The 50 year anniversary of The Rolling Stones
has called for quite the celebration these past few weeks. With the release of the highly praised documentary Crossfire Hurricane
out last week, Stones fans were also graced by the first of two London shows last night, at the O2 Arena.
The lingering anticipation was further fueled by a large screen that played various interviews from people like Johnny Depp, Iggy Pop, Elton John, etc., who expressed what profound impacts the music of the Stones still has on them. The entire stage was engulfed by a huge replica of the infamous lips.
"I Wanna Be Your Man" was the chosen opener, and brought the crowd right back to 1963 when John Lennon and Paul McCartney gave the song to Mick and Keith. The band was still as tight as ever, and Mick didn't cease to show that his dance moves did not fade away.
Former Stones mates Mick Taylor (guitarist 1969-1974) appeared to play "Midnight Rambler." Former bassist Bill Wyman (1962-1992) joined back up with the Stones to run through "It's Only Rock'n'Roll." Neither former member had played with the band since their departures.
The Stones made history last night for fans, by playing a plethora of immortal hits: "Get Off of My Cloud," "Paint It Black," "Gimme Shelter," "Wild Horses," "Honky Tonk Woman," "Miss You," "Start Me Up," "Brown Sugar," and more. Just one look at the set list makes anyone who missed out on the show, well, pretty pissed off to have missed out.
Keith Richards took the lead vocals for his tracks "Happy" and "Before they Make You Run." He did an incredible job, and fans were grateful for his good health, which caused the Stones to delay some shows back in September.
Jeff Beck joined the stage for a rendition of "I'm Going Down," and Mary J. Blige assisted with vocals on "Gimme Shelter." Apparently, because of the O2's curfew, "Satisfaction" wasn't played.
For those who haven't gotten the memo, the Stones are playing another show at the O2 Arena November 29, followed by a show at the new Brooklyn Barclays Center (December 8th) and the Newark Prudential Center (December 13th and 15th).
Ticket prices are ridiculously high, and with good reason. Jagger even chimed in on the matter last night, "How's everyone in the cheap seats? The problem is they're not so cheap!"
So, if you don't have the golden ticket to be graced with The Rolling Stones in the upcoming weeks, here is a video of last night's "Honky Tonk Woman."