This past Sunday night at London's O2 Arena, The Rolling Stones performed the first of five 50th-anniversary shows, which are scheduled through December 15. Several guest stars joined the band that night, including Jeff Beck (who was offered a chance to be in the Stones at one point) and former Stones Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor, who brought along a Bigsby-equipped, vintage Les Paul.
It looks like all the recent covert activity by members of the Rolling Stones -- including recent reports of recording sessions and rehearsals -- is indeed leading to something. The Stones have announced they'll play four shows later this year in celebration of their 50th anniversary as a band. The shows will mark their first live appearances since 2007.
Guitarist Mick Taylor, who is generally considered the most musically gifted Rolling Stone of all time, is heading to New York City next week to kick off a six-night run of shows at the Iridium Jazz Club at 1650 Broadway. The shows run May 9 through May 14.