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Sunday 16 December 2012
Despite having been the targets of ageism since about 1977, The Rolling Stones' ability to conjure up momentum – not least exorbitant ticket prices – shows no sign of abating. With the group half a century old, and boasting a combined age of roughly 904, social media was a very different place when they last hit the road five years ago (Friends Reunited anyone?).
The relentless manner by which the Stones brand of 2012 has invaded Twitter of late confirms that one of entertainment's most formidable marketing machines of the past 50 years remains at the height of its powers. For those of us unwilling to fork out hundreds for the honour of seeing ol' Jumpin' Jack Flash strutting his stuff on a stage half a mile away, there has been a live Twitter feed of shows, exhaustive in its mission to highlight exactly what the more skint and miserly end of the fan base is missing.
As for the excitable boffin curiously employed to tweet us the lyrics of Brown Sugar during the gigs, I may have judged the said individual harshly.
GlastonburyWI to make debut appearance at Somerset festival
TV reviewIt has taken seven episodes for Game of Thrones season five to hit its stride
FilmPalme d'Or goes to radical and astonishing film that turns conventional thinking about immigrants on its head
Potter's attempt to create an Essex Taj Mahal was a lovely treattv
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Cyclist who knocked down three-year-old girl says his life has been 'destroyed'
- 2 A politically correct lefty goes to see Top Gear live – you'll probably believe what happened next
- 3 Isis burns woman alive for refusing to engage in 'extreme' sex act, UN says
- 4 Puerto Rico, island of lost dreams: People are leaving the debt-hit territory in droves as near neighbour Cuba's star rises
- 5 Snoop Dogg on why he doesn't regret displaying misogyny towards women
Art Garfunkel calls Paul Simon a 'monster' with a Napoleon complex
Eurovision 2015 winner: Sweden beats Russia and Italy to take the title from Conchita Wurst
Dheepan, film review: Palme d'Or prize goes to radical and astonishing film that turns conventional thinking about immigrants on its head
Game of Thrones, The Gift, Season 5, Episode 7: Why two of the show’s most iconic characters just met
Eurovision 2015: Estonia seemingly enters Louis Tomlinson from One Direction
As a white man, I'm surprised more women aren't tweeting the hashtag #KillAllWhiteMen
Scotland may have to leave the EU even if it votes to stay in, David Cameron confirms
The day that Britain resigned as a global power
Almost a third of school pupils believe 'Muslims are taking over our country', study claims
SNP fury as HS2 finds 'no business case' for taking fast train service to Scotland
Gay marriage 'Bert and Ernie' cake bakery found guilty of discrimination in Northern Ireland