Rolling Stones News: 50th Anniversary photo exhibit and book, Band members jam at Bluesfest London 2012, Mick Jagger’s daughter gets married, Keith Richards co-produces new album from Aaron Neville (video)
In celebration of their 50th anniversary, the Rolling Stones will attend a photo exhibit in their honor on July 12th in London. The day marks the 50th anniversary to the day of their first gig at London’s Marquee Club. The Somerset House will showcase prints and photographs ranging from concert images and studio shots to negatives and outtakes from throughout the band’s history.
“This is our story of 50 fantastic years,” said the band in a statement. “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.”
The band debuted as The Rollin’ Stones on July 12, 1962. The band included Mick Jagger (vocals), Keith Richards (guitar), Brian Jones (guitar), Ian Stewart (piano), Dick Taylor (bass) and Tony Chapman (drums.) The exhibit will open free to the public on July 13th and run until August 27th. The band recently unveiled an updated logo to mark their 50th anniversary, and they are strongly considering playing at least one live show this year to celebrate their longevity.
The party will roll on into next year as well. “The Stones always really considered 1963 to be 50 years, because Charlie [Watts] didn’t actually join until January,” Keith Richards told Rolling Stone earlier this year. “We look upon 2012 as sort of the year of conception, but the birth is next year.”
Among their many exciting plans for the anniversary is the photo book, ‘The Rolling Stones: 50.’ Published by Thames and Hudson, it features rare and previously unseen photos from across their career.
Here a video clip of the book being printed in China (oh joy), and the first copies being opened at the Thames and Hudson offices in London.
The Rolling Stones have unveiled a modified version of their famous tongue-and-lips logo in celebration of their 50th anniversary. The image was designed by popular graphic artist Shephard Fairey, and features the classic logo surrounded by the wording “The Rolling Stones 50 Years,” with the “Stones” modified so that the first “S” actually is a number five and the “O” is a zero.
The original tongue-and-lips logo was created in 1971 by designer John Pasche and first appeared on The Stones’ Sticky Fingers album.
Mick Taylor and Bill Wyman joined Ronnie Wood at the concert the guitarist headlined on June 30th as part of ‘Bluesfest London 2012.’ The show was be a tribute to the Chess Records label, and featured Wood and various musical friends performing such songs as Chuck Berry’s “Maybelline,” Muddy Waters’ “Hoochie Coochie Man” and Howlin’ Wolf’s “Smokestack Lightnin’.”
Mick Jagger gave away his daughter, Jade at her wedding on June 30th to festival promoter and disc jockey Adrian Fillary. Swapping vows at the Aynhoe Park Hotel near Banbury, Oxfordshire, the couple’s ceremony was attended by celebs including Mick Jagger’s second wife, Jerry Hall, Kate Moss (whose daughter Lila Grace was a flower girl) and Jade’s parents, Mick and Bianca.
The 40-year-old fashion designer bride’s daughters, Assisi, 20, and Amba, 17, (from her relationship with artist Piers Jackson) were bridesmaids. After the ceremony, the couple’s friends and family gathered for a reception, also at the Aynhoe Park Hotel. The UK’s Sun reported that Mick performed the Rolling Stones classic ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’ during Saturday’s ceremony as part of the couple’s first dance.
New details have been announced about legendary New Orleans soul singer Aaron Neville’s forthcoming doo-wop album, which is being co-produced by The Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards. The as-yet-untitled collection, which will be released by Blue Note Records, is due out in the fall. In addition to his production contributions, which he did alongside Don Was, Richards played guitar on the record. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers keyboardist Benmont Tench also is among the musicians that appear on the album.
“This was a dream session,” says Richards. “The band fell right into the groove and Aaron sang like an angel. It was an honor!”
The album features a variety of doo-wop-era songs chosen by Neville himself. He says of the project, “When I was a kid, doo-wop was like medicine to me. I didn’t care what else was goin’ on in the world as long as I could sing along with Pookie Hudson and the Spaniels, The Flamingos, The Clovers, Sonny Til and the Orioles, Clyde McPhatter — I was like a kid in a candy store.”