This story was reported from Anaheim, California by Phyllis Pollack
For those present at the Rolling Stones Anaheim, California show on May 15, 2013, it became increasing clear that a new Rolling Stones “50 and Counting” live DVD/CD may be in the works.
The band’s performance was filmed throughout, in addition to the usual soundboard recording.
The band has released several live albums. With the need for new versions of songs already released live, and new live material, the band seems to have made a point of keeping that in mind when determining its set list.
It is evident on this tour, that the band is performing songs they have never played live before. In Los Angeles, for instance, as Mick Jagger noted on stage before performing “Emotional Rescue,” “We’ve never played this one before live.”
In Anaheim, the band lit up a new song, never played live before, “Waiting On A Friend,” a hit single from their 1981 Tattoo You release.
“Champagne and Reefer,” which appeared on the band’s Shine A Light soundtrack album, was also played in Anaheim. Offering a new version, John Mayer stepped in, serving up a smashing rendition to this ode to indulgence.
On the soundtrack album, Buddy Guy performed as the guest artist on the track. As seen in that 2008 Martin Scorsese film, Richards was so enamored of Guys’ punchy guitar licks, that he gave him one of his guitars on stage.
Mayer has previously performed with the Stones in the past, and recently he showed up again in Newark, New Jersey’s Prudential Center this last December, for a revisit of the classic blues jam “Going Down.”
Stones keyboardist Chuck Leavell is heard on Mayer’s “Born and Raised,” an album that resulted in a number one hit album in Billboard.
Mayer also opened for the Stones in 2005, with his John Mayer trio, which featured drummer Steve Jordan, whose credits include having played with Keith Richards X-Pensive Winos.
Jordan also threw down on percussion for the Taylor Hackford feature film Hail, Hail, Rock and Roll, a Tribute to Chuck Berry. Richards served as musical director.
Mayer has also guested for “Respectable” with the Stones. This tour at Staples Center, a new, hard and heavy version was culled, featuring Keith Urban.
New songs, including “Doom and Gloom” and “One More Shot” are also becoming fast favorites.
In addition to Mayer’s presence in Anaheim, Mick Taylor’s playing added more bang for the bucks shelled out to see the show.
Even with Taylor, and the band’s marketing merchandise emblazing a 50th anniversary logo, this tour is not about nostalgia. The Rolling Stones are proving that in 2013, they are at the top of their game.
Anaheim set list May 15, 2013:
Get Off of My Cloud
It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll (But I Like It)
Paint It Black
Waiting on a Friend
Champagne and Reefer (with John Mayer)
Doom and Gloom
One More Shot
Honky Tonk Women
Before They Make Me Run
Midnight Rambler (with Mick Taylor)
Start Me Up
Sympathy for the Devil
You Can’t Always Get What You Want (with the University Of Southern California Thornton Chamber Choir)
Jumpin’ Jack Flash
(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction (with Mick Taylor)
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