The Rolling Stones going strong - at 50

  • Updated: July 12, 2012 - 7:32 PM

It's only rock 'n' roll, but the Rolling Stones definitely like it. The band celebrated the 50th anniversary of its first gig at a bash in London on Thursday, and the Stones have no plans to quit. "All of this has sort of brought us back together," said guitarist Keith Richards, who revealed that the Stones have begun rehearsing for new live shows that could come this year. It all means Mick Jagger may need to rethink the words he sang more than 45 years ago in "Mother's Little Helper" -- "What a drag it is getting old." The group is marking its half-century with no letup. Now in their late 60s and early 70s, the members celebrated the anniversary by attending a retrospective photo exhibition at London's Somerset House. Jagger, Richards, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts mingled with rockers, writers and hangers-on -- from Simply Red singer Mick Hucknall to playwright Tom Stoppard -- at a launch party. The show, which opens to the public Friday, charts the band's career from their first official photo shoot in 1963 -- young mop tops lined up against a row of red phone boxes -- to their monster stadium tours. "You can see when you look at the photos how we couldn't give a hoot about anything," Jagger said. The Stones have sold more than 200 million records and their last global tour -- from 2005 to 2007 -- earned more than $500 million.

SPLIT: Designer Vera Wang and her husband, Arthur Becker, announced they have separated. The news comes just two weeks shy of their 23rd anniversary.

INJURED: Kristin Chenoweth, 43, the Tony Award-winning actress, was injured by falling scaffolding on the Brooklyn set of "The Good Wife." By Thursday, she was released from a hospital and was resting at home.

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