Rolling Stones Rock London in 50th Anniversary Show

The Rolling Stones made a triumphant return to the London stage on Sunday night in the first of five concerts to mark the 50th anniversary of their debut as an American-oriented blues band.

Ronnie Wood, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones perform at 02 Arena on November 25, 2012 in London, England. Photo: ABC News/YouTube

They’re the original bad boys of rock and one of the biggest bands in the world. And the Rolling Stones thrilled fans by taking to the stage at London’s O2 Arena on Sunday night. The rockers performed at the epic venue to celebrate their diamond jubilee in the music world.

There was no support act for these concerts. Mick, Keith, Charlie and Ronnie celebrated in style and delivered a 2 hour plus set with all the hits taken from every decade of their career plus the two new stand out track – ‘One More Shot’ and ‘Doom And Gloom’.

Before a packed crowd of 20,000 at London’s O2 Arena, they banished doubts that age may have slowed down one of the world’s greatest rock and roll bands, as lead singer Mick Jagger launched into “I Wanna Be Your Man”.

The encores of the songs ‘Sympathy For The Devil’, ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’ and ‘Jumping Jack Flash’ sent everyone home stunned by the spectacle of the Greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll Band in the World, back where they belong, on stage and rocking the night away

True, even after 50 years, the Stones still couldn’t get any “Satisfaction” – unfortunately, the 1965 hit was the most notable absentee from the set, despite appearing on the set list handed to the media.

During the show special guests joined them for a hit-packed show in London’s O2 Arena. Former Stones comrades Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor returned to the ranks, while Mary J. Blige and Jeff Beck were also on hand to help with the celebrations. Mary J. Blige delivered a rousing duet with Jagger on “Gimme Shelter”.

Reuters reports, that former Rolling Stones Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor were also back in the fold, performing with the regular quartet of Jagger, Ronnie Wood and Keith Richards on guitar and Charlie Watts on drums for the first time in 20 years

‘It has taken us 50 years to get from Deptford to Greenwich,’ shouted Mick Jagger last night, as he led the Stones through a catalogue of hits old and older.

The most remarkable moment of the performance was when they played their new single, Doom & Gloom – instantly recognizable from the low down swampy rhymes to the unmistakable gritty vocals.

They are the only group in the world who can make a noise like that – and after 50 years, that is truly incredible.

However hundreds of tickets for the Rolling Stones gigs were unsold on Sunday night as touts were accused of pricing fans out of the market, the Telegraph writes.  Tickets for both Sunday night’s gig and a second to be held on Thursday went on sale last month for between £106 and £406, including booking fees, even though it certainly seemed to be a full house.

According to the Rolling Stones website, the band will play a second night at The O2 Arena London on Thursday 29 November, before heading across the Atlantic for three shows: Barclay Center, Brooklyn on Saturday 8 December, and the Prudential Center, Newark NJ on Thursday 13 and Saturday 15 December.

The final show will be telecast live via pay-per-view at 9pm ET. The pay-per-view entitled “One More Shot” will be distributed by WWE.

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