The Rolling Stones‘ 50 and Counting Tour pulled in to Newark, New Jersey tonight for the first of two shows at the Prudential Center that will bring the run to a close. The band shook up the setlist a bit from the London and Brooklyn shows and gave the fans a handful of surprises.
Once again the Stones started off with an old school pairing as they kicked off the set with Get Off of My Cloud and The Last Time. It’s Only Rock and Roll was played towards the back half of the set at the first three 50 and Counting shows but tonight it came much earlier. Longtime Stones backing vocalist Lisa Fischer has sat back as Mary J. Blige and Florence Welsh were spotlighted on Gimme Shelter in London and Brooklyn. This evening Fischer finally got her chance to sing the Let It Bleed classic.
John Mayer came out for what was presumed to be a blues cover like The Stones had done with Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton and Gary Clark Jr. at earlier 2012 shows. Instead they teamed up for a run through Respectable from 1978’s Some Girls. Respectable hadn’t been performed since the band’s last tour in 2007. Following Wild Horses came the biggest surprise of the night. In their recently released app the Stones had let fans vote on a song to be played at Saturday night’s One More Shot Pay-Per-View. Mick Jagger told the crowd that they would take a request on this night leading the Stones to dust off a cover of Chuck Berry’s Around and Around for the first time since March 5, 1977. Around and Around was a staple of the group’s early live repertoire. It was performed at both “secret” El Mocambo shows in 1977, one version of which made the Love You Live double album.
Set: [Marching Band Walks Through Arena Playing Sympathy For The Devil] Get Off of My Cloud, The Last Time, It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll (But I Like It), Paint It Black, Gimme Shelter, Respectable (w/ John Mayer on guitar), Wild Horses, Around & Around (Last Time Played – March 5, 1977), Doom and Gloom, One More Shot, Miss You, Honky Tonk Women, Before They Make Me Run, Happy, Midnight Rambler (w/ Mick Taylor), Start Me Up, Tumbling Dice, Brown Sugar, Sympathy For The Devil
Encore: You Can’t Always Get What You Want (w/ The Choir of Trinity Wall Street), Jumpin’ Jack Flash, (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction
Both new songs off GRRR!, Doom and Gloom and One More Shot, followed the bust out. Later, Keith Richards took a turn out front for Before They Make Me Run and Happy. Then, former Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor emerged for Midnight Rambler just as he did for the London shows. While the beginning of the show did see the band switch up the setlist a little, the end of the evening followed the same order as previous 2012 performances. For the first song of the encore, The Stones were joined by The Choir of Trinity Wall Street for You Can’t Always Get What You Want, another trademark of these 50 and Counting shows. Two of the band’s biggest hits, Jumpin’ Jack Flash and (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction, were the evening’s finales.
The Rolling Stones finish the 50 and Counting Tour on Saturday in Newark.