On June 3, 2013, the Rolling Stones performed at the United Center in Chicago, where they were joined on stage by guest Taylor Swift for the Stones song “As Tears Go By,” according to an announcement on the official Rolling Stones website. Marianne Faithfull, who was Mick Jagger’s live-in girlfriend in the mid-to-late 1960s, had the biggest hit of her career in 1964 with “As Tears Go By,” which was written by Jagger and Keith Richards. The Rolling Stones later recorded their own version of the song, which was a hit for the Stones in 1965.
AEG Live is the promoter of the Rolling Stones’ 2013 tour, which features former Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor as a guest on all the tour dates. The tour has been named “50 and Counting” as a celebration of the Rolling Stones’ 50th anniversary.
The June 3 show in Chicago was the last of three concerts that the Rolling Stones did in Chicago on the tour. Chicago is the only North American city on the tour that had three concert dates. Other cities have one or two concert dates on the tour.
At the June 3 concert in Chicago, the Rolling Stones skipped performing “Happy,” which has guitarist Richards on lead vocals. “Happy” has been a mainstay at most Rolling Stones concerts since the song came out in 1972. The Stones skipped playing the song at their Chicago concert on May 28, 2013 and their Los Angeles concert on May 20, 2013. Richards has been singing “You Got the Silver” at concerts where “Happy” is not part of the set list. In addition to “Happy,” the other song that Richards has been consistently singing lead vocals on for the 2013 tour is “Before They Make Me Run.”
As of May 8, 2013, select concerts on the tour will feature a song performed by request from fans who voted online via the official Rolling Stones mobile app. For each concert, fans will be given a choice of five different songs to vote for, and the Rolling Stones will perform the song that gets the most votes for that concert. The Rolling Stones also did this for their “50 and Counting” concerts in 2012. At the concert on June 3, 2103, the song performed by request was “Sway.”
There have been celebrity guests at almost every one of the Rolling Stones’ “50 and Counting” concerts. On previous concerts of the 2013 tour, the celebrity guest stars were:
- Keith Urban and Gwen Stefani (at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on May 3, 2013)
- Tom Waits (at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on May 5, 2013)
- John Fogerty and Bonnie Raitt (at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., on May 8, 2013)
- Katy Perry (at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on May 11, 2013)
- John Mayer (at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif, on May 15, 2013)
- Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters (at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., on May 18, 2013)
- Carrie Underwood (at Air Canada Centre in Toronto on May 25, 2013)
- Taj Mahal (at United Center in Chicago on May 28, 2013)
- Sheryl Crow (at United Center in Chicago on May 31, 2013)
The vast majority of the reviews from fans and critics have been positive about the Rolling Stones’ performances on this tour so far. And even though many fans have complained about the tour’s ticket prices (which range from $85 to $600 per ticket), various reports from fans and the media are that the concerts have been playing to full houses.
The tour’s concerts in England are sold out, but for the tour’s concerts in North America, tickets have not immediately sold out and are being sold on the day of the show. Tickets are more likely to be discounted closer to the concert date. The $85 tickets for the North American shows are randomly assigned, and the ticket buyers won’t know where their seats are until they pick up their tickets at the venue.
Here is the Rolling Stones’ set list for their concert at United Center in Chicago, on June 3, 2013:
Get Off of My Cloud
It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll (But I Like It)
Paint It Black
Sway (by request from fans)
Live With Me
As Tears Go By (with Taylor Swift)
Doom and Gloom
One More Shot
Honky Tonk Women
You Got The Silver
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 Roosevelt University Conservatory Chorus)
Jumpin’ Jack Flash
(I Can’t Get Not) Satisfaction (with Mick Taylor)