THE ROLLING STONES: The Other, Other Mick Sets the Record Straight
Mick Avory has confirmed that he wasn't the drummer for The Rolling Stones' first show.
Mick Avory has confirmed that he wasn't the drummer for The Rolling Stones' first show. We were among the many media outlets who reported that the future Kinks drummer played with the Stones on July 12th, 1962 -- although we quickly pointed out that Tony Chapman was actually backing Mick Jagger, Keith Richard and Brian Jones.
Avory has been inundated with congratulatory messages, which has led to the following post on the official Kinks website: "50 years ago, The Rolling Stones played their first gig, but it was not with future Kinks' drummer Mick Avory, as incorrectly reported everywhere. Avory had been rehearsing with the Stones leading up to this date but left before. He obviously knew he had a better band to join in 1964!"
Rounding out the lineup that night were Ian Stewart on piano and Dick Taylor on bass. Bill Wyman took over on bass in December of that year after Taylor left to form The Pretty Things, and drummer Charlie Watts came on board in January 1963.