Almost 51 years ago, on July 12, 1962, a couple of childhood friends from Kent took the stage at the Marquee on Oxford Street for their first gig. They called themselves the Rolling Stones. Just a year later, on June 7, 1963, the band dropped their first single and launched themselves into rock 'n' roll fame. The year 2013 marks 50 years of Rolling Stones music, and here are five ways to celebrate this rockin' anniversary.
Attend the '50 & Counting' Tour
Kieth Richards and Buddy Guy on stage — Photo courtesy of Doctor Noe In December 2012, the Stones kicked off their 50 & Counting tour with a concert in London. If you want to see (and hear) Kieth Richards, Mick Jagger and the rest of the crew for yourself, check out the lineup of North American appearances throughout the summer, with stops in cities like Chicago, Toronto, Boston, Los Angeles and Las Vegas.
Have a Drink at El Mocambo Tavern in Toronto, ON
El Mocambo by day — Photo courtesy of Steve Harris While the Marquee Club is long gone, El Mocambo Tavern lives on. This Toronto institution has hosted many big name acts, but it all started with the Rolling Stones. In 1977, the band chose the intimate venue to record the second half of their live album Love You Live. The band gave two surprise performances, getting paid $400 per show. Today, you can still hear live music at El Mocambo several nights a week.
Visit the Church of St. Annes in St. Tropez, France
St. Tropez — Photo courtesy of Michael Gwyther-Jones Lead singer Mick Jagger perfected that bad boy rocker persona and became an international sex symbol. A notorious womanizer, Mick Jagger has been romantically linked with countless high-profile women, but he only tied the knot twice. If you want to walk the same aisle Bianca De Macias did in 1971, you'll have to visit the Church of St. Annes in St. Tropez, France. Even though things didn't work out between Bianca and Mick – she famously said,"My marriage ended on my wedding day" – the French fishing village is undeniably romantic.
Enjoy Rolling Scones Afternoon Tea in London, England
Tea with a view of the London Eye — Photo courtesy of The Royal HorseguardsIn honor of the 50th anniversary of the Rolling Stones, the Royal Horseguards Hotel in London is hosting a special "Rolling Scones" afternoon tea. Menu items will include Keith’s Coconut Macaroons, Babylon Babas, Lickin Lips Cakes and "Brown Sugar" pecan pie. When you've had your fill, head over to Oxford Street to pay homage at the old site of the Marquee.
Rock on at the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Sheffield, AL
Inside Muscle Shoals Sound Studio — Photo courtesy of monomooger Every rock 'n' roll fan should have their picture taken outside of the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio before they die. The Rolling Stones dropped two tracks here in 1969, Brown Sugar and Wild Horses, and countless other music legends have recorded within these walls. The studio has since closed, but the building still stands and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.