November 30, 2012


Florence Welch Joins the Rolling Stones Live for "Gimme Shelter"

The Rolling Stones' 50th anniversary fiesta is in full swing, kicking off this week in London with their "50 and Counting" run of concerts, proving that, yes, senior citizens can in fact still rock. Mary J. Blige and Jeff Beck, plus Eric Clapton and original Stones members bassist Bill Wyman and guitarist Mick Taylor have all joined the curfew-breaking grandpas onstage, but Thursday night's appearance from Florence + the Machine's Florence Welch was the no-questions-asked highlight, showing just how talented the fiery singer really is. 

In front of 20,000 fans at the sold-out O2 arena, girl held her own trading verse for verse with one of rock's greatest frontman, on one of rock's greatest songs. Bravo, Flo, bravo. Watch video above for proof (Welch appears at the 1:13 mark).

The Stones will head stateside for three New York City-area gigs, starting December 8 at the newly-opened Brooklyn Barclays Center. Then they'll cross the Hudson River for a pair of shows at New Jersey's Prudential Center, December 13 and 15. Which special guests do you hope will join the Stones onstage in the U.S.? On Fuse's wish list: Jay-Z in Brooklyn (hey, Barclays is the house Hova built) and Bruce Springsteen in New Jersey.

Also, read all about the Stones' film retrospective at NYC's Museum of Modern Art, which was recently unveiled with a panel chat between the band and their ol' pal, playwright Tom Stoppard.