The Rolling Stones To Be Backed By School Choir For 50th Anniversary World Tour Gig

The choir will join them onstage for an encore in Las Vegas

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The Rolling Stones of old were perhaps more accustomed to screaming groupies and manic fans storming the stage, but times appear to have changed for the ageing rockers.

Indeed, when they take to the stage for a show at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday (May 11) they'll be joined by a sobering school choir from nearby Green Valley High School for an encore of anthemic 1969 hit You Can't Always Get What You Want.

The youngsters were chosen by the band – currently back on the road for their 50th anniversary world tour – after getting a recommendation from choir director Kim Ritzer's close pal, a music teacher at the University of Southern California.

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Speaking to KLAS-TV, Ritzer admitted she thought it was 'a joke' after receiving a message from someone she didn't know on Facebook inviting them to sing with the band.

“When I announced it to the kids, I think their parents were more excited than they were because some of them didn't even know who The Rolling Stones were,” she said.

The choir were eventually confirmed to appear the the MGM following an audition via Skype for a band representative based in London – but have only had two weeks to rehearse the song.

New of the band's return to the road has been well received, but ticket sales in the US are understood to have faltered - due, in part, to their cost.

Mick and the gang will also be sporting their wellies this summer for their first ever performance at the Glastonbury Festival in Somerset.

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