Rolling Stones back in Hyde Park

The Rolling Stones return to London's Hyde Park - 44 years since they last played at the outdoor venue.

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Rolling Stones return to Hyde Park

The Rolling Stones returned to London's Hyde Park last night after 44 years and a day.

Last time, Mick Jagger wore a white dress and began by quoting from a poem by Shelley.

This time, Jagger - now Sir Mick and celebrating his 70th birthday in three weeks - was wearing a leopard print jacket and last night launched straight into Start Me Up, the band's last top 10 hit.

"How're you doing?" he asked the crowd before their second song, it's Only Rock And Roll.

It was the Stones' first gig in Hyde Park since that historic free concert on July 5 1969 - just two days after the death of founder member Brian Jones, who was found dead in the swimming pool at his Sussex home shortly after leaving the band.

That show marked the live debut of his replacement guitarist, Mick Taylor, who was later replaced by Ronnie Wood.

Sir Mick had hinted during the week that yesterday's concert would feature many of the songs from the band's 1969 set list.

In an interview with Absolute Radio's Pete Mitchell, he joked: "Obviously, the same set list is going to be used, it saves me having to think."

But the set opened with a series of songs that had not even been written in 1969.

Tens of thousands of people were in the crowd, including stars such as David Walliams and wife Lara Stone, Gemma Arterton, Ben Whishaw, Chris O'Dowd, Noel Fielding, Simon Fuller and Bobby Gillespie of Primal Scream, who were all in the VIP area.

The Stones' set finished, as it began, with fireworks.

The veteran band had played for two hours, closing their initial set with Brown Sugar, then encoring with You Can't Always Get What You Want and a crowd-pleasing Satisfaction.

The Stones were topping the bill on the second day of a new festival, Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time.

Rolling Stones still to decide final Hyde Park playlist

The Rolling Stones will not decide the final setlist for their Hyde Park return tonight until just before the show -as they are still trying to agree on the songs, Keith Richards has revealed.

In an interview for Absolute Radio, guitarist Richards said : "We are still differing about certain songs and stuff, and also we have to think that we have another one coming up....and what we want to do next week.

"So, there is still a bit of juggling going on. But, I mean those things can be decided on the night."

Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, and Ronnie Wood, playing at Glastonbury last weekend. Credit: Press Association

Tens of thousands of fans stream into the outdoor venue this afternoon in anticipation of the band's headline performance, 44 years after they last played.

Mick Jagger and Keith Richards on stage at Hyde Park on the 5th July 1969. Credit: S&G Barratts/EMPICS Archive

Tonight's show - part of the Barclaycard presents British Summertime - is the band's first appearance at Hyde Park since they played a celebrated free festival there in 1969.

It was the band's first appearance since the death of former guitarist Brian Jones, and featured the first performance by his replacement Mick Taylor - who will also take a guest role tonight.

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