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Rolling Stones Glastonbury Festival Debut Draws Rave Reviews From Critics

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The Rolling Stones

"After all these years they finally got around to asking us," quips Mick Jagger at the big U.K. music festival.

LONDON – The Rolling Stones on Saturday night played their long-awaited first-ever headline set at giant U.K. music festival Glastonbury, drawing rave reviews from critics.

The BBC reported Sunday that the rock legends' set lasted two hours and 12 minutes and featured 20 songs in front of a crowd of more than 100,000.

The Telegraph's critic said that the Stones "blew the stage apart" as they "thrilled festival goers," pulling off "one of the greatest rock and roll sets that Glastonbury has ever seen."

The Guardian's review used the headline: "Rolling Stones steal Glastonbury from other debutantes." Said the paper: "The Stones have enough sense of occasion to know that this is a show they can't phone in."

And The Independent wrote: "The notion that this is a Glastonbury moment to compare to Jay-Z's momentous 2008 showing, or Radiohead's famous 1997 is helped by the vast, vast swathes of people."

It added: "The Rolling Stones prove you can always get what you want...Glastonbury 2013 has been, and will be, defined as the year that the Stones finally, finally made it to [festival location] Worthy Farm. Everywhere you look on site a pair of the band's famous lips stares out from a T-shirt -- usually being worn by someone barely old enough to remember Bridges to Babylon."

"The atmosphere was brilliant, and everybody around me loved it," one fan posted in a social forum after the show. Compared to a gig the fan saw in 1990, the Stones' Glastonbury set "didn't quite have the drama that they gave to some of the numbers back then," the post said. "However, it was still very exciting, and Jagger really worked each song."

Mumford & Sons will headline the last night of Glastonbury on Sunday night.

"It's great to be here doing this show," Stones frontman Mick Jagger told the Glastonbury crowd Saturday night, according to NME. "You all look amazing, after all these years they finally got around to asking us." The Stones have been celebrating their 50th anniversary.

The Stones set opened with "Jumpin' Jack Flash" and ended with an encore made up of "You Can't Always Get What You Want" and "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction."

Despite speculation that a big-name guest, such as Adele, may provide guest vocals for "Gimme Shelter," backing vocalist Lisa Fischer sang with the band during the song.

Here is the complete set list, according to NME:

Jumpin' Jack Flash
It's Only Rock 'N Roll (But I Like It)
Paint It, Black
Gimme Shelter
Glastonbury Girl
Wild Horses
Doom And Gloom
Can't You Hear Me Knocking
Honky Tonk Woman
You Got The Silver
Happy
Miss You
Midnight Rambler
2000 Light Years From Home
Sympathy For The Devil
Start Me Up
Tumbling Dice
Brown Sugar

Encore:
You Can't Always Get What You Want
(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction

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