THE ROLLING STONES performed a special new song inspired by Glastonbury festival during a triumphant headline set at the iconic British event on Saturday (29Jun13).
The veteran rockers were appearing at the festival for the first time in its 43-year history and they left the crowd of 100,000 revellers stunned with a show lasting more than two hours.
Early in the set, singer Sir Mick Jagger introduced a new track he claimed was written about a woman he met at the festival on Friday (28Jun13). It contained the lyric "Waiting for my Glastonbury girl".
Performing on a specially extended stage that allowed Jagger and guitarists Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood to walk closer to the audience, the band opened with Jumpin' Jack Flash and proceeded to rattle through a string of classics including Gimme Shelter, Paint it Black, Honky Tonk Women, Start Me Up, Miss You, and Wild Horses.
Jagger told the crowd, "It's great to be doing this festival, you all look amazing. After all these years they finally got around to asking us."
He later donned a large black fluffy cape for a rendition of Sympathy For The Devil, and before launching into Tumbling Dice he told festival-goers, "Thank you so much for coming here."
The Stones ended their set with an extended version of Brown Sugar before returning for an encore of You Can't Always Get What You Want, featuring a backing choir, and (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction.
Mick Taylor, who had made a guest appearance earlier in the set, joined his former bandmates onstage for a final bow.
The audience was reported to be the largest ever for a headline act at Glastonbury, and there were reports of crowds of revellers unable to gain access to the field in front of the main stage, with hundreds choosing to watch at a distance from a nearby sloped field instead.
But there was disappointment for thousands hoping to catch the performance on TV at home in the U.K. - following weeks of discussions between the Stones and the BBC, the network's live coverage only began midway through the band's set.