Stones play long-awaited Glastonbury gig
Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones performs at Glastonbury, England on Saturday, June 29, 2013. Thousands are to enjoy the three day festival that started on Friday, June 28, 2013 with headliners Arctic Monkeys, the Rolling Stones and Mumford and Sons. (Photo by Jim Ross/Invision/AP)
PILTON, England (AP) — There's a first time for everything, even if you're the Rolling Stones.
The rock rabble-rousers who formed half a century ago played Britain's Glastonbury Festival on Saturday, their debut appearance at the country's most prestigious rock music event.
A majority of the 135,000 festival ticket-holders crammed into the fields in front of Glastonbury's Pyramid Stage for the gig, which opened with a rousing "Jumpin' Jack Flash."
As on recent tour dates, the Stones gave fans a fistful of classic hits — including "It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (But I Like It)," ''Paint it Black," ''Wild Horses" and "Gimme Shelter" — as well as newer songs.
There was even a brand-new folky number called "Glastonbury Girl," written specially for the occasion.
Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones perform at Glastonbury, England on Saturday, June 29, 2013. Thousands are to enjoy the three day festival that started on Friday, June 28, 2013 with headliners Arctic Monkeys, the Rolling Stones and Mumford and Sons. (Photo by Jim Ross/Invision/AP)
Singer Mick Jagger, who turns 70 in July, has lost none of his swagger, strutting the stage in a sequined green jacket, a satin-lined black cape — on "Sympathy For the Devil" — and other eye-catching outfits.
He thanked fans who had followed the band for five decades, and told newcomers, "do come again," before giving the crowd what it had been waiting for — an encore of "Satisfaction."
In a pre-show BBC radio interview, Jagger gave no clue about whether the band he started with Keith Richards in 1962 will ever call it quits. He said, "I've no idea," before telling an interviewer that he'd probably continue as long as he was wanted.
The band recently played a string of North American dates on its "50 and Counting" tour and is due to play two concerts in London's Hyde Park next month.