The Rolling Stones Return To O2 Arena

...and bring along Eric Clapton, Florence Welch
Mick Jagger

The Rolling Stones returned to the O2 Arena last night (November 29th) for the second of their '50 And Counting' shows.

In a year dominated by enormous, set piece sporting events, the return of The Rolling Stones is something to cherish. Reaching the ripe old age of 50, the group organised a series of concerts on both sides of the Atlantic.

Confirming plans for two shows at the O2 Arena, tickets sold out almost instantly. The first concert took place on Sunday, and witnessed the return of former members Mick Taylor and Bill Wyman to the Rolling Stones fold. Last night The Rolling Stones returned to the O2 Arena, with the band once again inviting a number of guests onstage.

Original bass player Bill Wyman joined the show, while Mick Taylor again added his guitar to 'Midnight Rambler'. Florence Welch was on hand to take Merry Clayton's part during 'Gimme Shelter'. Wearing a stunning velvet dress, the singer was able to match the compressed emotion of Clayton's much loved original vocal.

Opening with 'Get Off My Cloud' the band then went into Lennon & McCartney penned single 'I Wanna Be Your Man'. Speaking to the crowd, Mick Jagger said: "blimey that's an old song. It's ancient. Back then, the price of a pint of milk was three pence, the price of a loaf of bread was sixpence and the price of a concert ticket was... I'd better not go there..."

Later, Mick Jagger spoke of his connection to the Greenwich area. "It's close to where Keith and I grew up in Dartford, but it seems a long way from exchanging records at the station" he told the crowd. "Have you still got that Bo Diddly record Keith?"

Eric Clapton appeared onstage to add his guitar to the blues standard 'Champagne And Reefer' - also recorded by Muddy Waters, whose son Mud Morganfield actually dropped past the Clash Magazine office earlier this week.

The encore saw the band joined by a choir for 'You Can't Always Get What You Want' before ending on 'Jumping Jack Flash' and 'Satisfaction'.

Set list:

'Get Off My Cloud'
'I Wanna Be Your Man'
'This Could Be The Last Time'
'Paint It Black'
'Gimme Shelter'
'Lady Jane'
'Champagne And Reefer'
'Live With Me'
'Miss You'
'One More Shot'
'Doom And Gloom'
'Honky Tonk Woman'
'Before They Make Me Run'
'Happy'
'Midnight Rambler'
'Start Me Up'
'Tumbling Dice'
'Brown Sugar'
'Sympathy For The Devil
'You Can't Always Get What You Want' 
'Jumping Jack Flash'

Satisfaction'

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