July 12, 1962. Fans huddle in the rain outside London’s marquee jazz club. “Give me shelter!” cries one, eager to escape the Oxford Street masses.
They are awaiting the arrival of an up and coming band that has just recruited an enigmatic new frontman. The group has been practising their R&B standards not far away at the Bricklayer’s Arms in Soho for weeks now and are finally ready to take to the stage.
Having only managed to secure the gig due to a last minute cancellation, they are not going to waste the opportunity of a lifetime.
And they don’t. The band go down a storm, securing regular performances at some of London’s premier clubs and gaining themselves a dedicated fanbase in the process.
50 years on and I’m sure none of the members of The Rolling Stones would have thought they’d have made it this far – at least not with their notorious lifestyles. This week marks the 50th anniversary of the band’s first ever gig, which they will be celebrating with the release of a new book, Rolling Stones 50, which features previously unseen material that spans the band’s dazzling career.
With the anniversary re-igniting interest in the Rolling Stones, there has never been a better time to invest in the band’s legacy.
We have a unique electric guitar signed by all the members of the band currently on offer, but what excites me more is this concert pass to a 1964 gig arranged by the Rolling Stones fan club, where they headlined a bill that also included John Lee Hooker and John Mayall’s Blues Breakers.
Now there’s a night to remember.