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Friday 25 July 2014

Stones reunited on 50th anniversary

Charlie Watts, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Mick Jagger arrive at the Rolling Stones: 50 photographic exhibition at Somerset House

The Rolling Stones spent the night together as they celebrated half a century since their first gig.

The band, sporting a few more wrinkles than on their debut exactly 50 years ago, embraced and partied as they marked their milestone.

Sir Mick Jagger, Ronnie Wood, Keith Richards and Charlie Watts came together in public for the first time for four years as they launched a photo exhibition chronicling the band's career.

The quartet last got together when they attended the premiere of Martin Scorsese's documentary Shine A Light in 2008.

The smartly dressed stars - with Ronnie wearing studded loafers - gathered at Somerset House in central London, along with family, friends and those who had helped them along the way.

Guests included Sir Mick's girlfriend, L'Wren Scott, as well as his daughters Georgia and Lizzy, while other Stones offspring in attendance included Ronnie's daughter Leah.

Friends such as Sir Tim Rice, Mick Hucknall and the novelist Ian Rankin were among those at the reception to mark the exhibition of archive photos, which opens on Friday.

It also saw the group reunited with former members Bill Wyman - who quit the band two decades ago - and Mick Taylor, who left in the 1970s.

Thursday was the anniversary of the band's first show at the Marquee club in London's Oxford Street on 1962, when they played as The Rollin' Stones. They landed the gig when the venue's regular band, Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated, were booked for a BBC radio show.

Earlier, the band prompted speculation that they may play once more. Keith told the BBC they had met up for "a couple of rehearsals". He added: "There's things in the works, there's nothing so final that I could say."

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