A short film narrated by Mick Jagger featuring crowds, happiness and the sheer thrill of being together has been released to kick off the celebrations for the 150th anniversary of the Royal Albert Hall.
The film also includes snippets from Led Zeppelin performing in 1970 and Diana Ross in 1973. Previously unseen footage includes performances by Jimi Hendrix in 1969, Creedence Clearwater Revival in 1970, and Chris Cornell in 2016.
The Rolling Stones frontman reads from WH Auden’s poem For Friends Only in the 90-second clip, an emotional tribute to live music after a year without it.(Guardian)
The film, directed by Tom Harper, intersperses poignant images of the empty venue with more than 40 pieces of concert archive footage dating back to 1933, some of it never seen before.
Jagger, 77, said he was delighted to be be asked to narrate. “Without doubt, the Royal Albert Hall is one of the greatest concert venues in the world,” he said.
His recollections include a 1966 Stones concert that began with what was effectively a mini-riot. Norrie Drummond wrote in his review for the New Musical Express: “Keith Richards was knocked to the ground, Mick was almost strangled, while Brian Jones and Bill Wyman took to their heels, followed closely by dozens of determined fans. Charlie Watts sat quietly behind his drums watching the scene.”