The Rolling Stones kicked off their latest tour in Chile on Wednesday night (February 3) and played 1967 track ‘She’s A Rainbow’ for the first time in 18 years.
The Stones have begun their South American leg at the Estadio Nacional in Chile and in the run up to the show, the band asked fans to choose the track that they would play during a request section of their performance, via the band’s website.
They offered ‘She’s a Rainbow’, ‘Anybody Seen My Baby’ ‘She’s So Cold’ and ‘Like a Rolling Stone’, with the latter winning by the most votes. The track – originally taken from their 1976 album ‘Their Satanic Majesties Request’ – was played for the first time since 1998 and, reportedly, only the 11th time in their entire history. You can watch the band play the track below.
According to Billboard, this was also their first show with new backup vocalist Sasha Allen, best known for her appearance on the fourth season of The Voice in 2013 and covering the band’s regular vocalist of Lisa Fischer.
So glad first show is out of me now. I can't wait to see it second to last!!! Growth…. Blessed to learn from the best! ❤️
— Sasha Allen (@SashaAllenMusic) February 4, 2016
Last month, The Stones paid tribute to the late David Bowie, calling him “extraordinary”.
Meanwhile one of their early managers, Soviet Union-born Giorgio Gomelsky, passed away from cancer on January 13 at the age of 82.
Gomelsky owned London’s Crawdaddy Club, where The Rolling Stones were the house band. He managed them until being replaced by Andrew Loog Oldham in 1963. Having fallen out with the band after parting ways, Gomelsky said in a 2013 New York Times interview: “They’d been seduced by the ‘American Dream’ of making a lot of money playing music in incredibly bad conditions like stadiums.”
Gomelsky also managed The Yardbirds, helping the group secure their first record deal in 1964. After moving to New York later in his life, he went on to discover post-punk band D-Generation.
The Rolling Stones, meanwhile, are reportedly gearing up to work on a new album. It’s been over 10 years since the band’s last studio album, ‘A Bigger Bang’ in 2005.
The tour is due to stop for three nights at Argentina’s Estadio Unico on Sunday February 7 before wrapping up the South American leg on March 17 at Mexico City’s Foro Sol. Further dates are as yet unconfirmed.