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Tickets for Stones concert in Hyde Park sell out in 5 minutes

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London, Apr 5 (EFE).- The 65,000 tickets that went on sale Friday for the Rolling Stones' July 6 concert in London's Hyde Park were snapped up in five minutes, despite a price that many criticized as too high.

It was only Wednesday that the band announced it would be performing at Hyde Park for the first time in 44 years.

Calling the response "incredible," AEG Live promoter Rob Hallett said the tickets likely would have sold out in seconds if "the system could handle it."

Regular tickets sold for 95 pounds ($145), while fans who paid 299 pounds ($457) for a hospitality package "will get looked after in a way they have never known before," Hallett said.

But the Stones want even those with regular tickets to get the chance to be "right at the front of the stage staring at the whites of their eyes, not 200 yards away," according to Hallett.

The band's only previous show in Hyde Park was on July 5, 1969, which came just two days after the death of guitarist and founding member Brian Jones and was the Stones' first public set with his replacement, Mick Taylor.

The Stones' Hyde Park gig will follow their June 29 appearance at the Glastonbury music festival. Both dates are part of the 50 and Counting tour, marking the band's half-century in the limelight.

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