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Mick Jagger to read poem for the Royal Albert Hall's 150th birthday

The short film pairs images of the pandemic-hit venue with concert footage from as far back as 1933. It includes previously unseen clips of Jimi Hendrix and Creedence Clearwater Revival, alongside Diana Ross’s 1973 debut at the venue, restored footage of Led Zeppelin’s 1970 appearance and film of The Rolling Stones’ infamous 1966 gig. The 90-second video also features archive of Dame Shirley Bassey, George Michael, Luciano Pavarotti, and even Albert Einstein speaking out against the Nazis in 1933.

More recent performances include Adele, Stormzy and Foo Fighters.

Sir Mick said he was “delighted” to be involved in the tribute to “one of the greatest concert venues in the world”. The Rolling Stones’ appearance in 1966 ended with a stage invasion. 

Sir Mick added: “I have some wonderful memories of performing there in the 1960s when once or twice it did get a bit wild, with enthusiastic fans joining us onstage and almost bringing the show to an abrupt end.”

Thanks to Covid, the hall’s doors remain closed for the first time since the Blitz, with its charity losing £34million in income having cancelled more than 330 shows.



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