Fifty years ago today, The Rolling Stones played their first gig at London's Marquee Jazz Club. On that night, the newly minted Rolling Stones featured Mick Jagger on vocals, guitarists Brian Jones and Keith Richards, pianist Ian Stewart and bassist Dick Taylor. The identity of the drummer who joined them that fateful night is still infamously up for debate, but as best as Richards can recall, it was friend Mick Avory.
The young R&B band borrowed money from Jagger's dad to rent equipment for the gig. "My parents were extremely disapproving of it all," Jagger told Rolling Stone decades later. "Because it was just not done. It was for very low-class people, remember. Rock 'n' roll singers weren't educated people."
In Life, Richards recalled playing a few of the songs: "Dust My Broom," "Got My Mojo Working" and "Confessin' the Blues" were all on The Stones' first set. "You're sitting with some guys, and you're playing and you go, 'Ooh yeah!' That feeling is worth more than anything," he wrote.
Perhaps it's a feeling that the band would like to recapture. The Rolling Stones -- Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ron Wood and Charlie Watts -- celebrated Thursday by attending a photo exhibition chronicling their career at London's Somerset House. There, Richards confirmed that they have met up for a number of rehearsals. "There's things in the works, there's so nothing final that I can say," Richards told BBC News of the prospect of a live return.
"We're playing around with the idea and had a couple of rehearsals - we've got together lately and it feels so good. I think, soon! I think it's definitely happening. But when? I can't say yet."
He later added: "There might be life in the old dog yet -- we'll die gracefully, elegantly wasted."
Official plans to commemorate The Rolling Stones' 50th anniversary have not yet been set. It was earlier reported that The Stones will not tour to mark their anniversary this year. Instead, the anniversary tour has reportedly been pushed back to 2013. Despite earlier reports of reuniting in the studio, Jagger has denied such claims.
Check out these iconic photos of the Stones:
Mick Jagger walking off stage, Anaheim, CA 1978
The Rolling Stones posing with a group of ladies, during rehearsals for ABC's 'Thank Your Lucky Stars' TV pop music show at Teddington Studios, London, 11th November 1964
Keith cooking in the kitchen of Andy Warhol's Montauk home where the Rolling Stones were rehearsing for their 1975 Tour of the Americas.
1972 U.S. Tour
Mick & Aston Martin London 1966
This shot was taken backstage at the rehearsals for ABC's "Thank Your Lucky Stars." 1964
Stones Primrose Hill, London 1966 -- an outtake from the Between The Buttons cover shoot.
Rolling Stones at the Alamo; 1975
Rolling Stones onstage 1972 (location unknown)
The Stones say they're amazed the group is still going strong.
Richards says his biggest regret is the death in 1969 of guitarist Brian Jones, but that on the whole the band's career has been "an incredible adventure."
He tells the BBC that the Stones have rehearsed for new shows, but dates haven't been fixed.