ROLLING STONES: Celebrating the Conception
The Rolling Stones first show as The Rollin' Stones took place in July 1962, which makes this year the 50th anniversary of that event. But according to Keith Richards, as well as Mick Jagger, the 50th anniversary is actually next January, because it was that month in 1963 that drummer Charlie Watts joined.
"To us, we're celebrating the conception," says Richards, "which is always fun. The birth is next year." The celebration has been kicking into high gear this week with the release on Tuesday of a new best-of collection called GRRR! and Thursday night's premiere of their new documentary, Crossfire Hurricane, on HBO followed by two shows later this month in London and three in the New York City-area next month.