Five Rolling Stones Hits They've Only Played Once On This Tour

The Rolling Stones owe nothing to nobody.

Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, have been on stage for so long, they performed over 800 Stones concerts before a man ever walked on the moon.

If at this point in their career, with their world tour being sponsored (sarcastically?) by AARP, if they only want to play a dozen tunes off Hot Rocks and call it a night, they have more than earned that right.

But the Stones don't phone in shows. And, whereas plenty of other groups, younger in age, are calling their tours this summer their final ones, the Stones are neither saying such foolishness, nor are they acting like they're rather be fishing.

Of the 19-20 songs they perform each night, a dozen like "Jumpin' Jack Flash," "Satisfaction," and "Start Me Up," are locked into the set. That leaves room for 7-8 wildcard tunes to keep the show and the musicians on their toes.

Here's five tunes that have only made the set once, so far, in the first dozen gigs of the Hackney Diamonds Tour.

"Emotional Rescue," Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA, 5/30/24

The title track of the 1980 LP that went #1 in the album charts in the US and UK was the record's first single, but the band never played it live until 2013.

In total they'd only performed the song, written by Mick and Keith during a time they were feuding, a mere 20 times. Thanks to a fan vote in Massachusetts, Mick got to go into falsetto for a 21st rendition.

It was the first time the Stones had played it in ten years.

"Like A Rolling Stone," Allegiant Stadium, Las Vegas, 5/11/24

When Mick Jagger introduced the Bob Dylan cover the Stones have performed just once on this tour, so far, in Las Vegas, he looked the audience right in the eyes and lied.

"This [song] was specially written for us by a Nobel Prize Laureate," the singer said while holding up a bottle in which to wet his whistle. It's true that Dylan did win the esteemed honor in 2016 β€œfor having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition,” he wasn't thinking of the Glimmer Twins.

The Bard was thinking about Richie Valens, whose "La Bamba" riff he reworked; and he was inspired by Hank Williams Sr.'s stark "Lost Highway," whose opening lines are:

I'm a rollin' stone, all alone and lost
For a life of sin, I have paid the cost
When I pass by, all the people say
Just another guy on the lost highway

The result was a single clocking in at 6 minutes and 6 seconds that Columbia Records lied about on the label by saying it was 5:59, so as to not scare away radio DJs who preferred three-minute singles, because they could play more of them in an hour.

The Stones have played "their" song 176 times, which is four fewer times than they've performed "Ruby Tuesday," and four more times than they've rocked "Under My Thumb."

"Shattered," Met Life Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey, 5/23/24

On the opening set of their two-night stay in the New Jersey stadium of the New York Giants and New York Jets, the Stones performed their song that got the world to say sha-doobie.

Unlike some of the others on this shortlist, "Shattered" is in the top 25 most-performed tunes in their catalogue, but it looks like they saved it for the city full of money grabbers that allegedly has rats on the west side and bedbugs uptown.

After all these years, it looks like the Stones don't want to diss NYC behind their back.

"Let It Bleed," Jazz Fest, New Orleans, LA, 5/2/24

Dwayne Dopsie playing "Let It Bleed" with the Stones at Jazz Fest

Dwayne Dopsie, the 2x Grammy-nominated Zydeco star, dubbed The King of the Accordion, joined the Stones in a Cajun-flavored version of their 1969 hit.

The song was the title track of the emotionally-made album as the band's founder, Brian Jones, was fired in the middle of the recording. He died a month later.

The Stones waited 12 years to finally play the song live. Attendees of this tour may wait a while to hear it again.

Fun fact: Courtney Love doesn't have a lot of tattoos, but her most prominent one says Let It Bleed across her right arm.

"Sweet Virginia," Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, GA, 6/7/24

If a rock star can't poke fun of a presidential candidate, who can? During that audience vote we talked about earlier, fans in Atlanta chose "Sweet Virginia" over "Wild Horses."

Mick Jagger noticed the winning song received over 11,000 more votes than the one in second place. That's roughly the number of votes the previous POTUS was caught asking the Georgia Secretary of State after the election to help him "find," so he could win the state. Not only did the official not find any such votes, but the man on the other side of that phone call was charged with several felonies for that election interference which allegedly transpired.

Or was all of that a tongue-in-cheek ruse, like what Mick said to the crowd in Vegas?

The Exile on Main St. slow jam has only been played 126 times by the band, one fewer time than "Let It Bleed."

The Stones play tonight in Colorado, then two shows in Chicago before heading to Canada and California.

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