Magazine article The Spectator

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Magazine article The Spectator

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'How're you doing in the cheap seats? They're not that cheap, though, that's the problem, ' said Mick Jagger as he launched into the first of the Rolling Stones' 50th anniversary concerts. Still, the electrifying combination of swagger, swing and blues transformed the O2 Arena into a raucous celebration of the selfproclaimed 'greatest rock-and-roll band in the world'.

The Stones were last on stage in 2007, and the intervening years have done little to diminish the band's sprightliness. Jagger remained the archetypal front man, while 71-year-old drummer Charlie Watts kept up the momentum. The gnarly fingers of guitarist Keith Richards did, however, sometimes fail to find the notes, his languid playing style exaggerated by age.

It wasn't the onstage inflatable lips or light show that entertained the 20,000-strong crowd. …

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