Sunday, July 15, 2012
The Rolling Stones played their first gig 50 years ago this past Sunday–and, like the blues legends that Mick Jagger and Keith Richards grew up revering (see my review of Richards' autobiography "Life"), they have continued performing well past their youth. In fact, more than any other major rock band, the Stones have remained true to their rock and blues roots, as evidenced by their jams with John Lee Hooker, James Cotton and Muddy Waters, and their paying for Hubert Sumlin's funeral. Above they played an acoustic "Dead Flowers" in 1995 in Amsterdam. Richards explained, "This is where we come from, playing joints this size"–a joint like London's Marquee Jazz Club, which they played on July 12, 1962.