Tens of thousands of Cubans have attended The Rolling Stones concert in Havana, where most foreign rock music was banned for several decades.
Many of those at the free concert were lifelong fans who for years had to keep quiet about their love of the Stones and other groups.
Mick Jagger welcomed fans in Spanish before opening the performance with the 1968 hit Jumpin’ Jack Flash.
The Stones’ concert comes days after a historic visit by President Barack Obama.
Tens of thousands of Cubans queued for hours to get into the grounds of Havana’s huge 450,000-capacity Ciudad Deportiva venue.
The band swept through 18 songs in a two-hour gig, including Sympathy for the Devil and Satisfaction.
The gig is being seen as another sign of real change on the island. Until about 15 years ago Cuba’s communist government banned most Western rock and pop music, which was deemed decadent and subversive.
Fans traveled from many parts of Cuba and other countries to witness what some described as a historic moment.
The Rolling Stones released a short video saying their concert was a sign of change in Cuba.
“Time changes everything. So we’re very pleased to be here,” said Mick Jagger.
“It would have been surprising for this to happen 10 years ago.”
Cuban authorities said they expected at least half a million people to watch the Stones’ first concert in Cuba.
Jumpin’ Jack Flash
It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll (But I Like It)
Out of Control
All Down the Line
Paint It Black
Honky Tonk Women
You Got the Silver
Before They Make Me Run
Start Me Up
Sympathy for the Devil
Encores: You Can’t Always Get What You Want. (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction
The Rolling Stones have surprised fans by performing the entire Sticky Fingers album at Fonda Theater in Los Angeles ahead of their stadium tour.
The show at the Fonda Theatre marked next month’s reissue of the 1971 classic album.
The Rolling Stones are re-releasing Sticky Fingers album along with previously unreleased material and alternative re-workings of beloved album tracks.
Sticky Fingers captured The Rolling Stones at the peak of their powers and features timeless tracks such as Brown Sugar, Wild Horses,Sister Morphine and Dead Flowers, and will be reissued in a variety of formats on June 8/9.
The audience on May 20 included Jack Nicholson, Bruce Willis, Harry Styles, Leonard Cohen and Patricia Arquette.
The concert at the 1,300-capacity venue sold out instantly.
Mick Jagger told the audience: “So this is our first show of our tour.
“Tonight we’re doing something we’ve never done before… we’re going to do the whole of Sticky Fingers.”
The band played for an hour and a half, and used its encore to pay tribute to the blues guitar legend BB King, who died last week.
The Rolling Stones kick off their North American Zip Code tour in San Diego on May 24.
R&B singer and songwriter Don Covay has died in a New York hospital at the age of 76.
His songs were performed by the Rolling Stones, Otis Redding and Aretha Franklin.
Don Covay’s daughter, Ursula, confirmed the singer’s death to The Washington Post.
He died in a New York hospital earlier this week from complications following a stroke.
Don Covay gave Aretha Franklin one of her biggest hits with Chain of Fools in 1968, a song he had written 15 years earlier.
His singing style also influenced Mick Jagger, as seen in the Rolling Stones cover of his song Mercy Mercy.
Don Covay started out in music in a gospel group with his siblings at school, before joining doo-wop group Rainbows.
While trying to make it as a solo artist and singer-songwriter he spent time as Little Richard’s chauffeur and warm-up act.
Don Covay’s first chart hit came in 1961 with Pony Time. The track, however, became an even bigger hit when Chubby Checker recorded his own version a year later in 1962, topping the pop and R&B charts.
This pattern continued with his song Mercy Mercy, which he recorded in 1964 with a then-unknown Jimi Hendrix on guitar, which went into the top 40.
A year later the Rolling Stones recorded their own version for their album Out of Our Heads, causing many to point out the similarity in singing styles between Mick Jagger and Don Covay.
While working as a songwriter at the Brill Building in New York, Don Covay wrote for artists including Gladys Knight and the Pips, Wilson Pickett and Solomon Burke.
He was also part of the short-lived group the Soul Clan which featured Burke, Joe Tex, Ben E King and Arthur Conley.
His work has been covered by a wide variety of artists including Gene Vincent, Connie Francis, Steppenwolf, Bobby Womack and the Small Faces.
Don Covay suffered a stroke in 1992 and a year later stars including Ronnie Wood, Iggy Pop and Todd Rundgren produced a tribute album entitled Back to the Streets: Celebrating the Music of Don Covay.
After a gap of 23 years, Don Covay released his last album Ad Lib in 2000, which featured Rolling Stones guitarists Ronnie Woods and Keith Richards, Bad Company vocalist Paul Rodgers, Wilson Pickett, Syl Johnson and Huey Lewis.
The Rolling Stones band is facing a battle to win a $12.7 million insurance claim for the concerts they postponed when Mick Jagger’s girlfriend. L’Wren Scott, died.
L’Wren Scott took her own life in March 2014, prompting the Stones to postpone a tour of Australia and New Zealand.
The group had taken out a policy to be paid in the event shows were cancelled due to the death of family members or others, including L’Wren Scott.
However, underwriters say L’Wren Scott’s death may not be covered by the policy.
In denying the claim, they say L’Wren Scott might have been suffering from a pre-existing mental illness which could invalidate the policy.
The 12 underwriters have now won permission to seek evidence in Utah – the state where L’Wren Scott was born and raised – about the fashion designer’s mental health.
A federal judge has allowed the underwriters to gather testimony and documents from L’Wren Scott’s brother, Randall Bambrough.
L’Wren Scott took her own life in March 2014, prompting the Stones to postpone a tour of Australia and New Zealand
Randall Bambrough told the AP news agency that he did not know about the court case naming him and had not been contacted to provide information about his sister.
According to documents filed in the court case, Mick Jagger was “diagnosed as suffering from acute traumatic stress disorder” after L’Wren Scott’s death, and was advised by doctors not to perform for at least 30 days.
The Rolling Stones began a new tour of Australia and New Zealand at the end of last month.
However, they had to cancel their Melbourne concert on November 8 after Mick Jagger developed a throat infection.
Mick Jagger, 71, is under strict doctor’s orders to rest his vocal cords, according to an official statement.
The Rolling Stones is due to play in Sydney on November 12.
All fans who purchased tickets through Ticketmaster will receive a refund for the Melbourne show, according to the organizers.
The Rolling Stones returned to the stage in Oslo for their first show since the death of L’Wren Scott in March.
Playing to a sold-out crowd of 23,000 at Oslo’s Telenor Arena, Mick Jagger did not mention his late girlfriend L’Wren Scott, but said he was happy to be back on the stage.
The Rolling Stones returned to the stage in Oslo for their first show since the death of L’Wren Scott (photo CBS News)
“We first played Oslo in June 1965,” he said.
“We played nine songs – we’ve played more than that already!”
The two-hour set included hits such as Satisfaction and Brown Sugar.
In March, The Rolling Stones interrupted their tour and later rescheduled all their Australia and New Zealand tour dates following the news that L’Wren Scott – Mick Jagger’s partner since 2001 – had committed suicide.
The 14 On Fire tour continues in Portugal on Thursday, where the band headline the Rock In Rio festival.
Concerts in Switzerland, Israel and the Netherlands follow, while the rescheduled Australian and New Zealand dates beginning in Adelaide on October 25.
The Rolling Stones have decided to call off their Australia and New Zealand tour after the death of Mick Jagger’s girlfriend L’Wren Scott.
L’Wren Scott, 49, was found dead in her New York flat on Monday in an apparent suicide.
Mick Jagger earlier said he failed “to understand how my lover and best friend could end her life in this tragic way”.
In a statement on their website, The Rolling Stones thanked fans for their support.
They said: “The Rolling Stones are deeply sorry and disappointed to announce the postponement of the rest of their 14 On Fire tour of Australia and New Zealand following the death of L’Wren Scott.
The Rolling Stones have decided to call off their Australia and New Zealand tour after the death of Mick Jagger’s girlfriend L’Wren Scott
“Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood wish to thank all of their fans for their support at this difficult time and hope that they will fully understand the reason for this announcement.
“The Rolling Stones are planning to reschedule these postponed shows at a later date.”
The Rolling Stones had been due to begin the tour in Perth on Wednesday, having flown in to the Western Australian city on Sunday.
On his website, Mick Jagger, who started dating Scott in 2001, said they had spent “many wonderful years together”.
L’Wren Scott was found by her assistant at 10:00 a.m. local time on Monday.
Ninety minutes earlier, L’Wren Scott had sent her assistant a text message asking her to come to her Manhattan apartment, without specifying the reason why, the Associated Press news agency reported.
Police said there was no sign of foul play and no note has been found.
The Rolling Stones had planned to perform five concerts in Sydney, Melbourne, Macedon and Brisbane before flying to Auckland, New Zealand, for the final show on April 5.
Ticket holders for the affected shows have been advised to keep hold of their tickets and await further information.
The Rolling Stones’ On Fire tour is scheduled to move to Europe in June, with concerts planned for the Netherlands, Germany, Italy and Belgium.
The Rolling Stones have cancelled a Perth concert – the first date of their On Fire tour in Australia- following the death of Mick Jagger’s girlfriend L’Wren Scott.
L’Wren Scott was found dead in her New York apartment on Monday, in an apparent suicide.
The Rolling Stones were due to play in Perth on Wednesday. Their promoter said no further information was available.
They are scheduled to play five more concerts in Australia. The next is due to take place on March 25 in Sydney.
Ticket holders for Wednesday’s gig were being asked to hold on to their tickets until a further update is available.
L’Wren Scott, 49, was found by her assistant at 10:00 a.m. on Monday.
Her long-term partner, Mick Jagger, was “completely shocked and devastated” by her death.
The Rolling Stones have cancelled the first date of their On Fire tour in Australia following the death of Mick Jagger’s girlfriend L’Wren Scott
The Rolling Stones are due to perform in Melbourne and Macedon later this month before playing two dates in Brisbane and Auckland, New Zealand, in April.
The On Fire tour is then scheduled to move to Europe in June, with concerts planned for the Netherlands, Germany, Italy and Belgium.
Mick Jagger, 70, began dating L’Wren Scott in 2001.
On Monday night, a spokeswoman for Mick Jagger issued a statement to deny a report that he had recently ended his relationship with the designer.
“The story in the New York Post re a split between Mick Jagger and L’Wren Scott is 100% untrue,” said his spokeswoman, Victoria Scarfone.
“There is absolutely no basis in fact to this story. It is a horrible and inaccurate piece of gossip during this very tragic time for Mick.”
Naomi Campbell, Vogue editor Anna Wintour and singer Madonna were among those who were fans of the fashion designer.
L’Wren Scott was found dead by her assistant 90 minutes after sending her a text message asking her to come to her Manhattan apartment without specifying why, the Associated Press news agency reported.
Police said there was no sign of foul play and no note was found.
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
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.”
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
“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.
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
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.
The Rolling Stones returned to the London stage on Sunday night in the first of five concerts to celebrate their 50th anniversary.
Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood were joined by their original bass player Bill Wyman at the 02 Arena.
Music critics hailed the rockers’ return a success.
Reviews of the gig described the band as “still leading the pack” and “at the cutting edge of pop”.
“They have a combined age of 273, but the four Stones remain an extraordinary live proposition,” John Aizlewood wrote in the Evening Standard.
“Jagger, camp and louche, was a preening but energetic peacock; Richards was as cool as a man sporting a red hairband and turquoise jacket could possibly be; Ronnie Wood was a chirpy mascot and that ocean of serenity Charlie Watts showed the tiniest of drumkits can make the biggest noise,” he said.
Guest stars included Mick Taylor – was originally in the Stones from 1969 to 1974 – who played lead guitar on Midnight Rambler.
Mary J. Blige also duetted with Sir Mick Jagger on Give Me Shelter.
“It’s amazing that we’re still doing this, and it’s amazing that you’re still buying our records and coming to our shows,” the frontman said.
“Thank you, thank you, thank you.”
Mick Jagger also joked about the controversial price of the concert’s tickets.
“How are you doing up in the cheap seats?” he asked fans in the upper rows.
“Except they’re not cheap seats, that’s the problem.”
The Rolling Stones returned to the London stage on Sunday night in the first of five concerts to celebrate their 50th anniversary
The show began with a brief video tribute from stars including Sir Elton John, Iggy Pop and Johnny Depp.
The band played 23 songs including some of their rarely-played early numbers such as It’s All Over Now and their cover version of the Beatles’ I Wanna Be Your Man.
They also showed a video montage of their big influences such as Muddy Waters, Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash.
The Independent described Sir Mick Jagger as being “in good voice” and “impressively strident” in the opening song.
Reviewer Andy Gill was also positive about the guest appearances of Wyman, who he described as “stolid as ever” on It’s Only Rock’n’Roll and Honky Tonk Women, and Mick Taylor, whose “stinging lead lines” on Midnight Rambler combined well with the rest of the band.
“For seven minutes or so, the years fall away and it seems as if the group were still at the cutting edge of pop – something their two new numbers, sadly, never quite manage,” he said.
Writing in The Guardian, Alexis Petridis said the show was “liberally flecked with moments” which were “about more than mere nostalgia, where the band seems to suddenly hit its stride, when well-worn material comes alive”.
“Keith Richards’ Before They Make Me Run arrives with its screw-you swagger intact,” he added.
The band also played classics such as Paint It Black and Jumping Jack Flash, but they didn’t get to perform Satisfaction as they ran out of time.
Still, fans were happy with the performance.
“It was pretty special. It’s not very often you get to see something like that. It was incredible,” said one.
Another man who travelled from Australia for the concert said it was “amazing”.
“Mick Taylor… What a genius,” he added.
Music critic Neil McCormick said the music sounded as good as it did when he first started going to gigs in the early 1980s.
“They really did seem happy to be there,” he said.
“There were many moments when they went completely mad.”
The series of gigs marks 50 years since the band first appeared in a small London club determined to pay homage to the masters of American blues.
There will be one more concert in London on Thursday, followed by one in Brooklyn, New York, and two in Newark, New Jersey.
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 Rockand 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
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.
It was reported that the Rolling Stones will play a farewell gig at next year’s Glastonbury Festival.
It is believed Mick Jagger, 68, Keith Richards, 68, Ronnie Wood, 65 and Charlie Watts, 71, will all play on the Pyramid stage during the coveted Sunday night headline slot after talks with organizer Michael Eavis.
This will be the first and only time the band perform at the famous Somerset festival which attracts up to 175,000 fans every year.
According to sources it will be the final date in only a handful of shows which will take place in Britain and America in 2013.
The famous rock group were due to tour this year for their 50th anniversary.
The Rolling Stones will play a farewell gig at next year's Glastonbury Festival
However, according to Rolling Stone magazine the anniversary tour was delayed because of Keith Richards’s health and his ability to make it through a full tour.
In April 2006, while on holiday in Fiji, the guitarist suffered a head injury and many fans commented that his performance during Martin Scorsese’s Shine a Light documentary was often inaudible.
It is now believed the band will not do a full world tour as planned and will only do a number of shows across the UK and America.
A source told the Sunday Mirror: “All four members have agreed that next year is the right time to have one final hurrah and put on the gig of their lives.
“It’s a case of now or never, and obviously Glastonbury is the most important festival on the circuit.”
Rumors of the band playing at the festival has often circulated over the years.
Michael Eavis has also previously expressed how The Rolling Stones, Dolly Parton and Led Zeppelin would be his dream bookings.
He was unavailable to comment on whether he had finally been successful in his bid.
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