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Jagger wows fans with Norwegian skills

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Jagger wows fans with Norwegian skills
Mick Jagger, Ron Wood, Keith Richards Richards and Charlie Watts on stage during Monday's Rolling Stones concert in Telenor Arena in Bærum. Photo: Terje Bendiksby / NTB Scanpix
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Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger delighted fans at Oslo's Telenor Arena on Monday night when he rolled out two sentences of surprisingly passable Norwegian.
"Det er fantastisk å være tilbake i Norge," the 70-year-old yelled at the audience after opening the show with a rousing version of  Jumping Jack Flash. "Det er alt jeg kan på norsk." 
 
The rocker's stab at Norwegian -- which means simply "It's good to be back in Norway. That's all I know how to say in Norwegian" -- got an approving mention in several of the almost universally positive reviews of the show. 
 
The concert was the Stones' first since March, when the band put their tour on hold following the suicide of Jagger's  girlfriend, the designer L' Wren Scott. To get back in form after two months off, they spent five days in Oslo before the concert, practicing at Filmparken, a film studio in Bærum. 
 
The practice clearly paid off, as the band's energetic performance, which saw them power through all of the sure-fire favourites from their fifty-year career, bringing in Bergen's Edvard Grieg Youth Choir for "You Can't Always Get What You Want", and bringing onstage the early 1970s Stones guitarist Mick Taylor for an extended jam on Midnight Rambler. 
 
The band had spent five days practicing at Filmparken, a film studio in Bærum outside Oslo before the concert, meeting Norway-phile rocker Steve Van Zandt for a dinner at the Theatercaféen in central Oslo. 
 
Van Zandt, the guitarist in Bruce Springsteen's E Street band, was in the country to film a new series of Lilyhammer, a Norwegian-American TV series in which he plays a mafioso sent to Norway as part of a witness relocation programme. 
 
On Sunday, Mick Jagger posted a picture of himself on Twitter visiting the sculptures in Oslo's Vigeland Park. 
 
The band's next concert will be in Lisbon, Portugal on May 29th.
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