By Humphrey Carter
THE Rolling Stones flew into Palma yesterday onboard a private Jumbo from Montreal after their special Toronto concert on Wednesday afternoon.
At 2.30pm the Jumbo touched down at Palma's Son San Joan airport where immigration were waiting to board the plane to carry out passport control.
Then, one by one, Keith Richards, Ronnie Woods, Charlie Watts and Mick Jagger with his new girlfriend L'Wren Scott, emerged from the giant private jet. However, while Watts, Moon and Richards with the partners and bodyguards slipped into three black Mercedes, Jagger and Scott nipped across the runway to a much smaller private jet and took off for Ibiza where Jagger's daughter Jade lives.
The three other band members were then whisked straight off the runway and out of the airport to the luxury spa Hotel Mardavall.
They arrived at the hotel, surrounded by tight security with only hotel guests permitted access, just after 3pm.
Following close behind was a coach carrying the rest of the band and Rolling Stones entourage.
The band has come to Majorca to relax ahead of Tuesday night's concert in Benidorm. Keith Richards was spotted enjoying a brandy and a cigar shortly after checking in They will be continuing the European leg of their 40 Licks tour. It is understood that the Stones have a number of activities planned during their four-day stay on the island.
Only last Saturday Mick Jagger celebrated his 60th birthday and for the past few summers has always popped up at one or two of the major social events in Ibiza. But, all four of the Rolling Stones together have never been to the Balearics before.
But while the Stones relax in Majorca and Ibiza, work is already underway in Benidorm ahead of Tuesday's night concert for 30'000 people.
Over 450 members of the police, Red Cross, Civil protection and fire service have been brought together to ensure maximum levels of public safety and security. Local Police chiefs admitted yesterday that organising a Rolling Stones concert at the peak of the summer season when the resort is full, “is not easy.” CONFUSION
Special out-of-town car parks are being set up for concert ticket holders and a fleet of buses will ferry people to and from the concert and large areas of the resort will be closed to traffic until 4am. Yesterday sources for the promotor of the 40 Licks tour in Spain, unaware at the time of the Stones already having checked into their Majorcan hotel, said that the band was expected to arrive in Benidorm for a short holiday today “but they always try and cause some confusion to avoid the press and interviews, so anything could happen.” Exactly. Only a handful of people knew of the Rolling Stones' pending arrival in Majorca and they are not travelling light.
The whole entourage must have booked at least 20 rooms at the hotel, which is full, and are unlikely to start piling back into three Mercedes, a mini-bus and a coach today to fly across to the mainland after a trans-Atlantic flight to Palma from Canada. The arrival of the Stones in Palma this week has certainly livened up the summer and is guaranteed to keep members of the press busy until they depart for the mainland.


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