Rolling Stones perform first 50th anniversary gig at London’s O2 Arena

By Daniel S Levine,

The Rolling Stones kicked off their 50th anniversary gigs Sunday at London’s O2 Arena, performing an assortment of their classic hits and bringing on a few guests to join them.

Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ron Wood were joined onstage by former members Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor. Guests Mary J. Blige and Jeff Beck also joined them for one song each. Blige joined them on “Gimmie Shelter,” while Beck added another guitar to “Going Down.” Wyman performed on “It’s Only Rock and Roll” and “Honky Tonk Women.” Taylor was onstage for “Midnight Rambler.”

Other hits on the set list include “I Wanna Be Your Man,” which kicked off the show, “Paint It Black,” “Wild Horses” and “Brown Sugar.”

The show, which was attended by 20,000 fans, ended with an encore with “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” and “Jumpin’ Jack Flash.”

They also performed “Doom and Gloom,” the new single for their greatest hits album GRRR!.

One song was missing, though. The Stones’ signature song, “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” was not on the set list. According to The Telegraph, a strict curfew kept them from playing the song. The show didn’t start until 8:30pm and they had to be finished by 11pm, meaning that the fans could not hear them perform the classic track.

However, what fans did see was praised by many, notes The Guardian. In its review, Rolling Stone noted, “...As Jagger left the stage, still jogging and shaking his maracas after two and a half hours and 23 songs, it was clear that even at these ticket prices, the Stones' 50th anniversary shows deliver value for money.”

The Stones will next perform in London on Thursday. US fans will get to see them at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Dec. 8 and at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ on Dec. 13 and 15.



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