For the Rolling Stones’ first arena show in six years on Sunday (November 25), they brought out a few friends to help them get back into swing of things. These collaborators included “hip-hop-soul” diva Mary J. Blige and certified guitar god Jeff Beck, as well as former members Mick Taylor and Bill Wyman.
Now the band has come right out and told fans who they can expect to see turn up at tonight’s (November 29) show at London’s O2 Arena: Eric Clapton and Florence Welch, the powerful-voiced leader of ethereal rockers Florence and the Machine. Once again, their guests portray a combo of the new and old-school in music.
The Stones announced their guests in a post on their website. As the band prepares to head across the pond for their three shows in the New York area starting December 8th, U.S. fans might want to keep an eye on the news section of Stones’ site for updates about guests at the remaining “50 and Counting” shows.
As for Sunday’s concert, the band is reportedly facing a hefty fine for playing past curfew by roughly 35 minutes (until 11:05 instead of 10:30 p.m., as Sunday noise ordinances in London require). Will the Stones play past curfew again tonight, with a little help from Clapton and Flo?
– Jillian Mapes, CBS Local