Despite the wrinkles on the faces of The Rolling Stones, time seems to be standing still for the bandmembers, who returned in fine form to London's Hyde Park on the weekend for a recreation of their iconic concert there more than four decades ago.

On Saturday, 44 years and a day after the previous concert, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards once again sang and played for tens of thousands of fans accompanied by two other long-time "Stones" - bass player Ron Wood and drummer Charlie Watts.

It was on July 5, 1969, that Jagger walked out onto the stage dressed in white and recited a poem by Percy Bysshe Shelley in honor of his guitarist Brian Jones, who had died two days earlier and in whose memory the singer released thousands of butterflies into the London sky.

On Saturday, Sir Mick, who will celebrate his 70th birthday in less than three weeks, wore a leather jacket designed by his current girlfriend, L'Wren Scott, with a butterfly on it, another nod to Jones, and without another word launched into "Start Me Up," the Stones' 1981 hit.

It was the perfect kickoff for the band after the concertgoers had heard opening acts through the hot afternoon and early evening by The Vaccines, The Temper Trap, Gary Clark Jr. and King Charles.

The Stones performed many of their greatest hits, including "Gimme Shelter" (1969), "Jumpin' Jack Flash" (1968), "Sympathy for the Devil" (1968) and "Brown Sugar" (1971).

And, with the crowd wanting more after the standard sets were through, the Stones came back onstage for a couple of encores, treating their fans to "You Can't Always Get What You Want" (1969) and "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction (1965). EFE