The Rolling Stones tonight turned in their long-awaited headline performance on the Pyramid Stage on the second day of Glastonbury 2013.
Arriving to a soundtrack of tribal drumming and jungle noises, the band took to the Pyramid Stage at 9.40pm (BST) and launched into their first song, ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash’. “It’s great to be here, Glastonbury,” said frontman Mick Jagger before playing ‘It’s Only Rock ‘N Roll (But I Like It)’.
“I’m going to tell you something, you know it’s great to be here doing this show,” Jagger said from the stage before third song ‘Paint It, Black’, during which two flares were lit up in the crowd. “You all look amazing, after all these years they finally got around to asking us. Thank you Michael [Eavis].” Despite speculation that a big-name guest – rumoured to be Adele or Florence Welch – would provide guest vocals on ‘Gimme Shelter’, the duty instead fell to the less headline-grabbing backing vocalist Lisa Fischer.
“I arrived last night,” Jagger then told the crowd. “I went to Shangri-La, I saw the Arctic Monkeys, I couldn’t get up the tower because the queue was too big.” The singer then strapped on an acoustic guitar for little-heard track ‘Factory Girl’, renamed ‘Glastonbury Girl’ especially for the occasion, and which Jagger claimed to have written “last night”. ‘ ‘Wild Horses’ followed, then ‘Doom And Gloom’ from last year’s ‘GRRR!’ compilation.
Former Stones guitarist Mick Taylor, who played with the band from 1969 to 1974, joined in for the next track, an extended version of ‘Can’t You Hear Me Knocking’. He left the stage before ‘Honky Tonk Women’, after which Jagger introduced the band, which included saxophonist Bobby Keys. After his own introduction, guitarist Keith Richards took vocals on a rambling ‘You Got The Silver’ and ‘Happy’. An animated Jagger took centre-stage again for Stones-go-disco track ‘Miss You’, at which point he invited the crowd to sing along to the high-pitched chorus.
Mick Taylor rejoined the band for a long ‘Midnight Rambler’, which seemed to test the patience of the crowd, and ‘2000 Light Years From Home’. The crowd perked up for a run of hits beginning with ‘Sympathy For The Devil’, which saw a giant mechanical phoenix atop the Pyramid Stage come alive, flapping its wings and raising its head before plumes of fire burst out from the top of the stage.
The main set ended with ‘Brown Sugar’. The encore, which saw Jagger wearing another sparkly jacket, included ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’, where the band were joined by an all-female choir. They finished with ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’, at which point red ticker tape was released above the crowd. The set ended with bright white fireworks. After a pause, the band returned to take a bow.
The Rolling Stones played:
‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash’
‘It’s Only Rock ‘N Roll (But I Like It)’
‘Paint It, Black’
‘Doom And Gloom’
‘Can’t You Hear Me Knocking’
‘Honky Tonk Women’
‘You Got The Silver’
‘2000 Light Years From Home’
‘Sympathy For The Devil’
‘Start Me Up’
‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’
‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’
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