The Rolling Stones were prevented from finishing their 50th anniversary tour London concert (review here) with their signature song Satisfaction because of a strict curfew banning live music from finishing past 11pm. Read more >>
Andy Davey's brilliant cartoon from The Sun shows the Stones on stage at the O2 Arena. The concert is being stopped by two Health and Safety officials. One of them has just switched off the power, and the other is carrying a tray with mugs of cocoa. He tells the Stones, "That's it gents - 11 o'clock - time for your cocoa." The OAPs in the audience are not happy at having their concert interrupted. One of them waves a walking stick, while another throws a pair of bloomers at Jagger (a reference to appreciative female fans throwing knickers at male singers such as Tom Jones).
The joke is that the Stones are now so old (singer Mick Jagger is 69, and guitarist Keith Richards 68) that they should be thinking about going to bed with a cup of cocoa (i.e., hot chocolate) rather than playing a rock concert.
1. As a joke, Health and Safety is sometimes written 'Elf 'n' Safety.
2. Gents is short for Gentlemen.
• Rolling Stones play 50th anniversary concert at London's O2 Arena – video (The Guardian)
• The Rolling Stones in Hull, 1964 – British Pathé video (The Guardian)