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The Rolling Stones celebrate 60 years since their first London gig at the Hyde Park Festival

British Summer Time Festival – London

The Rolling Stones have celebrated 60 years since their very first show at London’s Marquee Club with an outdoor performance at a festival in the capital.

Sir Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood returned to the Great Oak stage for British Summer Time in Hyde Park.

They were joined again by Steve Jordan on drums, following the death of drummer Charlie Watts last year.

The legendary rockers performed a 19-song set as part of their Sixty UK and European tour.

British Summer Time Festival – London
Mick Jagger performing at the British Summer Time festival (Ian West/PA)

As with all dates on the tour, the Stones opened their set with a tribute video to drummer Watts.

They then kicked off the show with Street Fighting Man, followed by 19th Nervous Breakdown.

Sir Mick, who recently recovered from Covid, appeared healthy and in good spirits as he started his performance in black skinny jeans, a floral jacket and a black sequinned shirt.

He told a cheering crowd, “It’s nice to be here. In 1962 we met a Wembley drummer named Charlie Watts.

“And sadly, this is the first time we’ve come to London without him. So we’d like to dedicate this show to Charlie.

The Stones performed classics like Miss You, You Can’t Always Get What You Want and (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.

Sir Mick later thanked the crowd for traveling to London, despite rail strikes, which brought Britain’s rail network to a standstill for the third day this week.

He said, “Are you feeling okay? It’s great to be back in London. I know coming here has not been easy. I really want to thank the effort you have made for all to get here.

“And I want to welcome anyone from out of town, like the Midlands, I know people are from the north of England and people are from overseas.”

Ahead of a powerful performance by Paint It Black, Sir Mick also reminded the crowd: “It’s been almost 60 years this week since we played that first show at every show at the Marquee, so we want to thank you very much for coming back to us. see. ”

The Rolling Stones were joined on Saturday by Grammy Award-winning The War On Drugs, Pasadena indie rocker Phoebe Bridgers, Manchester multi-instrumentalist JJ Rosa and Nashville country artist Kelly McGrath.

As the Stones played to 65,000 people in London, Sir Paul McCartney headlined the Pyramid Stage at the Glastonbury Festival, reminding the country of the most famous battle of bands in music history.

The Stones will play Hyde Park again on July 3 and their second date will feature Geordie Heartlands indie rocker Sam Fender, lyricist and guitarist Courtney Barnett, American blues guitarist and singer Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, the hip-hop jazz collective Dinner Party, and Sydney alternative rockers The Flints.

Sir Elton John played at BST Hyde Park on Friday and Adele, the Eagles, Duran Duran and Pearl Jam will all headline the remaining nights of the festival, which runs until July 10.