The final show on the Rolling Stones’ brief 2012 50th Anniversary Tour on Saturday contained several elements that could constitute a fantasy rock concert, but also included an acknowledgment of the horrific reality that had taken place a day before in Newtown, Conn.
"We just wanted to send our love and condolences to all the people who lost loved ones in the tragedy in Connecticut," Mick Jagger told the crowd at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., and to the broader audience looking on during the pay-per-view live cablecast of the show. He further noted that people around the world were sharing the pain being felt throughout the U.S. after the shootings in Newtown left more than two dozen people dead, 20 of them children.
The remainder of the evening, however, was given over to celebrating the band’s half century together, an event for which founding members Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and longtime guitarist Ron Wood were joined by Bruce Springsteen, Lady Gaga, the Black Keys, John Mayer and Gary Clark Jr. as well as former Stones guitarist Mick Taylor.
Shortly ahead of the concert, Springsteen noted in a video clip promoting the pay-per-view element, “I’m here rehearsing with the Rolling Stones -- never thought I’d hear those words coming out of my mouth.”