LONDON - The Rolling Stones are showing no signs of wear and tear -- except on their aging, heavily lined faces -- as they mark the 50th anniversary of their debut as an American-oriented blues band.

The Stones made a triumphant return to the London stage on Sunday night in the first of five concerts to mark the music milestone.

Frontman Mick Jagger swaggered and strutted through a stellar two-and-a-half hour show before a packed crowd at London's 02 Arena. He looked remarkably trim and fit and was in top vocal form.

Former bassist Bill Wyman and guitar master Mick Taylor joined their old mates for the show.

It was the first of five mega-shows to mark the passage of 50 years since the band first appeared in a small London pub determined to pay homage to the masters of American blues.

Jagger took time out from singing to thank the crowd for its loyalty.

The 50th anniversary show will be followed by one more in London, then three in the greater New York area.

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