The Rolling Stones finally made their debut at Glastonbury festival last night, where they headlined the infamous Pyramid Stage and played a set that lasted for over two hours.
The band arrived on stage at 2140, GMT, and they then launched into their opening track, “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” before Mick Jagger, the band’s frontman, told the adoring crowd, “It’s great to be here, Glastonbury.”
They then played, “It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll (But I Like It),” after which he stated, “I’m going to tell you something, you know it’s great to be here doing this show. You all look amazing, after all these years they finally got around to asking us. Thank you Michael [Eavis].”
Jagger also remarked throughout their performance, “I arrived last night. I went to Shangri La, I saw the Arctic Monkeys, I couldn’t get up the tower because the queue was too big.” He then launched into the band’s little heard song, “Factory Girl,” which he decided to rename, “Glastonbury Girl,” for the day.
In total, The Rolling Stones’ set consisted of 20 songs, and throughout Jagger performed his trademark moves and swagger, which saw him strut along the stage in his usual manner.
Rumours began to circulate before the show that The Rolling Stones would be joined by Adele, Bruce Springsteen, or Florence Welch, but they were instead joined by Lisa Fischer, who sang on, “Gimme Shelter.”
The band’s sometime guitarist, Mick Taylor, also appeared onstage for an extended version of their song, “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking.”
Their performance appears to have divided the critics, with The Guardian’s Dorian Lynskey writing a five-star review of their shenanigans, whilst others appeared to be divided especially when they played a 10 minute version of “Midnight Rambler,” but all of this was forgiven by the time they finished on “Sympathy For The Devil,” “Start Me Up,” “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” and “Satisfaction.”