- 18 May 18
Stephen Keegan was on-hand as Mick Jagger and co. delivered an electrifying set of rock and roll classics.
There came a moment, after three songs of the Stones' set, where four men brought it all back to the beginning.
“We’re going to play some blues for you,” Mick Jagger declared, preceding a tribute to the force that brought them together – teenagers once again simply paying tribute to their heroes. Except they’re doing it in front of eighty-odd thousand with a huge production in one of Europe’s largest stadiums.
Such is the inherent contradiction of seeing the Stones in 2018. It’s so easy to be cynical about the band’s combined age (296, if you’re counting) and their morphing from icons of '60s rebellion to relentless commercial machine selling hoodies at eighty quid a pop – but once Mick Jagger is on stage, his glittery ringmaster’s coat may as well be a magician’s cape.