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Rolling Stones celebrate 50 years

Published 25/11/2012 | 22:04

Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones performs at the O2 Arena in London
Mick Jagger performs with the Rolling Stones at the O2 Arena in London November 25, 2012. The Stones took to the stage on Sunday after a five-year hiatus to celebrate the golden jubilee of one of the most successful and enduring bands in rock and roll history. Now in their mid-60s to early 70s, lead singer Jagger, guitarists Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood and drummer Charlie Watts were joined by former members Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor for concerts in London and the United States. REUTERS/Toby Melville (BRITAIN - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)

The Rolling Stones have celebrated 50 years in the industry by performing to a packed London crowd for the first time since 2007.

The band, all in their 60s and 70s, took to the stage in front of 20,000 screaming fans at the O2 Arena.

Lead singer Sir Mick Jagger, 69, was joined by guitarists Keith Richards, 68, Ronnie Wood, 65, and drummer Charlie Watts, 71.

It is the first time the band have been joined with former members Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor for more than 20 years.

They opened with I Want To Be Your Man, with front man Jagger strutting around dressed in a silver blazer and trilby, before launching into Get Off Of My Cloud.

Tickets for the show, which comes ahead of a gig at the same venue on Thursday before three in the US next month, started at £106.

Fans sitting in the "tongue" - the area at the foot of the lip-shaped stage - forked out an eye-watering £1,140 per person.

US soul diva Mary J Blige joined Jagger to sing the female lines of hit Gimme Shelter.

Legendary rock guitarist Jeff Beck joined the four-piece to play I'm Going Down.

Tickets for both UK dates sold out within seven minutes last month.

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