| Mick Jagger performs at Fenway Park in Boston. (Reuters)
Boston, Aug. 22 (Reuters): The Rolling Stones kicked off their latest tour yesterday with a flashy, high-energy concert at Boston’s Fenway Park that made no concession to the band's more than four decades playing pounding rock ‘’ roll.
Led by sinewy lead singer Mick Jagger, the band thrilled the sold-out crowd of 36,000 fans with a show loaded with time-tested favorites but sprinkled with new numbers from their soon-to-be-released album A Bigger Bang.
The concert opened with a bang, with fireworks and flames shooting up from the stage, as the band broke into Start Me Up.
They pulled out all the stops as they ripped through such war horses as Shattered, Beast of Burden, Brown Sugar and Honky Tonk Woman.
They also played Miss You, Sympathy for the Devil and She’s So Cold, a popular tune Jagger told the audience he was not sure they had ever played on stage.
At 62, the satin-clad Jagger showed no signs of slowing down as he swaggered and strutted across the stage, swiveling his hips and pouting his lips.
“A good thing never ends,” he said during one brief pause between songs.
Craggy guitarist Keith Richards, 61, charmed the crowd exchanging riffs with Ron Wood, who at 58 is the “baby” of the group’s core membership, while stoic drummer Charlie Watts, 64, provided the backbone.
New songs included Oh No! Not You Again.
The two-hour show wrapped up with encores You Can’t Always Get What You Want and Only Rock ‘’ Roll (But I Like It).
Jagger made a joking reference to the presence at the show of California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who was reported to have been soliciting wealthy political donors to join him in one of the baseball park’s luxury boxes.
“When we drove up, he was out front, scalping T-shirts and selling a few tickets,” Jagger joked.
Before the show, on an afternoon stroll through Boston, Schwarzenegger said he had seen the Stones many times and admired their “amazing energy”.
“Of course, they look a little different,” said the former bodybuilder. “We all do.”
Not making the show’s set list cut was the Stones’ controversial new song Sweet Neo Con, which has drawn a lot of attention for its criticism of Right-wing politics, religious extremism and corporate scandal.
After touring the US and Canada through early next year, the 1988 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members plan to tour Mexico, South America, the Far East and finally Europe next year.