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'The Rolling Stones Live At The Wiltern' Set To Be Released On Multiple Formats


By Stevie Connor.



The Rolling Stones and Mercury Studios proudly release The Rolling Stones Live At The Wiltern on DVD + 2CD; Blu-Ray + 2CD, 2CD, 3LP (3 variants: Black, Gold (D2C Exclusive), and Black & Bronze Swirl (local retail Exclusive) on March 8, 2024.

 

One of the greatest box-office successes of 2002/2003, 117 shows grossing over $300 million, The Rolling Stones’ “Licks World Tour” — in support of their 40 Licks compilation — celebrated the band’s 40th Anniversary in splendid fashion, highlighted by this intimate Nov. 22 L.os Angeles show at The Wiltern. With its 2,000+ seat capacity, it would prove to be a welcome respite from the global stadiums and arenas. Fans knew they were in for something special when gems like “Stray Cat Blues,” “No Expectations” and “Everybody Needs Somebody To Love” (complete with the co-author of this 1964 Soul Classic, Soloman Burke) rocked the house.

 

Over 80 songs were performed on this tour from all eras of the band’s glorious one-of-a-kind history. Mick Jagger played guitar, harmonica and keyboards at various stops. Keith Richards, stellar on guitar and vocals, provided both visual and musical highlights throughout the night. On stage right, Ron Wood’s complimentary guitar work weaves seamlessly with Richards’ playing. Drummer Charlie Watts [1941-2021], as always, was the heart’n’soul backbeat that drove the band forward. A-List musicians bassist Darryl Jones, keyboardist Chuck Leavell, saxophonist Bobby Keys and  backing vocalists Lisa Fischer, Bernard Fowler and Blondie Chaplin added immeasurable flourishes.

 

With Tom Petty, Neil Young, Sheryl Crow, Johnny Depp, Stephen Stills and Eddie Murphy in the audience, The Rolling Stones proceeded to raise the roof to put on arguably one of their best shows ever. 

 

Ron Wood states “We couldn’t really go through a whole tour doing predictable shows. We’ve got to have songs out of the blue.” Adds Mick Jagger “…it makes it interesting for the audience and the band. I’ve got to think a lot more about set lists than I’ve ever done.” Enthuses Keith Richards: “Sometimes on the road, the weather’s bad and half the band’s down with something, but apart from those obvious blue days, there’s an amazing freshness about these guys.” (From Paul Sexton’s illuminating liner notes.)


 

3LP Track Listing

Side A:

Jumpin’ Jack Flash

Live With Me

Neighbours

Hand of Fate

 

Side B:

No Expectations

Beast of Burden

Stray Cat Blues

 

Side C:

Dance, Part 1

Everybody Needs Somebody To Love (with Solomon Burke)

That’s How Strong My Love Is

Going To A Go-Go

 

Side D:

Thru And Thru

You Don’t Have To Mean It

Can’t You Hear Me Knocking

 

Side E:

Rock Me Baby

Bitch

Honky Tonk Women

Start Me Up

 

Side F:

Brown Sugar

Tumbling Dice

 

2CD Tracklisting:

CD1:

Jumpin’ Jack Flash

Live With Me

Neighbours

Hand of Fate

No Expectations

Beast of Burden

Stray Cat Blues

Dance, Part 1

Everybody Needs Somebody To Love (with Solomon Burke)

That’s How Strong My Love Is

Going To A Go-Go

Band Introductions

 

CD2:

Thru And Thru

You Don’t Have To Mean It

Can’t You Hear Me Knocking

Rock Me Baby

Bitch

Honky Tonk Women

Start Me Up

Brown Sugar

Tumbling Dice

 

DVD & Blu-ray have the same tracklisting as both the 3LP and 2CD

 

Mercury Studios is a multi-faceted content studio established to develop, produce, globally distribute, and invest in innovative, music-rooted storytelling across a range of media including film, television, podcasting, publishing, and live-streamed performance. Taking its name from the iconic Mercury Records label, Mercury Studios is powered by Universal Music Group and creates an open space for experimentation to unleash and amplify both emerging and established artists. With offices in London and Los Angeles, Mercury Studios harnesses its established relationships with best-in-class talent from music and film, seamlessly bridging the two worlds to create a completely distinctive community of trailblazers driven by original IP, innovation, and collaboration.




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