It seems as though the Rolling Stones gave given their biggest hit of the 1970’s — “Brown Sugar” — the elbow out of their nightly setlists. The band, who last performed their first chart-topper of the 1970’s back on August 30th, 2019 in Miami, have kept the tune out of its regular slot in their recent encores.
Co-writer Keith Richards touched upon the recent wave of “cancel culture,” telling The Los Angeles Times the 1971 classic’s banishment was racially motivated: “You picked up on that, huh? I’m trying to figure out with the sisters quite where the beef is. Didn’t they understand this was a song about the horrors of slavery? But they’re trying to bury it. At the moment I don’t want to get into conflicts with all of this s***. But I’m hoping that we’ll be able to resurrect the babe in her glory somewhere along the track.”
It should be noted that it’s not uncommon for the Stones to leave major hits out of their setlists — the band went for most of the 1970’s never performing “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” on stage.
Mick Jagger — who wrote the tune with Richards back in 1969 — was less specific about the song not being included: “We’ve played ‘Brown Sugar’ every night since 1970, so sometimes you think, ‘We’ll take that one out for now and see how it goes.'”
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The Rolling Stones have just added a new, final stop to their 2021 “No Filter Tour.” The trek will now wrap on November 23rd at the 7,000-capacity Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday, October 18th via Ticketmaster.
UPDATED: The Rolling Stones tour dates (subject to change):
October 17 – Los Angeles, CA – SoFi Stadium
October 24 – Minneapolis, MN – U.S. Bank Stadium
October 29 – Tampa, FL – Raymond James Stadium
November 2 – Dallas, TX – Cotton Bowl Stadium
November 6 – Las Vegas, NV – Allegiant Stadium
November 11 – Atlanta, GA – Mercedes-Benz Stadium
November 15 – Detroit, MI – Ford Field
November 20 – Austin, TX – Circuit of The Americas
November 23 – Hollywood, FL – Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hotel & Casino
- “Brown Sugar” was started by Mick Jagger in 1969 when he was Down Under filming his second movie, Ned Kelly.
- It was supposedly inspired by one-time Ikette, Claudia Lennear.
- Some have supposed the song was inspired by Mick Jagger’s love interest, singer/actress Marsha Hunt — the mother of his first child, daughter, Karis.
- The Rolling Stones‘ “Brown Sugar” was recorded between December 2nd and 4th at Alabama’s Muscle Shoals Sound Studio.
- The tune, reportedly at guitarist Mick Taylor‘s request, was world premiered on December 6th, 1969 in Livermore, California, during the band’s infamous concert at the Altamont Speedway.
- In 1970, the band recorded a version with Eric Clapton supplying slide guitar, that although heavily bootlegged, was left unreleased until the 2015 “Super Deluxe” version of Sticky Fingers.
CHECK IT OUT: The world premiere of “Brown Sugar” on December 6th, 1969 live at Altamont: