The Rolling Stones - Rolling Stones Thrill 20,000 Fans With First 50th Anniversary Gig

The Rolling Stones treated fans to an explosive performance on Sunday (25Nov12) when the rockers kicked off a string of huge shows to celebrate 50 years in the music business.

The (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction hitmakers were joined by former bandmates Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor, performing with the regular quartet of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts for the first time in 20 years.

The rockers entertained 20,000 fans at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, 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 gig 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 (£395) to up to $1,000 (£950) 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."


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