The Rolling Stones were joined onstage by Eric Clapton last night, November 29, in the second of two London O2 Arena shows celebrating the band's 50th anniversary. Following in the footsteps of fellow guitar great Jeff Beck, who performed with the Stones Sunday night, Clapton joined the band to rip through another blues standard, Muddy Waters' "Champagne & Reefer," which the band also performed with Buddy Guy several years ago.
This past Sunday night at London's O2 Arena, The Rolling Stones performed the first of five 50th-anniversary shows, which are scheduled through December 15. Several guest stars joined the band that night, including Jeff Beck (who was offered a chance to be in the Stones at one point) and former Stones Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor, who brought along a Bigsby-equipped, vintage Les Paul.
It looks like all the recent covert activity by members of the Rolling Stones -- including recent reports of recording sessions and rehearsals -- is indeed leading to something. The Stones have announced they'll play four shows later this year in celebration of their 50th anniversary as a band. The shows will mark their first live appearances since 2007.