The Rolling Stones culminated the European leg of their On Fire tour with a two hour set on the first day of the Roskilde Festival in Denmark.
The band played a 19 track setlist of hits, starting with ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash’, and ending with ‘Brown Sugar’. They then re-appeared for an encore of ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’, for which they were joined by the Vocal Linene Choir, and ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’.
Frontman Mick Jagger said, in Danish, “We’re proud to play the famous Roskilde Festival,” while Keith Richards told the crowd: “It good to be here. Well, it’s good to be anywhere really.”
The concert came just days after the band paid tribute to the late soul singer, Bobby Womack, on their official website. The Rolling Stones also recently made headlines for filming a Monty Python sketch for the reunited comics’ press conference.
American rap-duo Outkast were the first band to perform on the festival’s headliner Orange Stage on Thursday, ahead of their performance at Wireless in Birmingham.
On Friday, Haim and Damon Albarn played the smaller Arena stage to large crowds. The latter spoke of his Danish ancestry before inviting Kano, who features on Gorillaz track ‘White Flag’ to the stage. He then brought on American hip-hop trio De La Soul for a rendition of ‘Feel Good Inc’.
Arctic Monkeys played the Saturday headliner slot, with a set that was heavy on tracks from their latest album, ‘AM’, but also included songs from ‘Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not’ and ‘Favourite Worst Nightmare’. Frontman Alex Turner appeared to be having difficulty summoning his words when addressing the audience, and many tracks, including ‘I Bet That You Look Good On The Dancefloor’, were slightly slowed. The Sheffield band closed their set with ‘I Wanna Be Yours’, asking the crowd to meet them in the dance tent later, before performing an encore of ‘R U Mine’.
Soul legend Stevie Wonder performed on Sunday evening to a packed out crowd of spectators. The singer spoke against racism before his performance of ‘Ebony and Ivory’, saying: “Can you imagine how much people have missed out on because of the prejudices we have in the world?”
Jack White was the last act to play the Orange Stage, replacing Drake who cancelled the Sunday night slot due to illness. The singer played tracks from new album Lazaretto, as well as songs by The White Stripes, such as ‘We’re Going To Be Friends’ and ‘Seven Nation Army’.
Earlier in the day, Kasabian dedicated ‘Days Are Forgotten’ to the Lazaretto singer. Singer Tom Meighan also told the English members of the audience “don’t get fucking sunburnt”.
The Rolling Stones played:
‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash’
‘Let’s Spend The Night Together’
‘It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll (But I Like It)’
‘Doom And Gloom’
‘She’s So Cold’
‘Out Of Control’
‘Honky Tonk Women’
‘You Got The Silver’
‘Can’t Be Seen’
‘Start Me Up’
‘Sympathy For The Devil’
‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’
‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’