The Rolling Stones release Christmas message to thank fans for their support during 2014

The rock band have completed a world tour

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The Rolling Stones have released a Christmas message to thank fans for making 2014 a memorable year.

The band travelled the globe for their 14 On Fire tour, which saw them play to 1,159,882 fans during 29 shows, which were performed in 19 countries spanning three continents.

In a video published on YouTube, frontman Mick Jagger says the rockers have had a "fabulous time" and expresses his hopes for 2015.

 

2014 has also been a tragic one for Jagger, following the death of his long-term girlfriend, the designer L'Wren Scott. She took her own life on 17 March in her New York apartment, aged 49.

The Stones subsequently postponed the Australia and New Zealand leg of their tour, which led to a multi-million pound insurance battle.

Insurance underwriters contested their liability to meet the costs incurred following the cancellation on the basis that Miss Scott might have been suffering from pre-existing mental health issues that might not have been covered in the policy.

However, last month it was announced that the $12.7 million claim had been settled.

In a statement shortly after Miss Scott’s death, Jagger wrote: "I am still struggling to understand how my lover and best friend could end her life in this tragic way.

"We spent many wonderful years together and had made a great life for ourselves. She had great presence and her talent was much admired, not least by me."

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