Rolling Stones debut in China, full house in Shanghai

The Rolling Stones played their first ever mainland China concert on Saturday (8-April) at the Shanghai Grand Stage.

It’s a full house at the 8000 seated indoor stadium, with most of them non-Chinese fans.

Well it’s understandable the lack of Chinese audience, the Rolling Stone concert tickets cost up USD360 (3,000 yuan) and it’s matching a month salary for common Shanghai people.

Still the demand for the tickets had pushed up the ticket price to more than USD600 in the black market.

The China authorities banned 5 songs but with Rolling Stones’ 44-years singing career, the rock band has more than enough songs to play for in the 2 hour show.

As part of their “A Bigger Bang” world tour, the Rolling Stones started the Shanghai concert with their classic hit “Start Me Up” followed by series of its greatest hits.

Chinese rock pioneer Cui Jian appeared as guest and duet with Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger in “Wild Horses”.

The Rolling Stones have been trying to play in China since 80s, but it’s until 2003 that the rockers got the nod from China authorities. The 2003 shows however had to be cancelled due to SARS outbreak.

Well it’s 2006, at last.. the Stones r Rolling in China.