The Rolling Stones are rock stars, even after 50 years

Mick Jagger and company in concert at TD Garden.
Mick Jagger and company in concert at TD Garden.The Boston Globe

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Long before the Rolling Stones arrived in Boston, videos emerged online of the band bringing out special guests at previous tour stops. Tom Waits, Taylor Swift, John Fogerty, Mary J. Blige, Lady Gaga, and Arcade Fire’s Win Butler all turned up to try and 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).

The Stones are on a tour they’re calling “50 & Counting,” referring, of course, to the band’s silver anniversary. The beauty of this new stretch on the road is that the Stones can – and did – play whatever they want.

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