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Watch: The Rolling Stones Perform “Mercy, Mercy” for First Time in 50 Years

The Rolling Stones kicked off their rescheduled North American No Filter tour dates last Wednesday evening at FedEx Field in Landover, MD, outside Washington, DC, and the legendary UK rockers reached back in their extensive catalog to unearth a cover they hadn’t played live in just under 50 years.

In a set that featured classics and staples like opener “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” “Tumbling Dice,” “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” “Sympathy for the Devil,” “Paint It Black,” “Start Me Up” and “Brown Sugar,” the Stones threw it back to their early days by offering their rendition of “Mercy, Mercy,” a tune originally by Don Covay that was included on the Stones’ 1965 album Out of Our Heads. Last night was the first appearance of the song in a Stones set since they played it at London’s Hyde Park on July 5th, 1969. Before playing the cover, frontman Mick Jagger dedicated the performance to former Stones guitarist Brian Jones, who passed away 50 years ago to the day on July 3rd, 1969.

Below, watch fan-shot video of last night’s “Mercy, Mercy”

The song “Mercy Mercy” (1st time live since 1969) & Rocks Off (Fan Voting Choice) & You Cant Always Get What You Want, Rolling Stones, FedEx Field, Washington DC 7/3/19; No Filter North American Tour, Night 4 of the tour

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The Rolling Stones have announced dates for the No Filter tour that will bring them to the U.K. and Europe from May to July. It’s the band’s first run of U.K. dates in five years. Pre-sale tickets for most of the 11 stadium shows starts on February. 27th, with sales for the Dublin, France and Czech Republic shows to follow. General sales begin on March 2nd. You can see the full list of dates below.

The Stones won a Grammy last month for their return-to-roots LP Blue & Lonesome in the Best Traditional Blues Album category. It was their third-ever Grammy, not including a Lifetime Achievement Award. A few weeks earlier, Billboard listed Blue & Lonesome as the ninth-biggest album of 2017. The covers set came about by accident as the band prepared to record an album of new original songs; they’d become distracted during the sessions by playing some of their favorite older tunes instead.

The original record remains on hold. Singer Mick Jagger had noted they had only “half an album” of material recorded. ”It’s like putting it on top of the strainer and seeing what soaks through by the time you come back to them again,” guitarist Ron Wood said. “The lumps that are left on top after time has gone by, that’s what you make your dough out of. It wouldn’t surprise me if we recut them all again. It’s one of those things.”

The Stones have now been in business for 56 years, but guitarist Keith Richards wrote on the band’s Twitter account that they “haven’t finished yet. It’s still too early to talk about the Stones’ legacy. There’s one thing that we haven’t yet achieved and that’s to really find out how long you can do this. It’s still such a joy to play with this band that you can’t really let go of it.”

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The Rolling Stones opened their No Filter European tour last night (9th September) with a spectacular show at Stadtpark in Hamburg. The 14-date, 12-venue itinerary got under way with a new stage design, at the first public concert in the location for 28 years. The Rolling Stones kicked off their 2017 No Filter Tour on Saturday 9th September 2017 in Hamburg, Germany. Opening with Sympathy For The Devil they delivered an electrifying set, featuring songs throughout the decades, including Play With Fire and Dancing With Mr. D.

The Stones delighted the massive crowd of 82,000 fans with a 22-song setlist that included many staples of their storied career such as ‘It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll,’ ‘Honky Tonk Woman’, ‘Start Me Up’ and ‘Brown Sugar.’ The band are also featuring a public vote to choose one lesser-performed number from their catalogue for each show. Last night’s winner was ‘Under My Thumb.’


The show also featured several other songs that the Stones feature less often in their set, including ‘Play With Fire’ from Out Of Our Heads and ‘Dancing With Mr. D’ from Goats Head SoupKeith Richards’ traditional vocal feature spot included not just his trademark Exile On Main Ststaple ‘Happy’ but the Steel Wheels gem ‘Slipping Away.’

There was also space in the set for the band to perform ‘Just Your Fool’ and ‘Ride ‘Em On Down,’ from their current, hugely popular blues album Blue & LonesomeThe show reached its climax with ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’,  ‘Gimme Shelter’  and  ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash.’

The tour now moves to the Olympic Park in Munich on Tuesday (12th) where, as last night, the opening act will be the Icelandic band Kaleo. They will be joined at the show in Spielberg, Austria on 16th September by John Lee Hooker Jr. The No Filter tour continues into late October, concluding with three shows on the 19th, 22nd and 25th of that month at the U Arena. Support there comes from Cage The Elephant; other dates feature the Struts, Los Zigarros, de Staat, Rival Sons, the Hellacopters and Leon Bridges.