Rolling Stones Face Fine for Keeping London Up So Late
The ageless rebels in the Rolling Stones played past their curfew on Sunday at London's 02 Arena and now face a stiff fine from stodgy city officials.
Mick, Keith, Charlie and Ron were supposed to cap their first 50th Anniversary show at 10:30 p.m., but instead kept on rocking until about 11:05. According the The Sun newspaper, the fine could be around £200,000 ($320,000 USD).
"It means a big fine -- but the guys just do their thing," Bernard Doherty, the band's agent, said. "There wasn't a janitor standing there, jangling his keys, saying. 'I want to go home'."
It's a good thing the Stones defied the rules, or fans may not have heard show closer "Jumpin' Jack Flash." Read a full review of the show here.
This is the second time in rececnt months that London's curfew has impacted a show by rock legends; Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney had their microphones cut off in July when a concert in the city's Hyde Park went long.
After one more show at 02, on Thursday, the Stones will then travel to the U.S. to play Brooklyn's Barclays Center on Dec. 8 and the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ on Dec. 13 and 15.