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Mick Jagger has denied Katy Perry’s claims that he made a pass at her when she was 18.

Katy Perry made the comments during an interview on Australian radio this week, while promoting new album Prism.

The singer said the incident took place when she sang backing vocals for Mick Jagger’s 2004 song Old Habits Die Hard.

But a statement from the 70-year-old Rolling Stones frontman said he “categorically denies that he has ever made a pass at Katy Perry”.

Mick Jagger has denied Katy Perry's claims that he made a pass at her when she was 18

Mick Jagger has denied Katy Perry’s claims that he made a pass at her when she was 18

The statement continued: “Perhaps she is confusing him with someone else.”

Katy Perry, 29, told her interviewer: “I actually went to dinner with him one time and he hit on me one time when I was like 18.

“But that was a long time ago and since then he’s been very kind and I got to sing Beast Of Burden on his stage on their tour,” she added.

Katy Perry was one of several singers to make a guest appearance on the Rolling Stones’ tour earlier this year.

When Katy Perry was asked during the interview how she turned down an advance from a star such as Mick Jagger, she responded: “Well, you bring a friend and they do them. You sacrifice your friend.”

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James Brown’s life and music career is to be brought to the big screen in a biopic produced by Mick Jagger.

The biopic will be directed by Tate Taylor, known for his Oscar-winning adaptation of The Help in 2011.

James Brown will be played by Chadwick Boseman who portrayed the history-making baseball player Jackie Robinson in the upcoming film 42.

Tate Taylor said of ‘”the Godfather of Soul”: “Those are big shoes to fill.”

James Brown will be played by Chadwick Boseman in new biopic

James Brown will be played by Chadwick Boseman in new biopic

According to The Wrap, Chadwick Boseman will portray James Brown over a period of several decades, from his impoverished youth in Georgia to becoming one of the founding fathers of funk music and most important figures in 20th Century pop music.

James Brown biopic has been in development for years, with various actors and directors attached. The as-yet titled film is due to begin shooting in the US this year.

The Wrap reported Tate Taylor may reunite Viola Davis, Oscar winner Octavia Spencer and Nelsan Ellis – three of the stars of The Help – on the project.

Mick Jagger will also be portrayed in the film by an actor, along with his bandmate Keith Richards and Little Richard.

A relative newcomer to the Hollywood scene, 31-year-old Chadwick Boseman gained recognition in the US earlier this year for his role in 42 which told the story of Jackie Robinson, the first African-American to play in Major League Baseball in the 1940s.

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A clump of Mick Jagger’s hair has fetched £4,000 ($6,300) at Bonhams auction in London – more than four times the £900 ($1,400) raised by a clump of bandmate Keith Richards’s mop.

Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger’s curls were snipped by his first girlfriend Chrissie Shrimpton nearly 50 years ago.

His heirloom had been expected to fetch between £1,500 and £2,000 but sparked a bidding frenzy at the Bonhams sale in central London.

There had been speculation that Mick Jagger himself would instruct a telephone bidder on his behalf.

Access to his hair by interested parties could determine DNA and Mick Jagger guards his privacy jealously after being hit with several paternity suits in the past.

Bonhams would only say that the hair went to a UK-based private collector for £4,000, including the buyer’s premium.

Mick Jagger had his hair – which, along with his pout, was already one of his trademark features – cut when the couple were staying at Chrissie Shrimpton’s family home, Rose Hill Farm.

Unbeknown to Chrissie Shrimpton, her grandmother kept a lock of it for the rest of her life.

Mick Jagger's hair fetches $6,300 at Bonhams auction in London

Mick Jagger’s hair fetches $6,300 at Bonhams auction in London

On her death, it passed to Chrissie Shrimpton’s aunt and when she died the hair was handed to Shrimpton, now 67, by a cousin taking care of personal effects.

All proceeds from today’s sale will be donated to charity Changing Faces, which supports people with facial disfigurements.

The clump of Keith Richards’s hair was cut from his head by 16-year-old fan Maggie Richardson in the Stones’ dressing room in Preston, Lancashire, in 1964.

It went for £900 at a recent auction.

Chrissie Shrimpton was a Covent Garden secretary whose sister Jean became a 1960s supermodel.

Mick Jagger started dating Chrissie Shrimpton while he was a student at the London School of Economics and on the brink of stardom.

When they met, Mick Jagger was sharing a squalid flat in Kilburn, north London with Keith Richards.

The romance lasted three turbulent years, during which Mick Jagger became one of the world’s biggest music stars with a legion of adoring groupies.

Although the couple became engaged and moved into a flat in Regent’s Park, the relationship ended in 1966.

The Stones’ songs Under My Thumb and Stupid Girl are said to have been inspired by Mick Jagger and Chrissie Shrimpton’s relationship.

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The Rolling Stones made their Glastonbury debut at Pyramid Stage – 43 years after the festival first took place.

The band opened with Jumping Jack Flash, with Mick Jagger prowling the stage in a green sequinned jacket.

Mick Jagger thanked the fans and, after It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll (But I Like It), joked that organizers had “finally got round to asking us” to play.

They are set to play for two-and-a-half hours, with tens of thousands of fans stretching up the hill to Worthy Farm.

Organizers are expecting the festival’s biggest ever audience for a single act. The capacity for the main stage was increased to 100,000 this year.

Michael Eavis has been trying to book the band almost since the first Glastonbury in 1970. The Rolling Stones last had a UK number one single a year before that, with Honky Tonk Women.

An opening tape featuring Michael Eavis saying “we waited a long time”, and the familiar rhythm track of Sympathy For The Devil warmed up the crowd, who spontaneously broke into the familiar “whoo whoo” backing vocals.

“It’s great to be here doing this show, doing this festival,” said Mick Jagger after It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll (But I Like It).

“After all these years they finally got round to asking us,” he added.

Drummer Charlie Watts gave the joke a desultory cymbal crash.

And five songs into their set, Mick Jagger introduced a new song, written for a girl he claimed to have met at the festival last night.

An uptempo country-rock number, it featured the refrain “Waiting for my Glastonbury girl”.

After 90 minutes, Sympathy For The Devil got a full airing, as flares turned the sky red and the mechanical phoenix rose from atop the Pyramid stage.

Mick Jagger said: “We’ve been doing this for 50 years or something. And if this is the first time you’ve seen a band, please come again.”

Meanwhile, at the Acoustic tent, the Bootleg Beatles played a Stones riff and commented: “Sign of a good band – you’ve got to know when to split up.”

The Rolling Stones made their Glastonbury debut at Pyramid Stage

The Rolling Stones made their Glastonbury debut at Pyramid Stage

Earlier on Saturday, as the sun beamed down on Somerset’s Worthy Farm, familiar riffs from Stones hits Start Me Up and (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction rang out from the festival’s main stage, as technicians prepared for the show at 21:30 BST.

Proceedings started with Malian musician Rokia Traore, whose upbeat blend of African roots, blues and jazz gave early risers a chance to dance off the fug of a late night.

A headliner at this year’s Womad festival, Rokia Traore was offered a Glastonbury slot as a gesture of solidarity with Mali, where Islamic militants have all but banned music in some areas.

Billy Bragg got into the spirit of the day by playing classic Stones track Dead Flowers during his set, while soul singer Laura Mvula welcomed the sun by breaking into a sing-a-long rendition of Bob Marley’s One Love.

She said the cover had been suggested by her musical director, Troy Miller “whose last appearance here was with Amy Winehouse, so he knows what he’s talking about”.

Laura Mvula, who only released her debut album Sing To The Moon in March, said stepping out on the festival’s main stage was overwhelming.

“Let me tell you something, there’s nothing like it. A sort of nervousness I’ve never experienced before.

“It was like a mental battle – the goal was to get through it and enjoy as many moments as possible”

Other acts on Saturday’s line-up include Elvis Costello, rap pioneers Public Enemy and psychedelic rockers Primal Scream.

Prince Harry was also rumored to have been spotted backstage at the John Peel tent, where the bill includes Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr and electropop band Hurts.

The Rolling Stones, currently celebrating their 50th anniversary, have kept their plans for the festival a closely guarded secret.

“I’m not saying what we’re doing at Glastonbury,” Mick Jagger told Radio 4’s Today programme on Saturday morning.

“I can’t tell you the set list.”

Guitarist Keith Richards was similarly cagey, but said he was excited by the prospect of the show.

“I’m looking forward to it because it is an iconic gig and it’s an iconic band and finally the two meet at last,” he told Radio 1’s Newsbeat.

“In a way it’s kind of weird that at last we’ve made it to Glastonbury. It’s like building Stonehenge right?”

Despite the press attention, Glastonbury is far from being the biggest show of the Stones’ career – they played to more than a million people on Rio’s Copacabana Beach in 2006.

For Michael Eavis and his daughter Emily, however, the appearance is an ambition achieved.

“It’s one of those things you thought might never happen,” said Emily Eavis.

“We were very pleased to get them.

“For my dad, it’s been a lifetime of really wanting them to play, so he’s really thrilled.”

Although The Rolling Stones drive a notoriously hard bargain when it comes to fees and ticket prices, Emily Eavis was adamant they had not received any special favors.

She said: “At Glastonbury we have a certain kind of deal which everybody gets, and everyone’s getting the same. So we’re very happy with that.”

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The Glastonbury Festival rain made its traditional appearance this afternoon, with fans wearing wellies and ponchos when a shower hit the tent city.

However, a good forecast is expected for the rest of the hotly-anticipated weekend.

Meanwhile aerial photographs show the sprawling site of the world-famous music festival, where the rain has stayed away so far for the thousands of fans attending.

Sunshine even broke through the clouds over Worthy Farm in Somerset yesterday, as festival goers trudged miles with rucksacks, tents and sleeping bags to reach the campsites.

The site was due to open at 8 a.m. but flung open its doors an hour early to allow the streams of people in, at an estimated rate of 5,000 per hour. Some had even slept out in their cars overnight to be the first in line.

They carried their precious cargo of beer and cider in shopping trolleys, laundry baskets and wheelbarrows as they made their way across the 900-acre site to secure the best camping spots.

The main performances at the event, which had a fallow year in 2012 to coincide with the Olympic and Paralympic Games, will not start until tomorrow – when Arctic Monkeys will top the bill, followed by The Rolling Stones on Saturday night and Mumford & Sons closing the festival on Sunday.

Celebrities including Kate Moss are set to be among the festival goers, with Mick Jagger even staying in Somerset to enjoy the weekend’s festivities. Hundreds of festival-goers proved they had the moves like Mick Jagger by taking part in a Jumping Jack Flashmob at Glastonbury.

The Jagger Off, arranged by two Rolling Stones fans to celebrate the band’s first appearance at the festival, saw crowds of people mimic Mick Jagger’s trademark dance moves.

It was held near the Pyramid Stage, where the band will perform their headline set on Saturday night, under the watchful eye of a giant metal phoenix that is perching on top of the structure this year.

A sound system played classic Rolling Stones songs including Brown Sugar and Start It Up to about 400 fans.

Organizer James Duke-Evans, 33, from south London, said: “It’s gone fantastically well.

“When it got dreamed up late at night we thought it would be funny if 100 people turned up, but 3,500 joined the Facebook group in the end.

“People like to get involved in something that’s not scripted and programmed. I’ve been told some people were looking forward to this more than the festival itself. And quite frankly – do you really want to live in a world where things like this don’t happen?”

Mick Jagger is expected to be on the festival site over the weekend, and is staying nearby with his family.

There is a chance he might even stumble upon the second “Jagger Off”, at the silent disco held in the early hours of Saturday morning.

“I would imagine it’s on Jagger’s radar. I don’t think he can avoid it,” said James Duke-Evans.

Glastonbury aerial photographs show the sprawling site of the world-famous music festival

Glastonbury aerial photographs show the sprawling site of the world-famous music festival

“It’s a tribute to him. We’ve watched him for years and I hope he’ll be able to watch us if he sees the footage from today.”

Many of those performing the moves, which including the “finger waggle” and “squeezing through a narrow doorway”, wore Mick Jagger masks as a tribute to their musical hero.

Some 135,000 ticket holders have been making their way on to the site at Worthy Farm, Somerset, since the festival flung open its doors yesterday morning. Campsites have been filling up quickly as music fans rushed to pitch their tents in the best spots.

They are set to be joined by celebrities, said to include Wayne and Colleen Rooney and Kate Moss, over the coming days. The main acts play from tomorrow, with other headline acts including The Arctic Monkeys and Mumford & Sons.

Police are hailing a successful start to the event, with crimes down from the last Glastonbury Festival in 2011.

In the first day, 40 crimes were reported, 22 of which were thefts, mostly from tents, and police made a total of 24 arrests, many of them over drugs.

There have been 24 drug-related offences but some of those involved were dealt with by way of a caution instead of arrest, Inspector Shirley Eden said.
Their first arrest of the festival was a person who tried to smuggle drugs into the site in a packet of fruit pastilles.

A police officer’s suspicion was raised by the fact the sweets had been hidden in a sock.

“It looked like a bag of sweets but it turned out the sweets had been taken out and replaced with drugs,” said the officer.

There is a team of 600 police officers on site, working in three shifts, and plans for the policing operation have been under way since the end of the last festival.

Inspector Shirley Eden said: “For there to have been 40 crimes so far at a festival of this size is pretty good.

“I work in Bath in my day job and would say the populations are roughly equivalent. The number of crimes you would expect in Bath in a 24-hour period is on a par with what we’ve had here. Our message to people is to protect their property and put it in the free lock ups.

“We’ve had officers in plain clothes on site who’ve seen people sleeping, with their mobile phones clearly on display next to them.

“I know people want to relax and chill but they need to look after their stuff. The majority of people here are not criminals and are not looking to steal, but there’s always going to be some crime.”

There have also been arrests for drink driving and theft from a motor vehicle, police said.

Liam Gallagher, rumored to be playing a set with his band Beady Eye, could be seen arriving at Castle Cary – the nearest railway station – by train yesterday morning.

James Wilby, forecaster with Meteogroup, said: “You always expect there to be a deluge when it’s Glastonbury but luckily that doesn’t seem the case.

“There’s a fair bit of cloud around but it’s starting to brighten up, with temperatures up to 20C yesterday. It’s pretty pleasant and will stay dry.

“This morning will be dry and bright but there’s a chance of rain in the afternoon, with a damp end to the day. It will be more typical of the conditions you’d expect at a festival. It could potentially get a bit muddy, but there will only be a millimetre or two of rain.”

Friday will see spots of drizzle but conditions will improve during the day, with Saturday being dry and sunny. Sunday will be the best day of the festival with temperatures up to 22C (71.6F), James Wilby said.

Forecaster Tony Gray from the Met Office said: “On Friday there’s a chance of light rain first thing in the morning, but then it should be cloudy. Saturday you’ve got a chance of some sunny intervals after lunchtime and high temperatures reaching 19C.

“Sunday much the same – a bit overcast, but sunny intervals for the afternoon and evening, highest temperature 19C. Monday it’s basically overcast until 10am, followed by cloudy conditions.”

Glastonbury organizer Michael Eavis said he believes the weather, combined with the line-up, means this year’s festival will be “unusually good”.

“The whole thing is fantastic,” the 77-year-old farmer said.

“There are 1,000 acres of creativity on a massive scale and to a very, very high standard. You won’t see anything else like this in the whole world.”

There is even the promise of the best-ever Glastonbury toilets, with a new system that sees waste go straight into the ground, designed to beat the infamous smell.

Michael Eavis has even said that, 43 years since the first Glastonbury, they have finally found “the perfect loo”.

To mark the resurrection of the festival after a year off, a giant phoenix has been installed on top of the Pyramid stage, designed by Joe Rush, who was behind many of the mechanical vehicles and props used at the Paralympics closing ceremony.

Indeed one of them – a steamship on which singer Rihanna performed – can be found at the festival this year.

Other highlights fans can expect are appearances from Primal Scream, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Smashing Pumpkins, Elvis Costello, The xx, Public Enemy, Professor Green and Dizzee Rascal.

As ever, the Glastonbury Festival is also offering some more unusual acts alongside the chart toppers – with Bruce Forsyth playing on the Avalon Stage on Sunday, country star Kenny Rogers taking to the Pyramid Stage the same day, and the Dalai Lama’s Tibetan monks also making an appearance.

The unlikely combination of shorts and wellies was the order of the day as temperatures rose during the afternoon, with ice cream vans and bars alike enjoying a roaring trade.

Many chose to enjoy the sun while sitting at the stone circle, overlooking the whole site, while others were still pouring in through the entrances.

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Not only their music has been making millions for 50 years, now the hair of Rolling Stones pair Mick Jagger and Keith Richards is also worth a fortune.

A lock of Mick Jagger’s hair is up for sale at auction house Bonhams next month with a guide price of between $2,400 and $3,000. Meanwhile, a clump of Keith Richards’s mop has just sold for $1,400.

Mick Jagger’s hair was snipped from his mane in the early 1960s and kept by relatives of one of his first girlfriends, Chrissie Shrimpton, a Covent Garden secretary he famously dated while a student at the London School of Economics.

Their romance marked a period when Mick Jagger lived with fellow Stone Keith Richards in Mapesbury Road, Kilburn, and then Holly Hill, Hampstead. Chrissie Shrimpton, sister of model Jean Shrimpton, lived with the two rockers.

The lovers got engaged and moved into a mansion block in Regent’s Park before Sir Mick – just plain old Mick Jagger back then – backed away and they split up without reaching the altar.

The guide price for the lock of hair is between $2,400 and $3,000. It is among a large collection of music and movie memorabilia, amassed from different sources, being sold by the famous auction house in Knightsbridge.

Not only their music has been making millions for 50 years, now the hair of Rolling Stones pair Mick Jagger and Keith Richards is also worth a fortune

Not only their music has been making millions for 50 years, now the hair of Rolling Stones pair Mick Jagger and Keith Richards is also worth a fortune

The brown hair comes in “a small paper envelope” with a statement of provenance to reassure doubters.

Bonhams’ catalogue guide says: “The statement from Chrissie Shrimpton confirms that, unbeknown to her at the time, this lock was saved by her grandmother when Mick and Chrissie were staying at her parents’ farm.

“Apparently, on her grandmother’s death, the hair passed to Chrissie’s aunt.

“When she died, the hair was returned to Chrissie by a cousin taking care of personal effects.”

Money raised from the sale of the hair will go to Changing Faces, a charity which supports people with disfigurements.

Also among the lots is an “automated” tweeting birdcage which Mick Jagger gave to Chrissie Shrimpton on her 21st birthday. The relationship with Chrissie Shrimpton, now 67, ran from 1963 to 1966. The auction in Knightsbridge is on July 3.

The clump of Keith Richards’s hair was cut from his head by 16-year-old fan Maggie Richardson in the Stones’ dressing room in Preston, Lancashire, in 1964.

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The Rolling Stones opened their North American 50 and Counting tour in Los Angeles on Friday in a packed house, but only after websites slashed ticket prices and the band released additional cheap seats at the last minute.

The 17-date tour is the Rolling Stones’ biggest in six years and follows a handful of dates in London, Paris and New York at the end of 2012 marking 50 years since they burst on to the music scene at London’s Marquee Club in 1962.

Only one week ago the band said it was slashing the ticket price of thousands of premium seats to avoid playing to half empty arenas.

The Rolling Stones opened their 50 and Counting tour in LA after being forced to slash ticket prices to ensure full houses

The Rolling Stones opened their 50 and Counting tour in LA after being forced to slash ticket prices to ensure full houses

“Total disaster, too expensive and no vibe,” a source told The Observer, adding the band could see their $20 million tour fee revised.

Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are each 69 years old, and Charlie Watts is 71, but they transformed into their younger selves for the night.

Sir Mick Jagger might not hit all the notes he once did, but he still busted out his almost spastic, serpentine dance moves on song after song. He’s impossibly thin, and his spine showed through the light shirt he wore.

Staples Center was packed to capacity for the concert, the first of 17 dates the Stones are set to play throughout the US.

The stage was modeled after the band’s iconic logo, with lips and teeth above the stage and a tongue-shaped platform that extended into the crowd.

A video of famous folks sharing their favorite Rolling Stones memories played before the band took the stage, with Johnny Depp, Martin Scorsese, Perry Farrell and others, reminiscing about their favorite tunes.

Actress Cate Blanchett recalled “just how skinny they were”.

“It really, really pisses me off,” she said.

Other videos showed the aging rockers as young men.

Jack Nicholson was among the stars in the audience, and fans welcomed him with a round of applause as he took his seat.

“It was either us or the Lakers, so now you got us,” Mick Jagger said early in the show, referring to the basketball playoffs that forced the band to postpone its opening concert from Thursday to Friday.

“It doesn’t matter to Jack Nicholson because he was coming to both of them,” Mick Jagger continued.

Jack Nicholson wasn’t the only star in the house. Gwen Stefani, wearing long blond hair and a bedazzled Rolling Stones tank top, joined the group onstage to sing Wild Horses.

“I’ve got to get one of these T-shirts,” Mick Jagger said, admiring her top.

Keith Urban played guitar and sang backup on Respectable.

Former Stones member Mick Taylor added guitar to Midnight Rambler.

Keith Richards sang a pair of tunes: Happy and Before They Make Me Run. Mick Jagger also played guitar and harmonica, and came out in a floor-length marabou cape to perform Sympathy for the Devil.

“We first played in LA in 1965,” Mick Jagger said.

“Thank you for keeping on coming to see us.”

The Rolling Stones’ tour continues through June 21.

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The last batch of tickets for Glastonbury Festival 2013 has sold out, organizers have announced today.

Weekend camping tickets went quickly in just over an hour, before coach packages were snapped up by festival-goers.

The festival’s Twitter feed apologized to people who missed out after “demand far outstripped supply”.

The Rolling Stones, Mumford and Sons and Arctic Monkeys will headline the event in June at Worthy Farm.

Fans could reserve up to four tickets, which cost £205 ($320) plus a booking fee, when the site opened at 09:00 BST.

The last batch of tickets for Glastonbury Festival 2013 has sold out

The last batch of tickets for Glastonbury Festival 2013 has sold out

Glastonbury Festival organizer Emily Eavis tweeted asking for feedback on the ticketing process which has been criticized in the past for not being able to cope with demand.

Tickets for the event, which had a break last year to rest the fields, cost £10 ($16) more than the previous festival.

The Rolling Stones, who play on the Saturday night, will be performing at the festival for the first time.

Lead singer Mick Jagger said he would call U2 singer Bono for advice about their upcoming performance, following the Irish band’s 2011 headline slot.

More than 190 acts will appear at the event, including country star Kenny Rogers, Primal Scream, Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds and Elvis Costello.

New acts Rita Ora and Jake Bugg will appear on the main Pyramid Stage alongside Rufus Wainwright and festival veteran Billy Bragg.

Glastonbury Festival 2013 takes place from 28 to 30 June.

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The Rolling Stones are to perform in London’s Hyde Park for the first time after 44 years.

Their outdoor concert will take place on July 6, a week after The Rolling Stones’ first appearance at the Glastonbury festival.

The Rolling Stones famously played in the Hyde Park just two days after death of guitarist Brian Jones in July 1969.

The Rolling Stones are to perform in London's Hyde Park for the first time after 44 years

The Rolling Stones are to perform in London’s Hyde Park for the first time after 44 years

At the first Hyde Park gig, a legendary free concert for an estimated 250,000 people in 1969, Mick Jagger wore a white dress on stage and read a Percy Bysshe Shelley poem dedicated to Brian Jones. Thousands of butterflies were then released into the air.

Unlike in 1969, this year’s show will not be free – but ticket prices have not been announced. The group angered some fans when they charged up to £406 for shows at the O2 arena last year.

The Hyde Park show – part of Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time Hyde Park – will come a week after The Rolling Stones headline the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury.

Sir Mick Jagger, 69, said he would phone U2 singer Bono for advice following the Irish band’s 2011 performance.

“<<Don’t do it!>> might be his advice, but it’s a bit late for that,” Mick Jagger joked.

“It is quite a difficult gig,” he added.

“U2 had terrible weather and that didn’t help. You have to learn from their experiences.”

Bono later said U2 gave a disappointing performance at the festival because they were “a bit freaked out” by the conditions and the singer wore the “wrong shoes” for the stage.

The Rolling Stones have also announced a North American tour, beginning in May, but with more recovery time between gigs than in previous years.

“You gotta pace yourself,” Mick Jagger said.

“We have enough time before we come back to England, so we’ll be well recovered.”

But he said the group had no current plans to tour the rest of the world.

The Rolling Stones will be supported in Hyde Park in July by The Vaccines, The Temper Trap and Gary Clark Jr.

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The Rolling Stones are to play as one of the three headline acts for the Glastonbury Festival 2013, taking place on the final weekend of June (28-30).

It will be the first time the Rolling Stones have played at the festival at Worthy Farm, Somerset, which will draw about 135,000 people.

The other headline acts at the festival are Mumford and Sons and the Arctic Monkeys.

The Rolling Stones will be performing on the Saturday night – the penultimate night.

Mick Jagger tweeted: “Can’t wait to play Glastonbury. I have my wellies and my yurt!”

The Rolling Stones are to play as one of the three headline acts for the Glastonbury Festival 2013, taking place on the final weekend of June

The Rolling Stones are to play as one of the three headline acts for the Glastonbury Festival 2013, taking place on the final weekend of June

Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts was not held last year because of the Olympics and to allow the farmland to recover from the previous festival.

The full line-up, announced on the official website includes Primal Scream, Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds and Elvis Costello, with chart acts such as Professor Green and Dizzee Rascal also appearing.

Surprises among the 190 acts include country star Kenny Rogers, who is among the figures playing the main Pyramid Stage.

Also appearing on the Pyramid will be Rita Ora, Jake Bugg, Rufus Wainwright and festival veteran Billy Bragg.

Names on the Other Stage include Portishead – almost 20 years after they released their debut album Dummy – along with Smashing Pumpkins, Mercury Prize-winners Alt-J and John Lydon’s band PiL. The XX, The Lumineers, Alabama Shakes and Foals are included on the bill.

Elsewhere on the huge site in Somerset will be performances by 1970s disco pioneers Chic, Tom Tom Club, rap stalwarts Public Enemy, Dinosaur Jr., The Horrors and Johnny Marr.

Glastonbury 2013 is already a sell-out but there will be some resales next month.

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Lizzy Jagger, daughter of rock legend Mick Jagger and supermodel Jerry Hall, is the face of the new Skiny campaign – her second season with the cult Austrian intimates brand.

Lizzy Jagger, 28, joins a host of international supermodels who have also fronted Skiny campaigns through its 26 year history, including Naomi Campbell, Helena Christensen and Laetitia Casta.

Showcasing underwear and loungewear, Lizzie Jagger shot the campaign in South Africa and the whole of the collection is based around the Out of Africa/safari vibe, under the tag line “Who Scares?”.

Lizzie Jagger modeled from Playboy in 2011 and just a few months ago got naked with a fish to highlight unsustainable fishing.

But the model hasn’t been pushed to her limits yet.

Lizzy Jagger is the face of the new Skiny campaign

Lizzy Jagger is the face of the new Skiny campaign

The “Who Scares?” campaign sees Lizzy Jagger and her fellow models riding zebras, fearlessly facing rhinos and bumping along dirt tracks in a four wheel drive.

The Skiny brand labels itself as “playful and fresh” and “with a great sense of fun”. The underwear is made of cotton with statement prints, basic colors and bold brights.

The brand values good shaping and incorporate “smooth, seamless and shapely designs” for “the ultimate T shirt bras”.

They also incorporate loungewear into the collection, reworking cotton basics with new prints and bold colourways.

Talking about the brand and products, Lizzy Jagger said: “It’s just my kind of underwear – pretty, sexy, comfortable, versatile and well made.

“Also Skiny uses a lot of natural fabrics, which is important to me.”

Regarding her friends and family’s reactions to the pictures, Lizzy Jagger said: “My friends, my sister Georgia and my mum think they are really cheeky.”

Skiny is available on Amazon and swimwear will be launching later in the year.

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With the best will in the world, the Landestheater in the Austrian city of Linz is not exactly Madison Square Garden.

But for the past four months, this unlikely venue has been a home-from-home for Marianne Faithfull, who is performing here as the lead singer in the Bertolt Brecht-Kurt Weill ballet The Seven Deadly Sins.

And rather than being put up in a plush hotel during her stay, Sixties pop singer Marianne Faithfull has been bunking down in a tiny flat in a nearby tower block to save money.

“Marianne has become part of the community here,” says the theatre’s secretary, Susanne Kuffner.

“You sometimes see her walking around town like a grandma.

“Occasionally, someone will recognize her and ask her to sign an album or a picture from the Sixties and she will stop and talk to them.

“We let her use a little flat that is owned by the theatre because it’s cheaper than a hotel. And because we are state-funded, this is not the place performers come to get rich.”

All in all, it is not, one suspects, what Marianne Faithfull, who turned 66 last week, envisaged her later years would hold when she was the lusted-after poster-girl of the flower power generation – and was dating the most lusted-after poster boy, Mick Jagger.

Certainly, her current plight, scratching a living in one of the more unglamorous corners of Europe, is in glaringly harsh contrast to the exalted position of her Rolling Stone ex.

At the same time as Marianne Faithfull was appearing in front of a few hundred people on stage last month, Mick Jagger was personally earning £4 million ($6 million) for a handful of sell-out concerts in London and America to celebrate his band’s 50th anniversary, with tickets changing hands at £1,000 ($1,500) a time.

But then, the intervening 40-plus years have hardly been kind to Marianne Faithfull. There have been desperate battles with drugs, failed marriages, a fight against cancer and money worries.

Marianne Faithfull, who dated Mick Jagger for 4 years until 1970, admits she has not saved for her old age and must continue to work.

Sometimes it has been a struggle. Recently, during her theatre run, she suffered a severe cold, but muddled through, coughing and looking unsteady. And during an ovation, one of her backing dancers, young men dressed only in skimpy leather shorts, had to support her to make sure she did not fall.

Of all Mick Jagger’s women, Marianne Faithfull, perhaps, has had the furthest fall from grace. But, as she admitted in a candid magazine interview this week, it could all have been so different today if she had stayed with Mick Jagger.

She says she blames the collapse of their relationship and her subsequent spectacular downfall on the events of one night in February, 1967 – the night when Marianne Faithfull and Mick Jagger were caught up in the notorious drugs bust at Redlands, the country home of Mick’s Rolling Stones bandmate Keith Richards.

What happened there has since gone down in the annals of rock ’n’ roll mythology and, according to Marianne Faithfull, is the reason she is not with Mick Jagger today.

“That drugs raid really damaged me,” Marianne Faithfull told Q magazine.

“It damaged our relationship, and [four years later] I was living on the street as a drug addict. Do I blame anyone or anything for that? I do blame the Redlands thing, yes.”

Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were arrested, eventually receiving stiff jail sentences, which were later quashed – but overnight, Redlands turned Mick Jagger’s 20-year-old girlfriend into the most infamously scarlet women in the land.

There were tales of drugs galore and, famously, of Marianne Faithfull being discovered naked, save for the fur rug she was wrapped in – not to mention salacious rumors involving Marianne and a Mars bar.

So what really happened on that fateful night that Marianne Faithfull still blames for her downfall today?

Perhaps we should start a few weeks after the bust, when a notorious East End thug called David Litvinoff and another renowned London villain, John Bindon, arranged to meet one of the more colorful figures of the flower power generation for what they euphemistically called “a little chat”.

As was often the case, however, when the brutish duo came calling, there was precious little polite conversation on offer.

Instead, the man they had come to visit, Nicky Cramer – a rather fey member of the trendy Chelsea set with a taste for lurid make-up, who had attended the Redlands party – would spend much of the encounter being dangled by his ankles from the upstairs window of his flat, his garish robe billowing, like drying washing, around his ears.

The hard men had deployed their unrivalled powers of persuasion on Nicky Cramer in a bid to discover if he was the mole who tipped off police for the Redlands bust.

David Litvinoff, who as well as being an underworld enforcer was Mick Jagger’s pet gangster, had taken it upon himself to track down the police’s informant.

“After the bust, no one knew who had fingered them. David Litvinoff applied some of his East End methods to see who was culpable,” said eminent artist Nigel Waymouth, who is a long-time friend of Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithfull.

“Nicky was terrified because Litvinoff had a few dealings with the Kray brothers, helping them run their gambling joint on the King’s Road.”

In fact, after giving the terrified Nicky Cramer a thorough beating, David Litvinoff and John Bindon declared the poor chap innocent. The true informant was never found – but whoever they were they had trashed Marianne Faithfull’s image for good.

Her career as the sweet-voiced chanteuse, whose blonde, almost beatific looks, had beguiled Britain and the United States, never recovered from the scandal.

Don Rambridge, one of the surviving policemen, who was part of the search team that night, now retired and in his mid-70s, retains the policeman’s forensic memory for the events of nearly half a century ago.

And, once and for all, he can put an end to the infamous Mars bar story.

He was one of 18 Sussex officers acting on a tip-off that Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, plus five male friends and Marianne Faithfull – the lone female – were involved in a drugs party at the house at which “Sunshine”, a new form of LSD, was being taken.

But what they found was not exactly the scene of rabid excess that has since gone into rock ’n’ roll folklore.

“We knocked on the door and were allowed in and wandered around,” remembers Don Rambridge.

“There was no hassle and everyone was quite affable. The house was very garish and stank of incense and joss sticks. And Mick, Keith, Marianne and the others were just sitting around on the couch.

“She had just had a bath and was naked except for this fur rug she was wrapped in. The blokes who were on the raid with me talked about it afterwards and said: <<Cor, bloody hell. She had nothing on!>>.”

Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithfull in 1969

Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithfull in 1969

Indeed, after DC Don Rambridge had taken one of the other house guests, art dealer Robert Fraser, upstairs to search him, Marianne Faithfull – who herself was being led up the staircase by a WPC – suddenly declared “Search me”, let the rug drop, and stood naked in front of the astonished officers.

For their part, both Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, who had by then achieved world renown as the quintessential rock degenerates, were politeness itself.

“Mick and Keith were nice and no problem at all,” says Don Rambridge.

“They seemed well brought-up, bright young lads.”

And what of that notorious chocolate bar story? A myth, says the ex-detective.

“I think Marianne got a bit of a raw deal because what was being said about her was not true,” he says.

“I don’t know where the hell that stuff about a Mars bar came from. It was a shock to me and the other officers who were there.”

Mick Jagger, then 23, was charged with possession of four amphetamine “uppers” (the drugs actually belonged to Marianne Faithfull) and Keith Richards was accused of allowing his home to be used for drugs use.

At their trial in June 1967, Marianne Faithfull, who escaped prosecution, was referred to throughout as “Miss X”, although her identity – and the stories of her nakedness – was an open secret.

The convent-educated Marianne Faithfull had first been introduced to Mick Jagger by the Stones’ manager, Andrew Loog Oldham, who spotted the budding 18-year-old singer at a party in London and pronounced her “an angel with big t**s”.

Born plain Marian, she was from an eccentric family. Her father, Major Robert Glynn Faithfull, a British wartime spy, walked out when his daughter was six to join a commune.

Her mother, Baroness Eva Erisso, the descendent of a once-rich Austro-Hungarian aristocratic family, had been reduced to working as a bus clippy during Marianne Faithfull’s childhood in Reading.

Andrew Loog Oldham persuaded Mick Jagger and Keith Richards to write the hit As Tears Go By for Marianne Faithfull in 1964, but it would be two years before she began an affair with Mick.

In the meantime, Marianne Faithfull had a fling with the womanizing Stones guitarist Brian Jones and spent a night of passion with Keith Richards at the May Fair hotel in London.

Marianne Faithfull soon progressed to sleeping with Mick Jagger, despite the fact that she was married to gallery owner John Dunbar and had given birth to their son, Nicholas.
As would become a recurring theme in the predatory Mick Jagger’s romantic affiliations, the presence of another man did not put him off.

Despite her butter-wouldn’t-melt image, Marianne Faithfull was also already well known on London’s nascent drug scene.

While Mick Jagger never more than dabbled with hard drugs, Marianne Faithfull steadily progressed from cannabis to cocaine and eventually to heroin, with embarrassing consequences for the socially-ambitious Jagger.

At a lavish dinner, thrown in their honor by the Earl of Warwick at his castle, Marianne Faithfull passed out, face down in her soup after popping five Mandrax “downers”.

Marianne Faithfull fell pregnant, but the prospect of fatherhood did little to curb Mick Jagger’s already priapic ways.

He had a fling with Keith Richards’ beautiful Italian girlfriend Anita Pallenberg while they were appearing together in the graphically sexual 1968 film Performance (in retaliation for which Marianne Faithfull and Keith Richards slept together again).

Nonetheless, Marianne Faithfull and Mick Jagger made excited plans for the baby. They both wanted a girl and decided to call her Corrina.

But in November 1968, Marianne Faithfull suffered a miscarriage at seven months. The loss of the baby combined with Mick Jagger’s brazen infidelities, including rumors (well-founded as it transpired) that he was sleeping with black American singer Marsha Hunt, sent Marianne Faithfull into a tailspin.

Her drug use became increasingly self-destructive.

Critical mass was reached the following summer, when she and Mick Jagger flew to Sydney to film his next acting role, in the much-derided biopic Ned Kelly.

On her arrival at their hotel, Marianne Faithfull looked in the bathroom mirror and, in her drug-addled state, thought she saw the face of Stones guitarist Brian Jones looking back at her (Jones, a fellow drug addict, had been found dead in his swimming pool just days earlier).

After trying to throw herself out of the window of their 14th-floor suite only to find the heavy coat of paint had sealed the window, Marianne Faithfull swallowed 150 Tuinal barbiturates.

Mick Jagger found her and she was rushed to hospital where she remained in a coma for six days.

She was given the last rites by a Roman Catholic priest. While she lay at death’s door, the heartless Mick jagger had already begun filming scenes for the movie.

Her drug addiction continued to spiral. She took to having wraps of heroin delivered to London’s Roundhouse theatre where she was playing Ophelia in Hamlet in 1969.

The relationship limped on, but Marianne Faithfull, jealous over Mick Jagger’s ongoing affair with Marsha Hunt and continued rumors about his flirtation with Anita Pallenberg, began an affair with an Italian artist called Mario Schifano.

With his male pride bruised, Mick Jagger tracked the lovers down to the cottage he had bought for Marianne Faithfull’s mother in the village of Aldworth, Berkshire, and confronted them.

That night, Mick Jagger slept with Marianne Faithfull upstairs while the vanquished Mario Schifano – who was given his marching orders by her the following day – had to settle for the living room sofa.

But after four years together, the relationship finally imploded in 1970 and Marianne Faithfull moved out of the grand house she and Mick Jagger had shared in Cheyne Walk, Chelsea.

Her subsequent decline was swift and brutal. Now hopelessly addicted to heroin, she lost custody of her son Nicholas, and within months she was living on the street. She slept rough for two years in a seedy alley in Soho.

In interviews, Marianne Faithfull has said that even at her lowest ebb Jagger tried to get her back. Extraordinarily, she claims that she hacked off her blonde locks and put on three stone in weight to deter him.

However, Californian model Catherine James, who had soon taken over her role as Mick Jagger’s live-in girlfriend, remembers things differently.

“Marianne used to call Mick even though they had split up,” said Catherine James.

“She came over to the house when I was there. I certainly didn’t get the impression she was trying to get him to understand she didn’t want him anymore. I got the impression she very much wanted to see him.

“But Mick was never excited when she was coming over or when she called. She was very high on drugs and he wanted to get rid of her.”

His offhand treatment of her is classic Mick Jagger. Still in the grip of her addictions, Marianne Faithfull went on to marry punk rocker Ben Brierly in 1979, but the marriage ended in divorce seven years later.

In 1985, she checked into the Hazelden Clinic in Minnesota, whose previous patients have included Eric Clapton, in a bid to get clean.

But tragedy was never far away. She began a relationship with a fellow addict in rehab, American Howard Tose – only for him to throw himself to his death from the window of their 14th floor apartment in Boston after Marianne Faithfull announced she wanted to split up.

A third, brief marriage followed when Marianne Faithfull wed American writer Giorgio Della Terza in 1988. They divorced after three years.

Returning to music in the late Seventies, Marianne Faithfull has made a succession of often critically lauded albums and has dabbled with acting.

Now clean, Marianne Faithfull lives in a bohemian existence on a prestigious boulevard close to the British Consulate on the Right Bank of Paris and has another home in County Waterford, Ireland.

She has also resurrected her once broken relationship with her son, Nicholas, a financial journalist.

In 2009, Marianne Faithfull split from her lover of 15 years, Frenchman Francois Ravard, who still acts as her manager. He had helped nurse her through breast cancer treatment in 2005.

As she came around from surgery in a Parisian hospital, the phone ran at 2:00 a.m. and her ex Mick Jagger was on the line checking up on her.

She says: “This voice came on: <<Hello, Marian, how are you?>> I’d know that voice anywhere, and he’s the only one who ever called me Marian. We had a chat. It was lovely.”

Although they have met very occasionally, it was the first time in 35 years they had properly spoken on the phone.

This week, Marianne Faithfull was in a reflective mood, saying: “I could’ve stayed with Mick and he did love me, but I couldn’t bear it, that world. I just felt not good enough. Low self-esteem. All the things a drug addict feels.

“But I don’t think I would’ve felt like that if the drugs bust hadn’t happened. I think we would’ve been fine. Would we have been together today? I don’t know. Why not?”

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The Beatles, Mick Jagger and Robbie Williams are among the names being considered to appear on the new £10 banknote.

According to The Mirror, the Bank Of England has released a list of 150 great Britons who have been suggested by members of the public to be the face on one side of the new notes when they are printed.

They join a list that includes football star David Beckham, Princess Diana, literacy great William Shakespeare and wartime Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill, who could feature on the new series F notes.

The Beatles, Mick Jagger and Robbie Williams are among the names being considered to appear on the new £10 banknote

The Beatles, Mick Jagger and Robbie Williams are among the names being considered to appear on the new £10 banknote

Other suggestions include suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst, TV stars John Cleese, Michael Parkinson and Terry Wogan; scientists Stephen Hawking, Sir Alexander Fleming and current favorite WW2 codebreaker Alan Turing, who died aged 41 in 1954 after being prosecuted for being gay.
Last month, Robbie Williams scored a chart double as his ninth album Take The Crown and single Candy occupied both Number One spots. The last time he had similar success was back in December 2001 when he had a Number One single with Something Stupid, his cover of Carson and Gaile’s 1967 track featuring Nicole Kidman, and a Number One album with Swing When You’re Winning.
Last week, The Rolling Stones played the final show of their 50 And Counting run of gigs at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, where they were joined onstage by Lady Gaga for a rendition of Gimme Shelter.

Mick Jagger’s handwritten love letters to his former lover Marsha Hunt will go on the auction in London next month.

Marsha Hunt is an American-born singer who was the inspiration for Rolling Stones’ 1971 classic Brown Sugar and bore Mick Jagger’s first child, Karis.

Sotheby’s said Saturday that Marsha Hunt has tasked the auction house with selling 10 letters written from the set of Tony Richardson’s film Ned Kelly starring Mick Jagger, which was shooting in Australia.

Marsha Hunt, 66, said she decided to put the private correspondence under the hammer because she is “broke” and unable to pay her bills or make repairs to her home, according to ABC News.

“Someone, I hope, will buy those letters, as our generation is dying,” she said.

“And with us will go the reality of who we were and what life was.”

The singer, who lives in France, went on to say that the letters chronicling their “delicate love affair” that was kept secret until 1972 touch on subjects such as the first moon landing and John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

“When a serious historian finally examines how and why Britain’s boy bands affected international culture and politics, this well-preserved collection of Mick Jagger’s hand written letters will be a revelation,” Marsha Hunt said in a statement distributed by the auction house.

Marsha Hunt is an American-born singer who was the inspiration for Rolling Stones' 1971 classic Brown Sugar and bore Mick Jagger's first child, Karis

Marsha Hunt is an American-born singer who was the inspiration for Rolling Stones’ 1971 classic Brown Sugar and bore Mick Jagger’s first child, Karis

When asked by reporters if Mick Jagger agreed to having his letters sold off, Marsha Hunt said she didn’t think so, but added that the correspondence did not belong to him.

“This is Mick in his own words…This is part of English history, it is part of rock history, part of cultural history and it corrects all the misinformation,” she said, according to Rolling Stone.

Sotheby’s books specialist Gabriel Heaton said the letters sent in the summer of 1969 show a “poetic and self-aware” 25-year-old Mick Jagger, who wrote about the works of Emily Dickinson and meeting the author Christopher Isherwood.

In his letters, the rock star also touches upon the unraveling of his relationship with singer Marianne Faithful, whom he was also dating at the time, and the death of Rolling Stones’ guitarist Brian Jones.

“They provide a rare glimpse of Jagger that is very different from his public persona: passionate but self-contained, lyrical but with a strong sense of irony,” Gabriel Heaton said.

Sotheby’s said the collection, which includes song lyrics and a Rolling Stones playlist, is expected to fetch between $111,300 and $159,000 and will go under the hammer on December 12.

 

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Georgia May Jagger, the youngest daughter of Jerry Hall and Mick Jagger, recreated one of her mother’s most famous looks in a photo shoot for Glamour magazine.

With her blonde locks piled to one side and her enviable cheekbones on display, Georgia May Jagger, 20, looks exactly like her mother in a snap taken in 1993.

Both daughter and mother are seen in bright red ensembles, with matching bright lips, it is hard to deny that Georgia May Jagger has inherited some great genes.

In the magazine feature, Georgia May Jagger revealed how she envies her 56-year-old mother for “her big, beautiful brows”.

“That’s the thing I wish I had,” she said.

Georgia May Jagger is carving her very own successful modeling career and as seen storming the catwalk during London Fashion Week last month.

Georgia May Jagger recreated Jerry Hall’s most famous look in a photo shoot for Glamour magazine

Georgia May Jagger recreated Jerry Hall’s most famous look in a photo shoot for Glamour magazine

 

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The Rolling Stones have performed to 350 fans at Le Trabendo club in Paris after announcing a surprise gig on Twitter.

It was their first concert since 2007, and came ahead of 50th anniversary shows in London and New York.

Playing for almost an hour and a half, the band rattled through hits like It’s Only Rock and Roll and Brown Sugar.

“I can’t believe we’re all still standing up,” joked Mick Jagger.

“You’d think by now one or two of us would be sitting down, but we’re not.”

Tickets to the event at Le Trabendo club in Paris cost $18, selling out within minutes.

By contrast, seeing the band at London’s O2 Arena in November could set you back $625.

The Rolling Stones are in Paris to rehearse for those arena dates and tweeted that last night’s performance would be a “short warm-up gig”.

They played fan favorites including Route 66 and Miss You, as well as their latest single Doom and Gloom, which peaked at number 97 in the UK’s Official Singles Chart.

The Rolling Stones have performed to 350 fans at Le Trabendo club in Paris after announcing a surprise gig on Twitter

The Rolling Stones have performed to 350 fans at Le Trabendo club in Paris after announcing a surprise gig on Twitter

Fans Don Device and Robert Blalack were amongst the crowd.

“It seemed like it was their fifth or sixth performance, they still had the enthusiasm and the thrill of enjoying the audience reaction, even after 50 years,” said Robert Blalack.

“Actually, after tonight, I think that they have got a long time in front of them,” added Don Device.

“They were much more tight [tonight]. I saw them for the first time in 1979 – worst concert I have ever seen. Tonight – amazing! I saw younger men tonight than I saw in 1979.”

Le Trabendo has previously hosted famous names including Metallica, Arctic Monkeys and the Neptunes. But the Rolling Stones are the biggest band to perform there.

The venue has a capacity for 700 people and the crowd was also made up of the band’s friends and colleagues from the music industry.

“We really lucked out,” said one fan from San Francisco, who had secured a ticket because her husband’s former boss works for the Rolling Stones.

“I have seen them before, but it has been in larger arenas with 40 thousand people, and [in] such a small club it was incredible. They played all the hits. Brown Sugar was still my favorite.”

Johan Anssens said he had waited in the cold for three and a half hours to buy his $18 ticket after he read about the gig on Twitter.

He said he didn’t feel sorry for fans in Britain and the United States, who are being charged much steeper prices for the band’s 50th anniversary tour dates.

“I don’t have a job so I wouldn’t be able to go if I had to pay the same price as in London,” he said.

“But here I could afford it, so I think it is very democratic. I love the Rolling Stones and I had an amazing night.”

Some fans said that they had got in for free after organizers granted last-minute entry to those who had been unsuccessful queuing for tickets earlier in the day.

“They let about fifty extra people in, of all ages, and we did some very loud clapping!” said one man, who was wearing a backstage pass.

“Don’t worry, I don’t work for the Stones, I picked this up on the floor as a memento!” he laughed.

Guitarist Ronnie Wood had earlier hinted that the band could perform in Paris.

He told NME magazine that there were “going to be little club gigs that we’re gonna surprise ourselves to do as well…I don’t know who we’ll be billed as but we’ll turn up somewhere and put a few to the test. Tiny, 200, 300 people kind of places”.

There will be a second private gig on Monday funded by investment company Carmignac Gestion for their employees.

Fans at last nights gig said there were already rumors of further possible concerts in the French capital next week as the band continue to prepare for their major shows.

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The Rolling Stones have announced four concerts in London and Newark at the end of the year.

The band will play London’s O2 Arena on 25 and 29 November and at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey on 13 and 15 December.

Reports of a possible tour to mark The Rolling Stones’ 50th anniversary had been circulating for a number of years.

Tickets for the UK gigs go on sale on Friday, with the New Jersey tickets on sale next Friday.

Pre-sale tickets for the UK dates are already available with prices ranging from £106 – £406 ($165-$635) including ticket fees.

Making the announcement in a video on YouTube, the band said: “You must have guessed this was coming.

“Surely you didn’t think we weren’t going to do this? Soon we will be back on stage playing for you in two cities that know how to rock and roll.”

Mick Jagger suggested there could be some special guests at the shows, saying there would be “maybe a few friends joining us”.

Fans can also expect a stage based on the band’s ubiquitous tongue and lips logo.

The news comes as the band release a new single, Doom and Gloom.

Mick Jagger said: “It was written very quickly and the band seemed to like it.

“It was a quick recording session. We recorded two songs – the other one is called One More Shot.”

The singer also appeared to hint that the four new dates could be the start of a longer run of gigs at a later point.

Prior to the announcement, when asked how many shows the band would be performing, Mick Jagger replied: “It’s not going to be a long tour, the first bit.”

The Rolling Stones’ last world tour, A Bigger Bang, played to 4.5 million people in 32 countries over two years before it finished in London in 2007.

With ticket sales of $558 million, it was the most profitable tour of all time, until it was eclipsed by U2’s 360 tour last year.

Despite high ticket prices, Scott Rowley, the editor-in-chief of Classic Rock magazine, said fans would still pay out to see the band.

“They’ll do it because they haven’t seen them in so long, and there’s a suggestion it could be the last time they tour,” he said.

“People have got used to paying outlandish fees for things like Olympics and football tickets – and demand far outweighs the number of seats available.”

Scott Rowley said if a full tour schedule is later announced, it could eclipse its previous record.

He said he had seen reports the band are to receive “$25 million just for these four gigs”.

“That works out to an hourly rate of $781,250 if split equally for a two-hour show,” he said.

“Rock bands still have the reputations that draw generations. You hear their songs on TV and the radio and it’s everywhere.”

“These songs may have been written when they were 20 years old, but it’s still exciting rock music.”