Keith Richards was back on stage in Milan on Tuesday night and received a rapturous welcome from his adoring fans.
The 62-year-old guitarist played his first live show with The Rolling Stones since undergoing major brain surgery ten weeks ago.
Keith marched onto the stage and played the opening chords to the band's classic hit 'Jumpin' Jack Flash' to deafening cheers from the crowd at Milan's San Siro football stadium.
The audience were even more pleased when singer Sir Mick Jagger announced that two members of the winning Italian World Cup team, Alessandro Del Piero and Marco Materazzi, were present.
Jagger, 59, joked: "Keith and Materazzi have something in common. They've both had head problems."
Meterazzi was head-butted in the chest during the World Cup Final, by French player Zinedine Zidane on Sunday.
Keith had to have his head drilled so fluid could be drained from his brain after he hit his head when he fell out of a tree in Fiji.
Earlier this week, the legendary rocker revealed that the tree had not been any bigger than a knee high shrub, rather than a huge coconut tree as was first reported.
Keith said: "If you saw the tree, you would realise the joke. It certainly was not a coconut tree. Fiji has other trees, too. It was just a little tree. You wouldn't believe it if you saw it."
Keith looked happy and healthy during the band's two hour set, which marked the start of the European leg of their 'A Big Bang' world tour. Keith's wife Patti Hansen watched the concert from backstage, along with Mick Jagger's girlfriend L'Wren Scott.