After nearly a year of speculation, warmup gigs and the shows themselves, The Rolling Stones’ 50 and Counting Tour came to a close tonight at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. The guest-laden performance was broadcast live as Pay-Per-View special both on television and over the internet.
The Stones started off the show with the old school pairing of Get Off My Cloud and The Last Time before moving on to a Bill Wyman-less It’s Only Rock and Roll (But I Like It) and repertoire staple Paint It Black. Lady Gaga was the first guest of the night as she emerged for a shriek-fueled Gimme Shelter. Following Wild Horses, the Stones brought out Gary Clark Jr. and John Mayer to create a four-guitar attack on I’m Going Down. Over the past few days the band has been soliciting votes for a song to play tonight via their new app. Dead Flowers was the top vote-getter, so Mick Jagger and Co. dusted off the Sticky Fingers classic for its 50 and Counting debut. Next, Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney, aka The Black Keys, came out to help the Stones on a debut of Bo Diddley’s Who Do You Love.
Set: Get Off Of My Cloud, The Last Time, It’s Only Rock and Roll (But I Like It), Paint It Black, Gimme Shelter (w/ Lady Gaga), Wild Horses, I’m Going Down (w/ Gary Clark Jr. and John Mayer), Dead Flowers (By Request), Who Do You Love (w/ The Black Keys), Doom and Gloom, One More Shot, Miss You, Honky Tonk Women, Before They Make Me Run, Happy, Midnight Rambler (w/ Mick Taylor), Start Me Up, Tumbling Dice (w/ Bruce Springsteen), Brown Sugar, Sympathy For The Devil
Encore: You Can’t Always Get What You Want (w/ The Choir of Trinity Wall Street), Jumping Jack Flash, (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction
For all the classics the Rolling Stones have been playing, it must be noted they have performed both new songs – Doom and Gloom and One More Shot – at each 50 and Counting show and tonight was no exception. Guitarist Keith Richards took his turn leading the band through Before They Make Me Run and Happy. One of the many memorable parts of the run has been the Stones teaming up with former guitarist Mick Taylor for the first time since 1981. Tonight, Taylor sat in on Midnight Rambler as he did in London and at the previous Newark show. New Jersey’s own Bruce Springsteen was the next guest. The Boss, who came out to the familiar “bruuuuuuuuuce” chant, added guitar and swapped verses with Mick Jagger on Tumbling Dice. From there, the band stuck with the same script as the first four shows of the run by closing out the set with Brown Sugar and Sympathy For The Devil. Stones fans have been hoping the band would perform You Can’t Always Get What You Want with a choir, but it had never happened until this run. By tonight it was old hat as The Choir of Trinity Wall Street sang the Let It Bleed finale with The Rolling Stones for the third time in eight nights. Jagger and Co. ended the show, and the run, with the one-two punch of Jumping Jack Flash and (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.
The Stones could be back fairly quickly if their mobile app is to be believed. The app showed an upcoming date at the Coachella Festival on April 12th which has since been taken down.