The Rolling Stones are showing they haven’t lost their luster in concert since the Covid-induced hiatus and the loss of Charlie Watts.

COMING back to the stage after a Covid-induced hiatus, the Rolling Stones have shown that they have not lost their luster despite the sad loss of drummer Charlie Watts.

This evening in Madrid, filled with surprises and dramatic gestures, Mick Jagger and company welcomed their legendary late bandmate with a touching video and a few links to him, and heartily congratulated guitarist Ronnie Wood on his 75th birthday.

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The Rolling Stones have shown that they have not lost their luster despite the loss of drummer Charlie Watts.1 credit
Mick & Co welcomed their legendary late bandmate Charlie Watts

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Mick & Co welcomed their legendary late bandmate Charlie Watts1 credit
The band burst onto the stage to classic Street Fighting Man, accompanied by a touching video montage of Charlie's late pal.

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The band burst onto the stage to classic Street Fighting Man, accompanied by a touching video montage of Charlie’s late pal.Credit: Environmental Protection Agency
Frontman Mick burst into flames at a stadium in Madrid

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Frontman Mick burst into flames at a stadium in Madrid1 credit
Legendary drummer Charlie Watts died on August 24, 2021.

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Legendary drummer Charlie Watts died on August 24, 2021.1 credit

Asked about the band’s amazing longevity ahead of a gig, bandmate Keith Richards joked, “I know! I ask myself the same.

“Life is too interesting to die. Everything I wanted to do had to be done – I couldn’t relax. And hey, there was just an awful lot of cocaine in there.

“Sixty years is a damn long time. How do you do this?

“I think the most important thing is that the people in the band want to stay together. It helps!

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“Of course, we had our ups and downs. But in the end, we always noticed that together we are more creative.

“And, of course, for these — my God! — Six decades, you got used to each other.

“The thing about being part of a well-rehearsed group is knowing others so well that you can predict up to a certain point what will happen next. ”

Bursting onto the stage to a classic Street Fighting Man, accompanied by a touching video montage of Charlie’s late pal, frontman Mick came to life at Atlético Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano.

He yelled “Ola Madrid” as he stepped out in a red silk jacket among a crowd of 55,000 along the 100-meter-long walkways and platforms, his fingertips trembling with every step.

As Patrick Woodroffe, the band’s show designer for four decades, told me, “Nothing has gotten smaller over the years – it’s still a Stones show and it should look and feel like it is.

“People ask how they still do it – they sound better than ever, and I know that I’m not going to stop there.

“The only thing that will end their touring career is if they feel like they can’t perform properly anymore, which they very well can.”

This was clear to all as powerful performances from a host of fan favorites followed, including You Can’t Always Get What You Want, Honky Tonk Women, Start Me Up and Out of Time.

Guitarist Ronnie beamed widely and occasionally bounced in the air, banishing the band’s iconic riffs, while leopard print-clad Keith pushed his low-slung Telecaster with the vigor of a 28-year-old.

In a rare display of political influence, the group – with a combined age of 231 – hailed the bravery of Ukrainian soldiers fighting the Russian attack with a video montage and a solidarity speech as they performed the classic song Gimme Shelter, originally written about Vietnam. War of 1969.

Later that evening, they rocked out with uplifting accompaniments of Sympathy For The Devil, Jumping Jack Flash and an encore of the signature anthem (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.

Was the crowd satisfied? . . no questions.

The Stones play in Munich on Sunday before making their first UK appearance at Anfield in Liverpool on 9 June.

They land in London to play the British Summer Festival in Hyde Park on 25 June and 3 July.

Tickets from www.rollstones.com/tour.

Set list

  • Street Fighter
  • 19th nervous breakdown
  • sad sad sad
  • Tumbling bones
  • Out of time
  • Beast of burden
  • You can’t always get what you want
  • Life in a ghost town
  • Honky Tonk Women
  • Escapes
  • Happy
  • Missing You
  • midnight rambler
  • run me
  • Paint it Black
  • Sympathy for the Devil
  • shelter me
  • (I can’t get no) satisfaction

Collaborations are the new horizon

THOUSANDS of people gathered at the Bring Me The Horizon Malta Weekender concert to catch the band playing two amazing sets over the weekend.

The Sheffield-based band, fronted by Oli Sykes, has become more popular, with their latest album reaching #1.

Bring Me The Horizon to perform at Reading and Leeds Festival in August - frontman Oli Sykes pictured

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Bring Me The Horizon to perform at Reading and Leeds Festival in August – frontman Oli Sykes pictured1 credit

After performing with Ed Sheeran at the Brit Awards and releasing the new single Bad Life with Sigrid, Oli said the band has many more collaborations in the pipeline.

In an exclusive backstage chat hosted by tech firm Pollen, Oli explained, “We use this collaboration to show our love for other genres.

“A lot of our fans accept and love it, but we don’t shove it down their throats.”

At this epic event, the band, who play the Reading and Leeds festivals in August, delighted fans with a selection of their current tracks and some of their oldest iconic material.

More tracks by Max

AVA MAX has announced that her second album Diamonds & Dancefloors will be released on October 14th.

It will include her latest single “Maybe You’re The Problem”, which has already racked up 35 million streams.

Ava Max has announced that her second album Diamonds & Dancefloors will be released on October 14th.

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Ava Max has announced that her second album Diamonds & Dancefloors will be released on October 14th.1 credit

After revealing the news yesterday, Ava tweeted, “So proud of this record.”

Meanwhile Panic! At The Disco say their seventh album Viva Las Vengeance will be released on August 19th.

The title track was released yesterday as a single and the Brendon Urie fronted band will kick off a massive UK tour next March at London’s O2 Arena.

For every ticket sold, £1 will go to the Highest Hopes Foundation for human rights.

Promising

Elton John has chosen his favorite up-and-coming artists to support him at BST’s Hyde Park concert in London on June 24th.

Leading up to his performance, the main stage will feature sets from Rina Sawayama, Gabriel, Let’s Eat Grandma and Mercury Prize-nominated Berwyn.

Sean is not friends with Ali

HE was one of the best contestants ever to receive the “I’m a Celebrity” award. . . and now former savage Sean Ryder is gearing up for a comeback.

But the Happy Mondays singer, who will perform with his fellow band Black Grape at the Great Estate Festival in Redruth, Cornwall, this Sunday, said he would return to the All Stars series this summer on one condition – that Alison Hammond, his campmate 2010 will not be there.

Sean Ryder wants to return to the jungle

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Sean Ryder wants to return to the jungle1 credit
Sean said,

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Sean said, “I would definitely not want to reunite with Alison Hammond.”1 credit

In an exclusive chat, Sean told me, “I would definitely not want to reunite with Alison Hammond.

“She’s a pain in the ass and really gets on my nerves.

“I didn’t like her attitude at all and she was something of a drama queen.

“She thought she was a superstar and just rubbed me the wrong way. She’s supposed to be great and one of those down to earth people, but I just didn’t like her.”

I would pay good money to see these two meet again.

Tickets to catch Sean, along with other activities including Manic Street Preachers, are now on sale at Greatatefestival.co.uk.

Glasto be blasto

Just three weeks before Glastonbury, tech partner EE updated the festival’s app to make sure fans don’t miss a performance while they’re there.

It will provide news and updates on what’s happening at Worthy Farm and allow users to create custom lineups of whoever they want to see.

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Paul McCartney to play Glastonbury this summer1 credit

It will also have a new dark mode which means it will use less battery.

If it prevents my phone from draining when I’m in the middle of a crowd for Paul McCartney, then that sounds good to me.

Kylie wine note – perfect

Kylie Minogue’s celebration continues as she wore this pink dress to a party marking the two-year anniversary of the launch of her popular wine brand.

The Spinning Around singer has sold more than five million bottles of her beer in 11 countries, cut a cake at a party in London, and also sipped a few sips of her popular booze.

Kylie wore this pink dress to a party marking the two-year anniversary of the launch of her popular wine brand.

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Kylie wore this pink dress to a party marking the two-year anniversary of the launch of her popular wine brand.Credit: Getty Images – Getty
She has sold five million bottles of her plonk in 11 countries.

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She has sold five million bottles of her plonk in 11 countries.1 credit

But that wasn’t her only party lately – she also marked her 54th birthday with a surprise appearance on Jessie Ware’s flagship show at Brixton Academy over the weekend.

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At the concert, they performed their collaboration Kiss Of Life, much to the delight of the audience.

Now Kylie just needs to book dates for her tour.

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