Alas, John Lennon wasn’t resurrected, nor did the Dirty Mac reunite with Yoko Ono replacing her deceased husband on vocals, but something nearly as unexpected happened at the kick-off concert of the Rolling Stones’ 50th anniversary tour: they covered “I Wanna Be Your Man” by the Beatles. For the first time since 1964.
According to Consequence of Sound:
The Rolling Stones performed their first 50th anniversary concert at London’s O2 Arena on Sunday night. Kicking off with a cover of The Beatles’ “I Wanna Be Your Man,” the 23-song setlist proved to be one surprise after another. Mary J. Blige sang alongside Mick Jagger for “Gimme Shelter,” Jeff Beck played guitar during the live debut of “I’m Going Down,” and the London Youth Choir accompanied the Stones during an encore performance of “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.” What’s more, original Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman joined the band for “It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll (But I Like It)”, while former guitarist Mick Taylor appeared for “Midnight Rambler.” (Via)
In the 10 seconds it took you to read that block quote, the Stones earned another $43,292 in ticket sales.