'Welcome to the Palm Springs retirement home!' Mick Jagger, 73, cracks joke at 'Oldchella' festival - that is uniting Stones, The Who, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney and Neil Young
They may be of pensionable age, but the Rolling Stones rocked out with the energy of much younger musicians in California on Friday night as part of the Desert Trip festival.
Front man Mick Jagger, 73, even made a joke poking fun at the line up, which includes Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan and The Who, telling an excited crowd: 'Welcome to the Palm Springs retirement home for genteel musicians.'
Sporting an array of colourful ensembles, the band - Mick, Ronnie Wood, Keith Richards and Charlie Watts, put on a lively performance, even giving fans a taster of their new album.
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Rocking the stage! The Rolling Stones rocked out with the energy of much younger musicians in California on Friday night as part of the Desert Trip festival
Getting the crowd going, they started the show with hit songs Start Me Up and You Got Me Rocking, as Rolling Stones' lead singer Mick joked the concert was 'Coachella for old people'.
Neil Young and Roger Waters were also due to perform on the same stage at the Empire Polo Club in Indio Valley, California.
And giving fans an exciting preview of their upcoming album scheduled for release in December, they introduced a remake of a 1955 Eddie Taylor blues, 'Ride 'Em On Down.'
'Welcome to the Palm Springs retirement home for genteel musicians!' Mick Jagger joked four songs into their performance
Still got it! Sporting an array of colourful ensembles, the band - Mick (pictured), Ronnie Wood, Keith Richards and Charlie Watts, put on a lively performance, even giving fans a taster of their new album
A few songs later, they sang the Beatles classic, Come Together, after Bob Dylan performed his set.
Ticket sales for the so-called Desert Trip festival went on sale with talk of seeing, in the words of The Who's Roger Daltrey, 'the greatest remains of an era' for one final time.
With more than 150,000 people attending, the festival — which was two years in the making — was predicted to make at least £117 million in ticket sales, hospitality and merchandising.
Getting the crowd going! They starting the show with hit songs Start Me Up and You Got Me Rocking
No painting it black: The Stones sported colorful blazers and skinny black jeans for the show
The performance comes after the Rolling Stones announced their first new album in ten years.
They've been busy touring the globe for the past 12 months, performing everywhere from South America to Cuba.
And somewhere in-between their manic schedule and their personal commitments, The Rolling Stones managed to find the time to record new album, Blue & Lonesome.
The LP's name gives away what musical gems fans can expect to hear, as the legendary rockers' first studio effort in 10 years is all about blues music.
Old hand: Bob Dylan, 75, performed a few classic numbers before the Stones
Welcome to Palm Springs: The energetic frontman joked about the 'Oldchella' line-up being a retirement home
Still got it: Jagger may be 73-years-old but he displayed the energy of a man nearly half his age
The album is completely influenced by the band's beginnings, where the young rag-tag group would play their own brand of 'the blues' from Richmond to Eel Pie Island in London.
Sir Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood locked themselves away in a London studio for three days to record the album.
Ronnie let slip the influences for the album earlier this year, saying: 'We went in to cut some new songs, which we did. But we got on a blues streak.
He's electric: The frontman sported shiny blue trousers and an orange and blue top for the performance despite the desert heat
No stopping them! They've been busy touring the globe for the past 12 months, performing everywhere from South America to Cuba
Raking it in: With more than 150,000 people attending, the festival — which was two years in the making — was predicted to make at least £117 million in ticket sales, hospitality and merchandising
'We cut 11 blues in two days. They are extremely great cover versions of 'Howlin' Wolf' and 'Little Walter', among other blues people. It [the album] sounded so authentic.'
Joined by long-time touring partners bassist Daryl Jones and Chuck Leavell on keyboards, the icons headed in to British Grove Studios to record a spontaneous and live studio album.
Penning and recording 12 tracks over 72 hours, the band were also joined on two of the tracks by fellow guitar-wielding icon, Eric Clapton.
Iconic: Jagger later changed to a T-shirt with the famous tongue logo
Still going strong: The Stones recently announced the release of a new album
As usual Mick and Keith played a big role in refining the music and putting that special Stones sheen on the final product, though they were joined on production duties by Don Was.
Speaking about the Stones' latest effort, Was - who has worked with the likes of Iggy Pop, Bob Dylan and Ringo Star - said:
'This album is manifest testament to the purity of their love for making music, and the blues is, for the Stones, the fountainhead of everything they do.'
When they were young: The album recalls the early days of the band (seen in 1963), when they played the music of Jimmy Reed, Willie Dixon, Eddie Taylor, Little Walter and Howlin' Wolf
Look-a-like: Sharing another candid snap from the highly-anticipated gig, Catherine posted a pic with her mini-me daughter Carys
Travelling in style: Fellow A-list star Rob Lowe and wife Sheryl Berkoff also attended the gig, arriving at the Indio based event in a helicopter
Family affair: Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones made sure to make time for each other as they enjoyed a family night out with their two children - Dylan, 16, and Carys, 13 - at The Rolling Stones' set at Desert Trip on Friday
The album recalls the early days of the band, when they played the music of Jimmy Reed, Willie Dixon, Eddie Taylor, Little Walter and Howlin' Wolf.
The tracks listing for Blue & Lonesome is: Just Your Fool, Commit A Crime, Blue and Lonesome, All Of Your Love, I Gotta Go, Everybody Knows About My Good Thing, Ride 'Em On Down, Hate To See You Go, Hoo Doo Blues, Little Rain, Just Like I Treat You, I Can't Quit You Baby.
The band's last studio album, Bigger Bang, was recorded in 2005, and proceeded a world-tour.
Blue & Lonesome is available for pre-order now, and will be released by Polydor Records worldwide on December 2 2016.
Get blue: The album is available for pre-order now, and will be released by Polydor Records worldwide on December 2 2016
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