“I arrived last night,” Jagger then told the crowd. “I went to Shangri-La, I saw the Arctic Monkeys, I couldn’t get up the tower because the queue was too big.” The singer then strapped on an acoustic guitar for little-heard track ‘Factory Girl’, renamed ‘Glastonbury Girl’ especially for the occasion, and which Jagger claimed to have written “last night”. ‘ ‘Wild Horses’ followed, then ‘Doom And Gloom’ from last year’s ‘GRRR!’ compilation.
Former Stones guitarist Mick Taylor, who played with the band from 1969 to 1974, joined in for the next track, an extended version of ‘Can’t You Hear Me Knocking’. He left the stage before ‘Honky Tonk Women’, after which Jagger introduced the band, which included saxophonist Bobby Keys. After his own introduction, guitarist Keith Richards took vocals on a rambling ‘You Got The Silver’ and ‘Happy’. An animated Jagger took centre-stage again for Stones-go-disco track ‘Miss You’, at which point he invited the crowd to sing along to the high-pitched chorus.
Mick Taylor rejoined the band for a long ‘Midnight Rambler’, which seemed to test the patience of the crowd, and ‘2000 Light Years From Home’. The crowd perked up for a run of hits beginning with ‘Sympathy For The Devil’, which saw a giant mechanical phoenix atop the Pyramid Stage come alive, flapping its wings and raising its head before plumes of fire burst out from the top of the stage.
The main set ended with ‘Brown Sugar’. The encore, which saw Jagger wearing another sparkly jacket, included ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’, where the band were joined by an all-female choir. They finished with ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’, at which point red ticker tape was released above the crowd. The set ended with bright white fireworks. After a pause, the band returned to take a bow.
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