Coming to Showtime on December 20th will be the Rolling Stones' latest concert documentary, Sweet Summer Sun: The Return To Hyde Park. The band returned to Hyde Park on July 6th and 13th, 2013 for the first time in 44 years when they ushered in their classic second era performing the legendary free 1969 show. The Stones, who first played the Park on July 5th, 1969, had intended the concert -- which was their first in two years -- to be the formal introduction of new guitarist Mick Taylor. Back then, with co-founder Brian Jones drowning on July 3rd, the concert quickly changed gears to serve as a memorial to Jones.
The band's summer 2013 shows in front of 65,000 fans were a far cry from the band's 1969 gig, which saw the Stones unrehearsed, horribly out of tune, and still unsure as how to play to a massive crowd -- which was believed to top out at around 200,000.
- Sweet Summer Sun: The Return To Hyde Park was directed by Paul Dugdale and features new performances of the band greatest hits, featuring a special appearance by former Stones guitarist Mick Taylor.
- Highlights include such Mick Jagger/Keith Richards classics as "Start Me Up," "Brown Sugar," "Jumpin' Jack Flash," "Miss You," "It’s Only Rock N' Roll," "Gimme Shelter," "You Can't Always Get What You Want," and “(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction," among others.
- We asked Mick Jagger if while looking back at the Stones' first half-century, he focuses on the positive or dwells on the negative: "Bad times. There's lots of bad times in the career. Y'know, the Rolling Stones had a pretty long career and obviously there's been, like, good things and bad things. People die, and y'know. So. . . but I mean I guess most of the times it's been pretty positive."
- Check your local listings for stations and times for the Rolling Stones' Sweet Summer Sun: The Return To Hyde Park.
CHECK IT OUT: The Stones in 1969 performing "Mercy Mercy," "Stray Cat Blues," and "No Expectations" live in Hyde Park:
CHECK IT OUT: The Stones in 2013 performing "Jumpin' Jack Flash" live in Hyde Park:
Mick Jagger On Good Times And Bad Times
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