Rolling Stones start tour with rock fireworks and tears

Released on 02.06.81

    Mick Jagger (M), Ronnie Wood (l) and Keith Richards rocked the stage in Madrid. Photo: Manu Fernandez/AP/dpa

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The band is back – in Spain. Further performances in Europe are planned. On Sunday the musicians will stop in Germany.


Rock legend Mick Jagger kicked off his European tour at 60. band anniversary of the Rolling Stones provided a moving moment.

“It’s our first European tour without Charlie (Watts), we miss him very much,” said the 78 year-old lead singer on Thursday night on the stage of the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid. Lots of around 45.000 Fans wiped tears from their eyes. Before the concert started, recordings in honor of the drummer, who died in August last year, were shown on the big screens. On Thursday, Watts would have been 81.

Even without Watts, the two remaining founding members proved Jagger and Keith Richards (78) along with Ronnie Wood, performing his 75. Birthday celebrated that they continue to be worth the money of the expensive tickets. The fans and even the harshest critics were over the moon after the two-and-a-half-hour performance: “The Rolling Stones confirm their legend with an overwhelming triumph in Madrid,” said the Spanish TV broadcaster RTVE. “Eternal Rolling Stones”, headlined the newspaper “El PaĆ­s”, the rival newspaper “El Mundo” saw “a miracle”.

To decades-old hits like “(I can’t get no) Satisfaction”, “Honky Tonk Women”, “Jumpin’ Jack Flash”, “Sympathy for the Devil” or “Sad Sad Sad” also danced and sang concert-goers who were far from being born when they were created. Like a young girl who exclaimed enthusiastically in front of the cameras of Spanish television: “You are old but still the best!” Well after midnight, the fans said goodbye to their idols with a minute-long ovation. The band thanked them on Instagram: “Muchas gracias Madrid for an amazing opening show!”

The British band’s next performance will be on Sunday at Munich’s Olympic Stadium. Among the 02 shows of the “Sixty” tour, another concert is planned in Germany, on 27. July in the Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen. The tour concludes four days later in Stockholm. (dpa)

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