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Rolling Stones celebrate 50 years with London gig

The Rolling Stones played London's O2 Arena to mark 50 years in the industry Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire

The Rolling Stones celebrated their 50th anniversary with a performance to a packed London crowd for the first time since 2007.

The rockers - who are aged between 65 and 71 - took to the stage at the O2 Arena for more than two hours of high-octane hits, playing to 20,000 fans.

Sir Mick Jagger was joined by guitarists Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and drummer Charlie Watts.

The stage was adorned with a giant pair of lips with the tongue as a seating area Credit: Reuters/Toby Melville

Former Rolling Stones Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor were also back in the fold - their first time they have been joined by them in more than 20 years.

The band reeled through their huge back catalogue of hits to an adoring crowd, opening with I Want to be Your Man before front man Jagger strutted into Get Off of My Cloud.

The clip below is courtesy of the Rolling Stones/Promotours:

"How're you doing in the cheap seats? They're not that cheap though, that's the problem", Jagger joked.

Tickets for Sunday night's show started at £106, while fans sitting in the "tongue" - area at the foot of the lip-shaped stage - shelled out £1,140 per person for a ticket.

The Stones will play another night at the O2 on Thursday.

Sir Mick Jagger sings to the crowd after the Rolling Stone's five-year hiatus Credit: Reuters/Toby Melville

Also gracing the stage was Mary J Blige, who joined Jagger to sing the hit Gimme Shelter, while legendary rock guitarist Jeff Beck joined the band to play I'm Going Down.

The soul singer wrote on Twitter after the gig:

Tickets for both UK tour dates sold out within seven minutes last month.