Mick Jagger sings amid a cloud of butterflies.

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On July 5, 1969, the Rolling Stones headlined a free music festival in London’s Hyde Park, drawing a crowd between 250,000 and 500,000 fans.

The blowout was the Stones’ first public concert in more than two years, meant as the grand debut of the band’s new guitarist, Mick Taylor

The tenor changed, though, with the July 3 death of founding Rolling Stones member Brian Jones, who had left the band a month prior. Jones was found dead in his swimming pool. Coroners ruled it “death by misadventure.”

After the opening acts, Mick Jagger began the set by calling for silence and reading two stanzas of Percy Bysshe Shelley’s poem Adonais in tribute to Jones Read more…

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1969: Photos of the historic Rolling Stones comeback concert in Hyde Park