The Rolling Stones recently capped the latest leg of their 50 & Counting tour with two concerts before 65,000 fans at London’s Hyde Park – some 44 years after their famous 1969 show (not only the first appearance of Mick Taylor with the band but also a tribute to Brian Jones who had died just a few days earlier).
The Stones also headlined this year’s Glastonbury Festival to rave reviews and are expected to soon announce more dates for the anniversary tour. Australia is expected to be on the agenda for early 2014.
After more than 50 years the Stones keep rolling on and today (July 26) their front man Sir Michael Jagger turns 70! Mick’s former bandmate Bill Wyman (who refused to make a guest appearance on the latest tour) is 76, and drummer Charlie Watts turned 72 last month, sohe is in good company. Former Beatles Ringo Starr (73) and Paul McCartney (71) are also still touring as septuagenarians.
Jagger famously declared in 1975 that he’d ‘rather be dead’ than singing ‘Satisfaction’ when he’s 45. In fact, he is still singing it at nearly 70. The song appears as the encore to the Hyde Park show (available at iTunes).
While the Rolling Stones’ recorded output over the past 30 years has been of variable quality, Jagger’s best recording of the modern era has never been officially released. In 1992 Jagger recorded 22 songs with Lester Butler & The Red Devils with Rick Rubin producing. Below is their version of ‘Shake ‘Em On Down,’ along with several other videos to celebrate Sir Michael’s special day.