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STORY: The Rolling Stones returned to the stage on Sunday (November 25), kicking off a mini-tour they hope will prove that advancing years and bad blood are no barriers to satisfying their legions of fans.
The sell-out gig at the O2 Arena in London was the first of five shows, which saw the band play hits like "I Wanna Be Your Man" and "Get Off My Cloud" to a 20,000 strong audience.
Adding to the sense of occasion, former members Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor joined frontman Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and drummer Charlie Watts on stage in London.
The bill also included some other surprise guests, which included British rock guitarist Jeff Beck and Mary J. Blige.
Following Sunday's performance The Stones will play one more gig at the O2 Arena on November 29, before crossing the Atlantic for a show at Barclay Center, Brooklyn on December 8 and two at the Prudential Center, Newark on December 13 and 15.
The Rolling Stones kick off '50 & Counting' tour in London (0:53)
Legendary rockers The Stones kick off their 50th anniversary mini-tour with their first of five shows, at the O2 Arena in London. ( Transcript )