May 28, 2014

    Stones resume world tour


    THE Rolling Stones staged a high-energy concert in Oslo on Monday, as the ever-youthful band resumed a world tour suspended in March after the death of Mick Jagger's girlfriend, fashion designer L'Wren Scott.

    Jagger, 70, wearing a tight, black shirt and jeans for most of the late-night show in front of more than 20,000 spectators, said he was happy to be back performing in the Nordic city where the band first played on a tour in 1965.

    Monday night's concert - which included hits like Satisfaction, Brown Sugar and Sympathy For The Devil - was the first of a European tour that will now go to Lisbon, followed by Zurich.

    The Rolling Stones postponed concerts in Australia and New Zealand in March to mourn Scott, a 49-year-old former model who committed suicide in her Manhattan apartment.

    The Norwegian media hailed the band's performance, praising Jagger for his singing as well as his joking, dancing, running and pirouetting around a vast stage.

    "It's rock 'n' roll, and we like it," the tabloid Dagbladet wrote, giving the concert five on a one-to-six scale.

    Jagger told the audience the band had asked people to request songs over the Internet and joked that the favourite had been Take On Me, a hit by Norwegian rock band A-ha.

    He said the singing was too high pitched for him and launched instead into the Rolling Stones' Let's Spend The Night Together.