"The Stones in the Park" - A Tribute to Founding Member Brian Jones

July 4, 2016

On July 5th of 1969...

The Rolling Stones put on 'The Stones in the Park'...

A free concert at London's Hyde Park

in front of a crowd estimated at between 250,000 and 500,000 fans

which becomes a tribute to their founding member Brian Jones who died two days earlier... 

It was the Stones' first public concert in over two years

and was planned as an introduction of new guitarist ‘Mick Taylor’

though circumstances inevitably changed

following the death of former member Brian Jones two days earlier…

The band rehearsed at the Beatles' 3 Savile Row studio in London...

Jagger and Richards came up with a 14-song set…

The Hyde Park concert would be the first time

many of the songs had been played before a public audience…

Fans started to arrive at the park...

with candles on 4 July in tribute to Jones

By the morning of July 5th…

7,000 people had already gathered…

Mick Jagger read a short eulogy...

reading two stanzas of Percy Bysshe Shelley's poem

on John Keats's death ‘Adonaïs’ from a calf-bound book…

After this recital…

several hundred cabbage white butterflies were released…

The set list for their performance was:

"I'm Yours & I'm Hers"…"Jumpin' Jack Flash"…"Mercy Mercy"…"Down Home Girl"…"Stray Cat Blues"…"No Expectations"…"I'm Free"…"Loving Cup"…"Love in Vain"…"(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"…"Honky Tonk Women"…"Midnight Rambler"…"Street Fighting Man"…and "Sympathy for the Devil"…!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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