To see The Rolling Stones in 2018 is somewhat of a once in a lifetime opportunity. With an average age of 73.5, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts are certainly past their prime… though they certainly haven’t allowed something as trivial as that to hold them back. As the #NoFilter Tour finally landed in the United Kingdom, it was safe to say that The Rolling Stones’ homecoming was certainly a spectacle.
Their second of two shows at the renowned London Stadium, the main site of the 2012 Olympics and the current home of West Ham United, took place on Friday, May 25 and saw up to 65,000 people file into the stadium to catch a glimpse of one of the world’s most famous bands. Indie pop starlet Florence + The Machine supported and seemed to go down well with onlookers, though it was as preparations were being made for The Rolling Stones to come on stage that the stadium really started to buzz with excitement.
Kicking off with the classic ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash’, Jagger and co. were explosive from the get-go with no sign of stopping. Funnily enough, one of the taglines for the tour was exactly that: “No Stopping”. A flurry of hits followed – ‘Let’s Spend The Night Together’, ‘It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll (But I Like It), and more, and later on in the set there was a particularly touching moment where Florence Welch (of Florence + The Machine) returned to the stage to duet with Jagger on ‘Wild Horses’.
Richards had his time in the spotlight too, singing the lead on both ‘The Worst’ and ‘Happy’ but his vocals aren’t a patch on his guitar playing skills which shone brilliantly throughout the entirety of the band’s set.
It’s hard to put into words just how fantastic a show by The Rolling Stones is – you can’t begin to understand the experience unless you’ve been through it first-hand. They are still one of Britain’s finest exports, and it’s commendable that after all these years they’re still willing to (and are able to) put on a show so mind-blowing that anyone in attendance will be talking about for years to come.