Today marks 50 years since the group played their first gig at London’s Marquee Club on 12 July 1962. Considering the lifestyles of some of the band members it seems remarkable that they lived to the age of 50 years let alone have performed together for that long.
The remaining quartet of Sir Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Woods and Charlie Watts were last seen together in 2008 when they all attended the premiere of Shine A Light, Martin Scorcese’s docu-movie based on the 2006 Beacon Theatre concert in New York on their A Bigger Bang tour. The remaining quartet were also joined by Bill Wyman who left the Stones in 1989 (although the public didn’t get to hear about this until 1992) and Mick Taylor who left in 1974.
A new photographic exhibition has opened today at Somerset House in London celebrating the band’s 50 years in rock. The exhibition includes studio portraits of the band as well as concert footage and speaking to the BBC guitarist Keith Richards said that he felt “weird’ looking at the photos.
It’s amazing – most of these pictures I think, ‘where was the cameraman?’ I don’t remember them being there,” he said.
The thing that most people want to know about the Stones is whether we will get to see them tour again or hear a new studio album. Richards admitted that they had met up a couple of times recently for rehearsals and the signs look more than promising that we will see the rockers again at least one more time. He said: “There’s things in the works – I think it’s definitely happening,” he 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.”
Apart form the whole nostalgia thing a new tour could be a huge earner for the quartet, who now have a combined age of 272, as their last world tour A Bigger Bang made £360m in ticket sales alone not counting all merchandising, cd, dvd sales etc and was one of the most profitable tours of all-time.
Stevie was appearing on America’s CBS This Morning when she made the announcement. She said: ‘It’s the plan. Because that’s what we do. I do my thing, and Lindsey [Buckingham’s] out doing his thing.’
The group have not performed together in public since a 2009 concert in New Zealand although they did have a private date in October 2010 for US investment company Texas Pacific Group.
The news is a surprise for fans of the group as in March this year founder member Mick Fleetwood said in an interview with Playboy Magazine: “I don’t believe Fleetwood Mac will ever tour again, but I really hope we do. We have rehearsed it and prepared for it since 2010.
“We were supposed to tour in 2011, but we delayed it for a year to allow Stevie Nicks to support her solo record and for Lindsey Buckingham to do the same with his.”
Although they have not been together for quite as long as our other rockers in the news today Fleetwood mac were originally formed back in 1967.
The group has gone through several very different stages over the years and they originally started off as a straight blues outfit. Most people however will know Fleetwood Mac from their work in the 70’s and 80’s especially the 1977 album Rumours.
The group also became known in the 70’s and 80’s for the very complicated romantic relationships going on amongst them. It seemed at one time as though everyone in the band had just swapped partners. There is no doubt that this dynamic caused no end of problems within the group and caused delays in albums as well as problems touring.
If the band do get back for a new tour and possibly even a new album then we will be watching the following line-up:
- Mick Fleetwood – drums
- John McVie- bass
- Lindsey Buckingham – guitar, vocals
- Stevie Nocks – vocals. keyboards