Band will be joined by Green Valley High School choir for MGM Grand Garden Arena gig tonight (May 11)
The Rolling Stones have asked a US high school choir to perform with them at their gig in Las Vegas tonight (May 11).
The legendary rock ‘n’ roll band will play the MGM Grand Garden Arena this evening as part of their ’50 & Counting’ tour and, according to Billboard, will be joined by members of the Green Valley High School choir for a rendition of ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’.
The 24 students only had two weeks to learn the song they will be performing and had to audition for the gig via Skype in front of one of the band’s representatives in London. Choir director Kim Ritzer, who claimed she thought it was initially a joke when she was first contacted via Facebook about the possibility of them joining the band, told Klas-TV: “When I announced it to the kids, I think their parents were more excited than they were because some of them didn’t even know who The Rolling Stones were.”
Singer Kyle Sorenson added: “I called my Dad. He was screaming at me over the phone and said ‘Are you kidding me?'”, while fellow choir member Alex Miller said: “I’m going around going, ‘Hey, so who’s performing with The Rolling Stones on Saturday?’ It’s cool, a lot of my friends that are into The Rolling Stones are, like, ‘Can you get me tickets?’ And I’m like, ‘No, sorry. It’s an exclusive thing.'”
The Rolling Stones aren’t the only artists to recently become involved with the high school music scene – earlier this month, it was revealed that Prince had donated the proceeds from his April 21 gig at the Roseland in Portland, Oregon to the American Music Program Pacific Crest Jazz Orchestra and helped fund their trip to New York to take part in a competition.
Earlier this week, meanwhile, Mick Jagger revealed that receiving an apology from Keith Richards for his infamous penis slur was a “prerequisite” to The Rolling Stones going on tour again. Richards had made derogatory comments about the size of Jagger’s manhood in his autobiography Life, but the pair have since resolved the row.
The Rolling Stones are currently on their ’50 & Counting Tour’ in the US. The band return to the UK for their Glastonbury headline set on June 29 and a pair of massive gigs in London’s Hyde Park on July 6 and 13.