By Megan Amraen, features staff writer
On Nov. 25, The Rolling Stones kicked off their 50th anniversary tour, 50 & Counting, at the O2 Arena in London.
The first night of the tour was the first of five sold-out shows. The band played again at the 02 Arena last night. They will then travel to the Barclays Center in New York City on Dec. 8 and at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ on Dec. 13 and 15.
According to the U.K. newspaper, The Guardian, fans had nothing but praise for the classic rock band. Former Stones members Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor returned to the stage as a surprise guest appearance. Artists Mary J. Blige and Jeff Beck also joined as special guests. Blige sang with Mick Jagger in “Gimme Shelter” and Beck played guitar in “I’m Going Down.”
Despite the late start, the Stones played over 20 of their classic songs and even some hits from their 2012 album. The list spanned from their second single released in 1963, “I Wanna Be Your Man” to 2012’s latest “Doom and Gloom.” Missing from the show was the Stones’ 1965 hit “I Can’t Get No Satisfaction” even though it was on the media’s set list. The hit was likely not included due to the late start.
Still, fans had nothing to complain about after two and a half hours of the classic rock band’s music. The event is surely remarkable, and the Stones are clearly the definition of a classic rock band as they continue to gain fans after more than 50 years of hits.