UPDATE Stones go back to their roots with intimate club gig in London


London 27th August 2003
1. Exterior Astoria Theatre
2. Close-up sign
3. Fans queueing
4. Pan down theatre exterior
5. VS interior fans
6. Mid shot Mark Nicholas, ex-cricketer
7. Mid shot fans arriving including Bobby Gillespie of the Primal Scream
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Bobby Gillespie, Lead Singer, Primal Scream:
“This is the first time I’ve seen them. I’m such a fan, I always wanted to see them in a small venue, I hate the idea of stadium rock where you are just watching a big TV screen and ten little matchstick men. So this is exciting to be here to see them up close and to hear them raw and alive.”
9. Arrival Tara Palmer-Tompkinson, Socialite/Celebrity
10. Arrival Alan Yentob, BBC Executive
11. Set-up Tracey Emin, Artist
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Tracey Emin:
“They’re really brilliant to dance to. You can go mad, you can do everything, put your hands in the air, play air guitar, do what ever you like.”
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Chris Tarrant, DJ/TV Presenter:
“The fact that London has stopped tonight for a small local theatre to see this band again, they’ve done the fortieth tour, they are just extraordinary.”
14. Live performance – ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash,’ The Rolling Stones
15. Live performance – ‘No Expectations,’ The Rolling Stones


Rock veterans The Rolling Stones played the smallest show of their world tour Wednesday night just yards from where they made their debut more than 40 years ago.

A pouting Mick Jagger and the group performed to a crowd of just 2,000, as they turned on the magic at The Astoria in London.

Last week the Stones had to cancel a number of shows after Jagger, 60, was ordered to rest his voice.

But as he bounded on stage, he was back to full strength as he told the audience: “We’re very pleased to be here I can tell you.”

The band are more used to wowing the crowds at stadiums and arenas, but have also added a handful of more intimate club shows to their stints in cities around the world on the current Forty Licks world tour.

The show at The Astoria – tickets for which are believed to have been changing hands for four-figure sums – is just a stone’s throw away from where the quintet played their first show.

Their debut gig was at the original Marquee club in London’s Oxford Street in 1962, although at that stage the band had an apostrophe rather than a G in their name.

The classic line-up was still missing Bill Wyman.

After opening with crowd-pleaser Jumpin’ Jack Flash, they went into Live With Me, Hand of Faith and No Expectation, after Jagger announced: “We’re going to do a few different songs for you tonight.”

However the singer, dressed in a red sleeveless T-shirt and black satin waistcoat, added: “The problem with the numbers we don’t usually do is that we don’t know them as well as the others.”

Guests in the audience included chat show host and Radio 2 presenter Jonathan Ross, Kate Moss, artist Tracey Emin and Primal Scream singer Bobby Gillespie.

The 11-date British leg is the last segment of the Stones’ 40 Licks world tour.

The band have been getting through a 20-song set including the old hits Street-Fighting Man, Honky Tonk Woman, (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction and Brown Sugar before ending with an encore of Sympathy For The Devil and Jumpin’ Jack Flash.


TITLE: Jumpin’ Jack Flash
ARTIST: The Rolling Stones
WRITER: Jagger/Richard
PUBLISHER: Westminster Records

TITLE: No Expectations
ARTIST: The Rolling Stones

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