LONDON (AFP) - The Rolling Stones rocked London on Sunday, thrilling a 20,000 crowd with the first of five concerts to mark their 50th anniversary.

Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood were joined by their original bass player Bill Wyman at the O2 Arena as the ageing rockers performed their first major concert for five years. Lead singer Jagger made light of criticism of the ticket prices for the sold-out gig — fans had paid up to £406 ($650, 500 euros) for a standard seat, and thousands of pounds more on ticket re-selling sites.

“How’re you doing in the cheap seats? They’re not that cheap though, that’s the problem,” Jagger joked as the concert began.

The band opened with “I Want to be Your Man”, with 69-year-old Jagger strutting around the giant stage dressed in a silver jacket and trilby, before launching into “Get Off of My Cloud”.