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.
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.”
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