7/5/69: The 'Stones Play Historic Hyde Park Show

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via mashable The Rolling Stones gave their homeland fans a big thrill on this date in 1969. They performed a free concert in London's Hyde Park to an estimated crowd of over a quarter-of-a-million people. it turned out to be their first public show in over two years, and was supposed to mark the big debut of the band's new guitarist, Mick Taylor. However, it turned out to be more of a solemn occasion dedicated to founding member, Brian Jones. The guitarist had just passed away 2 days before the scheduled show at Hyde Park and just left the group a month prior to that. Mick Jagger took to the stage to deliver a poem to eulogize Jones before boxes of live Butterflies were released over the crowd. After that, the 'Stones proceeded with a 14-song set, ending up with an 18-minute rendition of “Sympathy for the Devil.” Below is some footage shot during "Midnight Rambler"

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