72 years ago, The Rolling Stones held their iconic Hyde Park concert

On July 5, 1969, the English band The Rolling Stones participated in a free concert in Hyde Park Londres before 250 thousand people.

The Stones’ performance was a heartfelt tribute to the recently deceased guitarist and founder of the group. Brian Jones.

At that time, Mick Jagger read an excerpt from the poem “Adonis” by Percy Bysshe Shelley. At the same time 3,500 butterflies were released and it was the debut of guitarist Mick Taylor.

It was the first public concert of The Rolling Stones in more than two years. And it was planned as the introduction of the new guitarist, Mick Taylor. Although circumstances inevitably changed after the death of the former member Brian Jones two days before.

The band rehearsed in The Beatles’ studio in a basement on Savile Row. Already Mick Jagger Y Keith Richards they came up with a 14 song set.

Fans began pouring into the park with candles on July 4 in honor of Jones, and by the morning of July 5, 7,000 people had already gathered.

Iconic concert

The setlist of his performance was I’m Yours & I’m Hers, Jumpin ‘Jack Flash. Mercy Mercy, Down Home Girl, Stray Cat Blues,  Loving Cup, Love in Vain, (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction, Honky Tonk Women, Midnight Rambler, Street Fighting Man y  Sympathy for the Devil.

During the 18-minute performance of Sympathy for the Devil, several African tribal drummers joined the band.

While the event is considered memorable by several critics, they also agree that it was not one of the Stones’ best performances, and the guitars played during the concert were out of tune.

In a 1971 interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Keith Richards evaluated their performance: “We played pretty bad until near the end, because we hadn’t played for years … Nobody cared, because they just wanted to hear us play again.”