The Rolling Stones played their second reunion show London’s 02 Arena last night. Like their gig at the indoor space on Sunday, the performance celebrated the band’s 50th anniversary and featured a number of special guests.
While most of the evening’s setlist mirrored Sunday’s show, the band bookended their set with different songs. The Stones opened their extended single-set performance with the mid-60s December’s Children (and Everybody’s) song “Get Off of My Cloud.” Then, the band revisited their second-ever single “I Wanna Be Your Man,” which they busted out for the first time since the early ‘60s at the O2 Arena on Sunday night. At the other end of the night, the Stones closed their set with their signature anthem, “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.” The iconic number was reportedly on the band’s setlist on Sunday night but the Stones had to cut “Satisfaction” due to time restrictions. Despite their efforts to watch the clock, the Stones were still fined for breaking curfew on Sunday.
Throughout last night’s show, the band busted out a few other rarities. Early on, the Stones performed the ’60s chestnut, Out of Our Heads ’s “The Last Time,” for the first time since July 18, 1998. A bit later, they brought back the 1966 song “Lady Jane” for the first time since April 17, 1967. The studio version of the song prominently features deceased Stones guitarist Brian Jones on the dulcimer, and the Stones laid the song to rest shortly before he left the band.
Several previously announced guests also joined the Stones at various points throughout the night. On Sunday night, R & B star Mary J. Blige sang with The Rolling Stones on “Gimme Shelter” and, last night, Florence & the Machine singer Florence Welch tackled the song’s female vocals.
Likewise, both shows featured an iconic blues-rock guitarist with ties to the Yardbirds. On Sunday Jeff Beck performed with the Stones on the blues “I’m Going Down,” and last night Eric Clapton emerged for Muddy Waters “Champagne & Reefer.” For the second show in a row, classic Stones bassist Bill Wyman, who left the Stones in 1992, reunited with the group for “It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll (But I Like It)” and “Honky Tonk Women.” Former Stones lead guitarist Mick Taylor also sat in on “Midnight Rambler,” the same song he played with the band on Sunday night. As they did during Sunday’s performance, the London Youth Choir also joined the Stones during their encore for “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.”
The Rolling Stones’ 50th anniversary celebration continues with a performance at Brooklyn, NY’s Barclays Center on December 8. As previously reported, Stones saxophonist Bobby Keys will also play Brooklyn Bowl while in New York.
Here’s a look at last night’s setlist via Setlist.fm
Thursday, November 29, O2 Arena, London
Get Off of My Cloud
I Wanna Be Your Man
The Last Time
Paint It Black
Gimme Shelter (with Florence Welch)
Champagne & Reefer (with Eric Clapton)
Live With Me
One More Shot
Doom and Gloom
It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll (But I Like It) (with Bill Wyman)
Honky Tonk Women (with Bill Wyman)
Before They Make Me Run (Keith Richards on lead vocals)
Happy (Keith Richards on lead vocals)
Midnight Rambler (with Mick Taylor)
Start Me Up
Sympathy for the Devil
You Can’t Always Get What You Want (with the London Youth Choir)
Jumpin’ Jack Flash
(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction