Rolling Stones Make Live Comeback

It’s been over five years since The Rolling Stones closed their “A Bigger Bang” tour with a three night stand at London’s O2 Arena. They reprised these shows with a two night stand at the same venue in honor of their 50th anniversary. With a career spanning setlist, they opened with their version of “I Wanna Be Your Man”, their second single that was famously written in front of them by Paul McCartney and John Lennon. They played a number of their earlier hits, including “Get Off Of My Cloud” and “Lady Jane”, moving through their mid-60s material into their late 60s to early 70s with the help of a number of special guests. Mary J Blige sang Merry Clayton’s famous backing vocals on “Gimmie Shelter” and Jeff Beck joined in the live debut of “I’m Going Down”.

More importantly, in honor of their 50th anniversary, the band brought out their original bassist Bill Wyman for his first show with the band since 1992 to play on “Honky Tonk Woman” and “Its Only Rock n Roll (But I Like It)”. Mick Taylor, The Stones’ lead guitarist from 1969 to 1974, also made an appearance playing on “Midnight Rambler”.

Despite some noticeable absences (no “Street Fighting Man” or “Under My Thumb”?) and extremely high ticket prices , it seems like The Stones’ first comeback concert was an undeniable success.

By Stevie Dunbar

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