Rolling Stones' 'Return to Hyde Park' Documentary Coming to Showtime

'Sweet Summer Sun' chronicles the band's historic show

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December 9, 2013 3:05 PM ET

Rolling Stones fans who missed the band's Hyde Park show last summer (and didn't want to buy the DVD) have another chance to witness the historic event. Showtime will be airing the concert documentary Sweet Summer Sun – Return to Hyde Park later this month.

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Nearly 44 years after the Rolling Stones' legendary free concert in the central London park, the band revisited the site as they were celebrating 50 years together. More than 100,000 fans filled Hyde Park for the two concerts this past July. Joined by former bandmate Mick Taylor, who made his live debut on guitar with the band at the Hyde Park concert in 1969, the Stones played a mix of classic hits including "Gimme Shelter," "Sympathy for the Devil," "Start Me Up," and "You Can't Always Get What You Want."

"It was a great gig. . . It was beautiful with the sun going down over Hyde Park," Mick Jagger said of the show on the band's website. "I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the Rolling Stones' 50 than doing it on our home patch in front of 100,000 people on a glorious summer night…enjoy it… we certainly did." The band was so pleased with the event that they also released cuts from the concerts as a live album on iTunes later that month.

Directed by Paul Dugdale, the two-hour documentary includes rare backstage and behind-the-scenes footage in addition to the concert highlights. It came out on DVD and Blu-ray on November 11th just after a worldwide theatrical release. 

Showtime will give the film its world television premiere on Friday, December 20th at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. 

Watch the band perform "Jumpin' Jack Flash" below:

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