The Rolling Stones 'Fined £200,000' For Breaking Curfew At 02 Arena

The Rolling Stones were reportedly fined £200,000 after their gig at the O2 Arena ran over the alloted curfew.

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The Rolling Stones were due to finish their set by 10:30pm on Sunday (Nov 25) night but played for the sell-out crowd until gone 11pm. The band were taken to task over this by the local council, who issued them with the penalty. "It means a big fine - but the guys just do their thing. There wasn't a janitor standing there, jangling his keys, saying. 'I want to go home'", said the band's agent, Bernard Doherty.

Other than the curfew, The Rolling Stones first night at the O2 Arena ran smoothly with former members Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor joining the band alongside by Mary J Blige, who added vocals to "Gimme Shelter", and rocker Jeff Beck, who played guitar on 1969's "I'm Going Down". Bassist Wyman played with the Stones from 1962 until 1992 while guitarist Taylor was with them from 1969 to 1974. This was the first time the two have played with the band since that time.

The show began half an hour late at 8.30pm. A video showed clips of Stones fans including Iggy Pop, Elton John and AC/DC's Angus Young explaining what the Stones mean to them. One of the talking heads, actor Johnny Depp, described their songs as "music that makes you want to do bad things". Next, a tribe of percussionists wearing gorilla masks a nod to the new compilation "GRRR!" paraded around the arena, before the band launched into the Lennon-McCartney-penned "I Wanna Be Your Man", NME reports.

The Rolling Stones will play the O2 Arena again on Thursday (November 29). They will also perform at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on December 8 and at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey on December 13 and 15.

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    jrodgers
    Is anyone else baffled by these 11pm curfews they have everywhere for concerts? If a baseball game is rain delayed or goes into extra innings they'll play all night if they have to and everyone can stay and watch. It be one thing if they just didn't want people drinking at these things till 3am and leaving, but thats why they stop alcohol sales eventually at ballgames. But why does everyone have to leave concerts at 11pm? My curfew was later than that when I was 16 years old
    Philip_pepper
    That's so unfair! The Rolling Stones are such a young band, they need the 200,000 pounds. :/
    splash3
    It kinda' seems like a publicity stunt. I mean this fine is hell lot of money but I doubt wheater it's disappearance from their accounts will make any difference to them. But the message that comes across "Rolling Stones - still breaking rules etc etc" probably is to their benefit. Nothing against them though. I still love them and I am really bummed out that I missed it.
    jaccguitarist
    If people were buying tickets for at least 1,000 (which a lot of people did) this fine would be paid by selling less than 200 tickets.
    stephenunknown
    Poor strapped old chaps. They should have passed some buckets around to the crowd to donate for the extra concert time.
    MurrayThomas
    Imagine the things you could do with that money. You'd be on your way to affording one Rolling Stones ticket. Or, you could buy a Bon Jovi gig out. (DISCLAIMER)NO MATHEMATICAL EQUATIONS WERE CARRIED OUT IN THE MAKING OF THIS.
    cptcomet
    This article is a bit misleading. The curfew wasn't on the O2 arena, it was at their care home. Matron was furious.