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Rolling Stones thrill 20,000 fans with first 50th anniversary concert

WENN

The Rolling Stones treated fans to an explosive performance on Sunday when they kicked off a string of shows to celebrate 50 years in the music business.

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The rockers were joined by former band mates Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor, who performed with the regular quartet of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts for the first time in 20 years. They entertained 20,000 fans at the O2 Arena in London with over two hours of hits and were joined by guest stars Mary J. Blige, who delivered a stirring duet with Jagger on "Gimme Shelter," and guitarist Jeff Beck, who played on a rendition of "I'm Going Down."

The concert was the first of two in London before the band crosses the Atlantic to play three dates in the United States. Speaking at the gig, Jagger remembered the group's start in his hometown of Dartford, just outside of London, saying, "It took us 50 years to get from Dartford to Greenwich! But you know, we made it. What's even more amazing is that you're still coming to see us ... we can't thank you enough."

The frontman also took time to address the ongoing criticism the band has faced over high ticket prices, ranging from $150 to up to $1,000 for a VIP seat. He said, "Everybody all right there in the cheap seats. They're not really cheap though are they? That's the trouble."

42Comments
Nov 26, 2012 9:39PM
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All the morons with there little stones bashing, you just don't know what it takes to play at a level to sustain 50 years and they still come back, Stupitiy at it's highest level. And all you moron stones haters know who you are, the hair(gag) band lovers. Get it you fools.
Nov 26, 2012 3:10PM
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proof positive that drugs are really not all that bad for yoy!
Nov 26, 2012 3:10PM
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the stones are the best rock n roll band in the world. Period!
Nov 26, 2012 1:23PM
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awsome rockers......  forever stoned baby
Nov 26, 2012 1:11PM
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"Stones still thrill after 50 years"

It's true, I never get tired of Fred and Barney.

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