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Nov 26, 2012

Rolling Stones give satisfaction despite high prices

LONDON (Reuters) – The Rolling Stones pranced, swaggered and laughed through the first of five concerts, celebrating their golden jubilee with a performance that critics said put paid to questions over ticket costs.

Virtually every reviewer at the first of two shows in London’s O2 Arena on Sunday night mentioned the controversy over high prices, but almost all of them said it was worth it.

Nov 26, 2012

Rolling Stones turn back clock with hit-filled comeback

LONDON (Reuters) – The Rolling Stones turned back the clock in style on Sunday with their first concert in five years, strutting and swaggering their way through hit after familiar hit to celebrate 50 years in business.

Before a packed crowd of 20,000 at London’s O2 Arena, they banished doubts that age may have slowed down one of the world’s greatest rock and roll bands, as lead singer Mick Jagger launched into “I Wanna Be Your Man”.

Nov 25, 2012

Rolling Stones fans pack O2 for return on 50th

LONDON, Nov 25 (Reuters) – Rolling Stones fans packed out
London’s O2 stadium on Sunday to see one of rock and roll’s
greatest and most enduring bands take to the stage to celebrate
their golden jubilee.

The sea of fans gathered round a stage in the shape of the
giant red lips logo synonymous with singer Mick Jagger,
guitarists Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood and drummer Charlie
Watts may be mostly silver-haired, but then the Stones are also
in their 60s and early 70s.

Nov 25, 2012

Rolling Stones return to mark 50 years in music

LONDON (Reuters) – The Rolling Stones take to the stage later on Sunday after a five-year hiatus to celebrate the golden jubilee of one of the most successful and enduring bands in rock and roll history.

Now in their mid-60s to early 70s, lead singer Mick Jagger, guitarists Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood and drummer Charlie Watts will perform five concerts – two at the O2 Arena in London on November 25 and 29 and three in the United States next month.

Nov 23, 2012

Rolling Stones try to roll back the years with reunion

LONDON (Reuters) – The Rolling Stones return to the stage on Sunday for a mini-tour they hope will prove that advancing years and bad blood are no barriers to satisfaction for sellout crowds.

In a burst of activity to celebrate 50 years in business, the veteran British rockers with an average age of 68 have produced a photo book, written two songs, collaborated on a documentary, released a greatest hits album, played warm-up gigs in Paris and committed to five concerts.

Nov 23, 2012

Rejected Beatles audition tape appears at auction

LONDON (Reuters) – The Beatles audition tape rejected by a record label executive in arguably the biggest blunder in pop history has resurfaced and will go on sale at a London auction next week.

Ted Owen of The Fame Bureau, an auction house specializing in pop memorabilia, said the 10-song tape was recorded on New Year’s Day, 1962, at label Decca’s studios in north London.

Nov 22, 2012

Rolling Stones aim to roll back years with reunion

LONDON (Reuters) – The Rolling Stones return to the stage on Sunday for a mini-tour they hope will prove that advancing years and bad blood are no barriers to satisfaction for sellout crowds.

In a burst of activity to celebrate 50 years in business, the veteran British rockers with an average age of 68 have produced a photo book, written two songs, collaborated on a documentary, released a greatest hits album, played warm-up gigs in Paris and committed to five concerts.

Nov 21, 2012

Pop art “godfather” Blake still the outsider at 80

LONDON (Reuters) – Pop music loves him. The art establishment shuns him. At the age of 80, British artist Peter Blake is revered for his celebrated “Sgt. Pepper” Beatles album cover yet at the same time dismissed as too “cheerful” to be one of the greats.

Regularly stroking his wispy silver beard, and supported around a central London gallery by a walking cane, the man dubbed the “godfather of Pop art” still struggles to come to terms with his place in the world of contemporary culture.

Nov 21, 2012

Disturbing view of Russia emerges from UK art show

LONDON (Reuters) – The real stars of a new show of contemporary Russian art at the Saatchi Gallery in central London are society’s outcasts – criminals, drug addicts, despised government bureaucrats and ordinary people perched on window ledges ready to jump.

Several of the 18 artists who make up the major survey of work from the former Soviet Union have focused their lenses and brushes on those for whom the collapse of the Communist system meant destitution rather than freedom or wealth.

Nov 20, 2012

UK queen to charge entrance fee for anniversary fair

LONDON (Reuters) – In a break with tradition, people will be charged to enter the gardens of Queen Elizabeth’s London residence where a trade fair and series of concerts will be held to commemorate the 60th anniversary of her 1953 coronation.

Members of the public are regularly treated to the large green space behind the imposing Buckingham Palace, but they usually go free either as invited guests to garden parties or on special occasions like the Diamond Jubilee picnic earlier this year.

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