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Rolling stones 50th anniversary tour stops at Barclays Center

Stones get plenty of satisfaction from Barclays Center

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Wild horses: Rolling Stones fanatics crush a vending booth outside the Barclays Center to grab a T-shirt or momento about the historic concert.
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It’s only rock and roll (but I like it): The Rolling Stones stage was a gigantic mouth that turned colors depending on the song. Guess what color it was when Mick Jagger belted out “Paint it Black.”
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Satisfaction: Barclays Center developer Bruce Ratner is overjoyed that the Rolling Stones rocked his arena, leaving fans dancing in the aisles.
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Sticky fingers: Keith Richards kicks off the concert with an all-too-familiar guitar riff.
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Sympathy for the devil: He’s pushing 70, but Mick Jagger electrified the Barclays Center with his ballads and signature dance moves.
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Emotional rescue: The Rolling Stones must have felt like they had gone back in time as the standing-room-only Barclays Center erupted in applause.

The Rolling Stones have been touring for just over a half century — but those were just dry runs for the electrifying performance the rockers put on at the Barclays Center on Saturday.

Britain’s second-biggest export left its gleeful audience — some of whom shelled out up to $750 a ticket — with a set packed with hits from the band’s 50-year history.

That’s right, Mick Jagger — who’s pushing 70 — might move like a 25-year-old and have the hair to match, but his band has been together twice that long.

A tribe of masked musicians kicked everything off as they wended through the standing-room-only crowd banging out the drum beat of “Sympathy for the Devil.”

Moments later, the Stones took the stage, opening with “Get Off of My Cloud” and the band refused to slow down until the final bar from “Satisfaction” echoed through the Nets’ new home.

The Stones clearly showed that practice made perfect: they did a great job of simultaneously acting like professional showmen and a bunch of buds who have been hanging out together since high school.

Unlike many other aging bands who bring session musicians along to play the hard parts, Stones’ guitarists Ron Wood and Keith Richards tackled all of their own solos. They did, of course, bring along a fresh face to replace departed bass player Bill Wyman, and had some extra help on keyboards and backup vocals.

Guest stars included Mary J. Blige, who harmonized with Jagger on “Gimme Shelter,” guitar slinger Gary Clark Jr., who joined the band for a cover of “Going Down,” and a choir who replicated the opening aria to “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.”

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Joey B from B-Town says:
I cannot beleive how blessed I am with musical talent!!! Why me Lord!!?!??
Dec. 11, 2012, 12:42 pm

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