The Rolling Stones played their first gig in the United States on their current anniversary tour in Brooklyn on Saturday December 8, at The Barclays Center. Many bands that have reached a respectable age tend to play shorter and shorter sets, but not so with the Stones. For 2 and a half hours they entertained a crowd that had paid upwards of $800 per ticket (and much more than that from resellers).
The concert started with "Get Off My Cloud" followed by the Beatles tune "I Wanna Be Your Man." As is customary for the Stones, Keith Richards did a couple of solo numbers, playing "Before They Make Me Run" and "Happy." The band closed the main set with "Sympathy For The Devil" before returning for a three-song encore of "You Can't Always Get What You Want," "Jumpin' Jack Flash," and "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction." The band was joined on stage by Mary J. Blige for "Gimme Shelter." The Rolling Stones have two more gigs scheduled in the US, at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, on December 13 and 15.