A swaggering Mick Jagger, dressed in black sequins and red
satin — later donning a red feather boa — strutted across the
stage, showing little sign of his advancing years as he sang
hits including "It's Only Rock 'n Roll", "Honky Tonk Women",
"Brown Sugar" and "Sympathy for the Devil".
But unlike an appearance by Madonna in the Gulf Arab state in
2012 — which featured erotic dancing, provocative outfits and
bare-chested monks — the concert passed off without controversy.
The band — all in their late 60s and early 70s — delighted fans
who had traveled from around the United Arab Emirates for the
only Middle East show at the start of a tour that moves on to
Japan, Macau, Australia and New Zealand.
"For their first gig in the Middle East, it was magic. It's
history," said British expat Lisa Ball-Lechgar after the
two-hour concert during which Jagger, guitarists Keith Richards
and Ronnie Wood and drummer Charlie Watts performed 19 songs.
(Editing by Robin Pomeroy)
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