LONDON (AP) – The Rolling Stones celebrated their 50th anniversary with an amazing London performance proving people that real talent never fades with age. The Sunday night concert will be continued with three more shows which will be promoted by Virgin Live.
50 years have gone by since the Rolling Stones set out to become one of the most appreciated rock bands in the world. Neither the members of the group, nor the manager of the band could let this anniversary get by without a proper celebration. Virgin Live announced a month ago that the Rolling Stones will start a four-show tour in UK and USA.
The first performance took place on London’s O2 Arena with the participation of thousands of fans. The concert began with an emotional speech delivered by the band’s frontman Mick Jagger. He thanked fans for the support they have shown from the very beginning and recalled some of the most significant moments in Rolling Stones’ history. He was pleasantly surprised to see that so many people still come to the band’s concerts and purchase their albums after all these years.
The speech was followed by a short video tribute from illustrious figures, such as, Elton John, Iggy Pop and Johnny Depp who wanted to praise the interpreters for revolutionizing the music. The Stones, too, wanted to pay tribute to all the personalities who have shaped them into the artists they are today. Thus, they mentioned Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Otis Redding, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, as well as Elvis Presley as the singers who inspired them.
Among the tunes that were performed on stage were some of the less popular singles “I Wanna Be Your Man” and “It’s All Over Now”, as well as their most popular songs. Later on, the show grew much darker with the band’s famous hits “Paint It Black” and “Sympathy For The Devil”.
The Rolling Stones concluded their first concert by praising the recent projects that drew people’s attention on the U.K. All eyes have been on Britain this year thanks to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the London Olympics or the new James Bond film.