The Rolling Stone have performed their first of five 50th Anniversary Concerts. The tour kicked off last night at London’s 02 Arena and some official footage has been released to give those not in attendance a little taste of the festivities.
To be honest, the footage paints a bit of an underwhelming picture. However, as reported by Consequence of Sound, The Rolling Stones delivered one surprise after the next. The set opened up with a cover of The Beatles‘ I Wanna Be Your Man, apparently the first time Jagger and crew have performed the song since 1964.
Mary J. Blige joined Jagger on stage for a rendition of Gimme Shelter. Jeck Beck lent his guitar talents to the first live performance of I’m Going Down and You Can’t Always Get What You Want was delivered with the help of the London Youth Choir.
In a night of nostalgia, former Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor returned for Midnight Rambler, while the band’s original bassist Bill Wyman appeared to slap a little four-string for It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll (But I Like It).
For your astonishment, here’s a link to a picture of the stage…
Watch: The Rolling Stones kick off ’50 & Counting’ tour in London
The Rolling Stones – 50 & Counting Setlist
I Wanna Be Your Man (The Beatles cover) (First time played since 1964)
Get Off of My Cloud
It’s All Over Now (The Valentinos cover)
Paint It Black
Gimme Shelter (with Mary J. Blige)
All Down the Line
I’m Going Down (with Jeff Beck) (Live Debut)
Out of Control
One More Shot
Doom and Gloom
It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll (But I Like It) (with Bill Wyman)
Honky Tonk Women (with Grrregory)
Before They Make Me Run (Keith Richards on lead vocals)
Happy (Keith Richards on lead vocals)
Midnight Rambler (with Mick Taylor)
Start Me Up
Sympathy for the Devil
You Can’t Always Get What You Want (with London Youth Choir)
Jumpin’ Jack Flash