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Rolling Stones play London with former members, choir, and more

The Rolling Stones played the first official concert on their 50th anniversary mini-tour at the O2 Arena in London earlier tonight. It ended at about 6:00 p.m. ET.

Rolling Stones 50th anniversary tour
Rolling Stones

Throughout the show, and beforehand, the official Rolling Stones Twitter feed, @RollingStones, tweeted the news including sets lists, comments, guest musicians, and pictures. Below are the highlights of the set, beginning at about 4 p.m., ET. It is a mix of the original tweets and, for clarification, a translation into English:

Approx. 4 p.m. ET:

Playing over the sound system is the White Stripes' "Hardest Button To Button," as "we wait for the show to start.

"Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome THE ROLLING STONES!"

The set started with some early singles, beginning with their second, "I Wanna Be Your Man," written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. This is followed by "Get Off Of My Cloud" and "It's All Over Now.'

Mick Jagger asked, "How's everyone in the cheap seats? The problem is they're not so cheap!" Then the band moves forward to "Paint It Black," "Gimme Shelter" with guest Mary J. Blige, then "for all the graceless ladies," "Wild Horses," and (apparently the untweeted) "Lady Jane."

Approx. 5 p.m.:

Next up was "All Down The Line" from "Exile On Main Street," apparently with a Ronnie Wood guitar solo. Jagger said, "Everybody say YEAH! ... Another special guest, this time one of our contemporaries, Mr. Jeff Beck," then a cover of the blues classic, "Going Down."

Next, the Stones skip to more recent material, "Out Of Control" from "Bridges To Babylon" with Jagger on harmonica, followed by two new songs, the first being "One More Shot," with "Keith Richards on backing vocals."

Jagger commented, "That was good, the first time we've ever done that live! A kind of baptism of fire! ... This (next) one we've done a few times, " before playing the new single, "Doom and Gloom."

Now the excitement reaches a new level with the following announcement:

"Ladies and gentlemen, (original bassist) Mr. Bill Wyman!"

Then the band plays "It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (But I Like It)," followed by "Honky Tonk Women" featuring Lisa Fischer on vocals, Chuck Leavell on piano, and "Grrregory," presumably the gorilla on the cover of the new Stones anthology.

"Thank you, Bill!"

Jagger's band introductions were next: Regular auxiliary members Bernard Fowler, Fischer, Tim Ries, Bobby Keys, Chuck Leavell, and Darryl Jones.

Then the Stones. "Might be having a (cigarette) round the back, RONNIE WOOD! ... He's milking it now, Ronnie, people have got to get the last tube (subway)... On the drums, Charlie Watts! Take the mic, Charlie! ... On the guitars, KEITH RICHARDS!"

Keef, the human riff, spoke next: "It's great to be here, it's great to be anywhere! Good to be back in town ... 'Before They Make Me Run?' You got it" From Twitter, "Ronnie & Keith guitar sparring HOT ... Ronnie's wearing a 'Bridges To Babylon' lion guitar strap."

Then another Keef song. "You've called it pals, now it's 'Happy'." Again from Twitter, "Ronnie Wood on slide guitar! GO RONNIE GO!" After the song was over, Richards said, "One love, gold rings on ya."

Then it was time for "the one and only Mick Taylor!" performing "Midnight Rambler" with Jagger on harp. "Everybody say 'Oh yeah'! Everybody say 'OWW!'" After it was over, Jagger said, "Mick Taylor! Thank you!" Sadly, it was the only song with Taylor, who played with the band from 1969 to 1974.

5:05 p.m. ET

"Miss You" was next, featuring Jones on bass and Keys on sax. Jagger said, ""Sometimes I wish I could play the bass like Darryl! ... Come on Lisa, do it with me... Wahoohoohoohoohoohoo"

5:12 p.m. ET

"Start Me Up," featuring Wood on guitar.

5:28 p.m. ET

Following "Tumbling Dice," Jagger said, "Starting to warm up a bit now, starting to feel the heat. How you doing Charlie?"

5:34 p.m. ET

"Brown Sugar," featuring Bobby Keys.

5:40 p.m. ET

From Twitter: "'Are you ready for 'Sympathy For The Devil,' Gggregory?!' Mick wears a spectacular gorilla style cloak designed by L'Wren Scott."

5:47 p.m. ET

Jagger says, "Thank you very much everybody, goodnight! ... Ladies and gentlemen, KEITH RICHARDS!"

5:50 p.m. ET

This must have been an impressive encore: "You Can't Always Get What You Want," with a full choir, for the first time ever in concert. Jagger encouraged audience participation. "You heard the choir singing, now you're going to do some singing ... You sounded very good out there. I'd like to thank the Voce Chamber Choir and the London Youth Choir."

5:58 p.m. ET

"Are you ready for a bit more?" Then the final number, "Jumping Jack Flash. "You've been a fantastic audience, goodnight!" From Twitter, "Hugs all round. Now playing 'Cherry Oh Baby' on the speakers as the fans leave."

A full report was just posted on the Stones' official website.


I Wanna Be Your Man
Get Off Of My Cloud
It’s All Over Now
Paint It Black
Gimme Shelter (with Mary J. Blige)
Wild Horses
Lady Jane
All Down The Line
Going Down (with Jeff Beck)
Out Of Control
One More Shot
Doom And Gloom
It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll (with Bill Wyman)
Honky Tonk Women (with Bill Wyman)

Band Intros

Before They Make Me Run
Midnight Rambler (with Mick Taylor)
Miss You
Start Me Up
Tumbling Dice
Brown Sugar
Sympathy For The Devil

You Can’t Always Get What You Want (with choir)
Jumpin’ Jack Flash

This was Wyman's first onstage appearance with Stones since August 25, 1990, and Taylor's first since December 14, 1981, according to

Pictures have been posted on the band's official Facebook page.

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