitarist Ronnie Wood and drummer Charlie Watts met up at the site of the Marquee Club yesterday (it's a bank now):

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The band also launched a photographic exhibition today at London's Somerset House to mark the 50th anniversary of their first gig. The exhibit features more than 70 pics, many of them rare or previously unseen, from the band's long career.

Over their five decades together, the Stones have been through some changes, both musically and style-wise. Here are five performances, one from each decade they've been performing, that offer a peek at the band's long journey to today:

1960s - Sympathy For The Devil

1970s - Tumbling Dice

1980s - One Hit To The Body

1990s - Love Is Strong

2000s - Oh No Not You Again

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D.A. Pennebaker On The Rolling Stones

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