The Rolling Stones brought their ‘A Bigger Bang’ world tour to the UK last night (August 20), playing Twickenham Rugby Stadium, just a few miles away from the Richmond homes of Ronnie Wood and Mick Jagger.
The legends began their career in Twickenham, where they had a residency at the Crawdaddy Club in 1963. Jagger quipped to the crowd: “You go round the world ten times and you end up back where you started.”
The European leg of the tour has been troubled from the start when 15 dates were cancelled due to Keith Richards sustaining a head injury after falling from a palm tree in Fiji in April. As previously reported on NME.COM, two extra Spanish dates were also cancelled last week due to Mick Jagger suffering from laryngitis.
Yet the performances of both Jagger and Richards last night were some of the best of the European tour, with both singing together on fans’ favourite ‘Ruby Tuesday’.
The band opened the show with ‘Jumping Jack Flash’, the same song they have started every performance of this leg of the tour. However, there were a few surprises for fans, including a version of the seldom played ‘Sway’ (a track from The Stones’ 1971 album ‘Sticky Fingers’) with Ronnie Wood on slide guitar, and the 1966 classic ‘Get Off Of My Cloud’, which was played on the B Stage.
The show was originally due to take place at the new Wembley Stadium but had to be moved to Twickenham due to building delays. Mick Jagger joked to the crowd: “I think it will be ready for the Arctic Monkeys farewell tour.”
Jagger also referred to Richards’ recent injuries introducing him as “headbanger Keith Richards”, before Richards energetically launched into his two songs ‘Slipping Away’ and ‘Before They Make Me Run’. Many fans waved inflatable palm trees at Richards, which has happened at every gig in Europe since his accident.
The full setlist was:
‘Jumping Jack Flash’
‘Start Me Up’
‘Oh No Not You Again’
‘Streets Of Love’
‘Night Time Is The Right Time’
‘Before They Make Me Run’
‘Get Off Of My Cloud‘
‘Honky Tonk Women’
‘Sympathy For The Devil’
‘It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll’
‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’
The Rolling Stones play Twickenham again tomorrow (Tuesday August 22), and take the tour to Glasgow, Sheffield and (wheCardiff.