The ROLLING STONES performed a surprise club show last night (August 16) in TORONTO as a warm-up for their upcoming World Tour
The band’s tour isn’t officially due to start until next month. However, they played a show at the city’s Palais Royale venue to 1000 lucky ticket holders.
Taking the stage a few minutes before 11pm, the band performed 15
songs from their career, including the live debut of ‘Don’t Stop’, one of four new numbers included on the ’40 Licks’ compilation.
In addition to the ticket holders and VIPs packed inside the lakeshore dancehall, hundreds waited outside around the venue’s perimeter. Tickets for the show went on sale early Friday morning and were gone almost immediately.
Although the gig wasn’t without miscues, particularly lead singer Mick Jagger fluffing lyrics to ‘Heart Of Stone’, the Stones didn’t seem content on rehashing long-time setlist favourites.
‘Hot Stuff’ from the ‘Black and Blue’ album and ‘Can’t You Hear Me Knocking’ from ‘Sticky Fingers’ were two tracks rarely performed during recent tours on display. Another surprise was an Otis Redding cover called ‘I Can’t Turn You Loose’ which featured a dominating horn section. Earlier in the evening, the group performed eight songs as part of a soundcheck.
The set ran: ‘It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll’
‘Sad Sad Sad’
‘If You Can’t Rock Me’
‘Stray Cat Blues’
‘Honky Tonk Women’
‘Torn And Frayed’
‘I Can’t Turn You Loose’
‘Heart Of Stone’
‘Can’t You Hear Me Knocking’
‘Jumping Jack Flash’