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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.

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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.

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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."

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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.

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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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Stones revisit Hyde Park after 44 years

Mick Jagger on stage at the Glastonbury Festival last weekend Credit: Matt Crossick/Matt Crossick/Empics Entertainment

When they played Hyde Park 44 years ago half a million people turned up to see them, and they were introduced as the greatest rock and roll band in the world.

Tomorrow they're back.

The Rolling Stones - fresh from headlining the Glastonbury Festival - are performing to a sold out crowd, and the speculation is they'll be recreating the set list from that historic show.

Jagger hints Stones to play same set as 1969 gig

Mick Jagger has hinted the Rolling Stones might play the same set list at Saturday's Hyde Park gig that they played first time round in 1969 - but there will be no repeat of the stunt that saw him release hundreds of butterflies into the crowd.

Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones performing at the Glastonbury Festival, at Worthy Farm in Somerset. Credit: Matt Crossick/Empics Entertainment

This weekend's performance comes almost 44 years to the day since they played the famous free concert in the central London park.

The singer told Absolute Radio's Pete Mitchell: "Obviously, the same set list is going to be used, it saves me having to think."

Jagger admitted that this time the songs might be played "in a slightly different order", saying: "I'll put them in the butterfly boxes and then throw them in there cut out and then shake them and then see what comes out and in what order."

He said there would be no butterflies released because they "didn't go down very well last time".

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Rolling Stones to play extra night in London

The Rolling Stones have added a second date in London's Hyde Park after the first sold out in a matter of minutes.

The veteran stars will play their extra concert on July 13, a week after they return to play the outdoor venue 44 years on from their famed free concert.

Tickets will go on sale on Friday at 9am, although Barclaycard Unwind customers can buy from Wednesday.

London Rolling Stones gig sells out in minutes

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Stones guitarist Keith Richards has said that he hopes there will be "some emotion involved" in the gig. Credit: REUTERS

The Rolling Stones concert in Hyde Park sold out in just five minutes despite fan concerns over ticket prices.

The 65,000 tickets for the central London gig went within minutes of being put on general release this morning.

AEG Live promoter Rob Hallett said the response had been "incredible".

Tickets cost £95, although there were hospitality packages for sale at up to £299 but Mr Hallett said basic ticket - holders would not lose out.

The band will headline the Hyde Park gig in July - almost 44 years to the day they played a famous free concert in the central London park.

The Rolling Stones play Hyde Park in 1969.
The band's first Hyde Park concert, on July 5 1969, was only two days after the death of founder member Brian Jones. Credit: PA

The band will also headline Glastonbury and play a north American tour this year.

The band were criticised over the price of tickets for their 50th anniversary gigs at the O2 last year when the face-value price of the tickets ranged from £95 to £375.

A "VIP hospitality"' ticket was priced at £950.

The Stones in Hyde Park in 1969

The Rolling Stones performed a famous concert in Hyde Park in 1969. Credit: PA Wire

The Rolling Stones will return to Hyde Park this summer, 44 years after they first played there.

The concert on July 5th, 1969 was overshadowed by the death of founder member Brian Jones who had died two days earlier. Replacement guitarist Mick Taylor made his live debut at the concert.

The Hyde Park crowd in 1969. Credit: PA Wire
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