THE BOSTON ANNIVERSARY PARTY!

The 40th anniversary party starts in Boston...

THE ROLLING STONES started their mammoth world tour in BOSTON last night (September 3).

The band performed at the 16,000 capacity Fleet Center as part of the tour, which will visit 40 dates across North America this year.

The band’s 22-song set was similar to their small warm-up gig at Toronto Palais Royale venue last month.

The group performed hits including opener ‘Street-Fighting Man’, as well as ‘Honky Tonk Women’, ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’, ‘Brown Sugar’, ‘Sympathy for the Devil’ and ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash’.

The Stones also found the time to cover the O’Jays’ ‘Love Train’, a song that Mick Jagger said they had never played live before.

Speaking to fans from the stage, an excited Jagger said: “There’s nothing so exciting as starting an American tour on the first night. And there’s nothing so exciting as starting it here in Boston.”

Following their US dates, The Rolling Stones will head off to Europe, Australia and Asia where, in 2003, they hope to play their first ever concerts in China.