Category: Society / November 26, 2012 10:42 AM EST
The Rolling Stones returned to the stage on Sunday (November 25), proving that advancing years and bad blood are no barriers to living up to the expectations of their legions of fans.
The sell-out gig in London was the first of five shows, which saw the band play hits like "I Wanna Be Your Man" and "Get Off My Cloud" to a 20,000 strong audience.
In a burst of activity to celebrate 50 years in show business, the veteran rockers with an average age of 68 have already come out with a new photo book, written two songs, collaborated on a documentary and released a greatest hits album. In October they played warm-up gigs in Paris, which has left fans eager for more.
Although the band has faced some outrage about high ticket prices, which has given some followers the impression they are more interested in banking cash than bashing out the hits, it has done little to dampen the enthusiasm of their stage return.
Sunday night's bill also included a number of surprise guests, including Mary J. Blige and British rock guitarist Jeff Beck.
The Stones first played at the Marquee Club in London in 1962, and, with a changing line-up, the band, which had to compete with the Beatles, quickly became one of the biggest groups in pop history.
Following Sunday's performance The Stones will play one more gig at the O2 Arena on November 29, before crossing the Atlantic for a show at Barclay Centre, Brooklyn on December 8 and two at the Prudential Centre, Newark on December 13 and 15.