Stones roll back into Hyde Park
The Rolling Stones returned to London’s Hyde Park after 44 years with a concert that saluted both the band’s past and the fleetingly idyllic English summer. Mick Jagger even donned a frock for the occasion.
The band played an outdoor gig for 65,000 people Saturday in the same venue as a landmark 1969 show performed two days after the death of founding member Brian Jones.
It’s most often remembered for the vast crowd of more than 200,000, for Jagger quoting Percy Bysshe Shelley as eulogy to Jones – and for the white dress Jagger wore onstage.
Jagger took the stage in a similar white smock Saturday for a rendition of “Honky Tonk Women,” a song the band also played in 1969.
“Just something I found in the back,” he said.
Much else has changed since 1969. Then, the concert was free. On Saturday, some fans had paid $300 a ticket. Jagger turns 70 this month, drummer Charlie Watts is 72, and guitarist Keith Richards is 69.
“It’s taken a while, but we got back,” Richards said.
Former band member Mick Taylor, who played with the band for the first time at the 1969 show, joined the Stones onstage for “Midnight Rambler.”
Saatchi says he’s divorcing Lawson
Prominent art collector Charles Saatchi said Sunday he is divorcing his celebrity chef wife Nigella Lawson because she did not publicly defend his reputation after images emerged of him grasping her throat in a posh London restaurant.
Tabloid newspapers last month published photos of the incident, which Saatchi described as a “playful tiff” during an intense debate about the couple’s children.
Saatchi was given a police “caution” after admitting assault.
He told Britain’s Mail on Sunday newspaper that he was “sorry” to announce he will be divorcing Lawson, adding that they have become “estranged.”
“I am disappointed that (Nigella) was advised to make no public comment to explain that I abhor violence of any kind against women, and have never abused her physically in any way,” he said.
Lawson, 53, and Saatchi, 70, married in 2003.
The birthday bunch
Singer Jerry Vale is 83. Actor Jeffrey Tambor (“Arrested Development”) is 69. Actress Kim Darby is 66. Children’s singer Raffi is 65. Actress Anjelica Huston is 62. Actor Kevin Bacon is 55. Country singer Toby Keith is 53. Singer Joan Osborne is 51. Actor Billy Crudup (“Almost Famous”) is 45. Actor Michael Weatherly (“NCIS”) is 45. Singer Beck is 43. Actor Milo Ventimiglia (“Heroes”) is 36. Actress Sophia Bush (“One Tree Hill”) is 31. Actor Jaden Smith (“The Pursuit of Happyness”) is 15.