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Rolling Stones surprise super fan at retrospective gallery

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One longtime Rolling Stones fan got some serious satisfaction recently when the legendary British rock ‘n’ roll band surprised him on his visit to their new career-spanning exhibit. New Yorker Alex Emanuel won a trip to London to explore Exhibitionism, the retrospective held at the Saatchi Gallery, but was caught unaware when Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, and Ronnie Wood crept up behind him.

“It’s going to sound silly, but for a moment I thought I was a member of the Rolling Stones,” Emanuel said after the encounter. “Alright, I suppose I can die now. It’s not every day you get to meet your idols.” Emanuel also described an encounter with Richards any Stones fan would dream of: “I said to Keith, ‘I’m a bass player — let’s jam?’ And Keith said, in his rasping voice, ‘Well, alright, let’s jam.’ I really think Keith was ready to play!”

Exhibitionism chronicles the band’s 54-year history with nine galleries loaded with stage costumes, instruments, touring paraphernalia, photos, personal notes, artwork, and other Stones ephemera. The exhibit opened in April and runs through September.

The Rolling Stones made waves in March when they performed for 1.2 million people in Cuba and have hinted they’ll release a new album in 2016. This fall, the band will join five other classic artists, including Paul McCartney and Bob Dylan, for two weekends of shows at the Desert Trip festival in Indio, California.

See footage of Emanuel’s encounter with the Stones below.