The Rolling Stones have resumed touring following a break to mourn the death of Mick Jagger's longtime girlfriend, L'Wren Scott. The group played its first concert Monday night since March at Norway's Telenor Arena, near Oslo. Jagger did not mention Scott during the show.
According to the BBC, the group spent a week in Oslo rehearsing for the show at film studio complex Filmparken, performing a dress rehearsal Saturday night at Telenor Arena attended by the E Street Band's Steve Van Zandt.
Fans were given the chance to vote for a song before the show, and while Jagger told the crowd the favorite was Norwegian band A-ha's "Take on Me," it was too high-pitched for him to sing. The group ended up playing "Let's Spend the Night Together" for the first time since 2007.
The Rolling Stones - "Jumpin' Jack Flash" at Norway's Telenor Arena
Scott, who had been dating Jagger since 2001, was found dead of an apparent suicide in her New York City apartment in mid March. Jagger was heartbroken by the news, saying, "I am still struggling to understand how my lover and best friend could end her life in this tragic way," in a statement. The band postponed seven dates of its tour of Australia and New Zealand, which it had been on at the time of Scott's death, so Jagger could fly to New York and grieve. As scheduled, the group will play those makeup dates in October and November.
Each of Jagger's bandmates offered words of support to Jagger in their own statements. "Mick's always been my soul brother and we love him," Keith Richards said. Follow guitarist Ron Wood said it was important that the band members pull together to support Jagger. "Needless to say we are all completely shocked, but our first thought is to support Mick at this awful time," drummer Charlie Watts said.
In early May, a memorial for Scott was held in New York City. Mick Jagger, Sarah Jessica Parker and Martin Scorsese were among those who gathered to mourn her loss. The Stones singer shared some thoughts about Scott and sang Bob Dylan's "Just Like a Woman" at the service. A couple of days later, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin dedicated "Fix You" to Jagger at his group's New York City concert.
The Stones' return to the stage in Norway this month found them playing for an audience of 23,000. It was their first show in the country since 2007, and marked the first of a run of 14 European tour dates, set to end at Denmark's Roskilde Festival on July 3rd.