The Rolling Stones have reportedly been fined £200,000 after their concert at the O2 Arena ran over their allotted curfew. The band were supposed to finish their set on Sunday at 10:30pm but played on until after 11pm.
It has now been rumored that the local council will issue them with this large penalty because of their misdemeanor, with the band’s agent, Bernard Doherty, stating, “It means a big fine — but the guys just do their thing. There wasn’t a janitor standing there, jangling his keys, saying, ‘I want to go home’.”
Other than this nuisance, The Rolling Stones first concert of their tour went rather well. Mary J Blige came on stage to assist the group with vocals to their hit, “Gimme Shelter”, whilst guitarist, Jeff Beck, played axe on the band’s 1969 song, “I’m Going Down.” It was also the first time that bassist Bill Wyman, who was part of the band from 1962 until 1992, and guitarist Mick Taylor, who joined The Stones in 1969 only to leave in 1974, had played together.
Sunday’s concert started at 8.30pm, half an hour later than scheduled, and the band’s first song of the night was, “I Wann Be Your Man.” This was preceded by a video, which featured the likes of Iggy Pop, Elton John, and Johnny Depp, talking about The Stones’ influence.
The Rolling Stones will play again at the o2 Arena on Thursday night, before starring at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on December 8 and then the Prudential Center in Newark on December 13 and 15. Do you have tickets to see Jagger, Richards et al? Are you excited for their return?