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50 years on, the Rolling Stones are still rock stars

Long before the Rolling Stones arrived in Boston, videos emerged online of the band bringing out special guests at earlier tour stops. Tom Waits, Taylor Swift, John Fogerty, Mary J. Blige, Lady Gaga, and Arcade Fire’s Win Butler all turned up to try to hold their own alongside Mick Jagger and the boys. Emphasis on the word “try.”

As random as they seemed, those cameos got at the heart of what has made the Rolling Stones so timeless: Their music cuts across generations and genres, a fact boldly noted at Wednesday’s performance at TD Garden. At 12,101 attendees, it was nearly sold out, and a second show is set for Friday (with tickets still available).

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