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Stones ‘Shine’ At London Film Premiere

From out of the gloom on a drizzly London night, the spotlight fell squarely on the Rolling Stones as Martin Scorsese’s concert film “Shine a Light” got the red carpet treatment in the capital.

Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood were all present for the European premiere of their movie last night (April 2), which was screened at London’s Leicester Square Odeon and beamed by satellite to an estimated 100-plus cinemas nationwide, according to the theater chain.

In thanking Scorsese, who “directed the picture in a really wonderful way,” Jagger described the Oscar-winning director as “a very interesting and good guy to work with. In this movie, there are no deaths. There is no violence,” Jagger joked to the audience in his introductory speech, “but there is a very tragic ending, so get your hankies out.”

The “rockumentary” had raised the curtain to the Berlin Film Festival in February to enormous fanfare, and got a similar reception on what has been described as the biggest cinematic launch of its kind in Britain.

Celebrities were scattered throughout the venue, including members of Oasis, Klaxons and the Horrors. Liam Gallagher’s favorite Rolling Stone, the audience learned from an interview conducted on the red carpet, was the late Brian Jones.

The Twentieth Century Fox title gets its U.K. general cinema release from April 11, following the April 7 street date of the accompanying 22-track double live CD, which will be released internationally by Universal Music/Polydor. A single-disc version is also available in the U.S.

“Shine a Light” was recorded Oct. 29 and Nov. 1, 2006, at New York’s Beacon Theatre, with guests appearances from Buddy Guy, Jack White and Christina Aguilera. The film is intercut with some delicious, sometimes hilarious, archival footage.