The Rolling Stones Select ‘Sweet Summer Sun’ For ‘Extra Licks’ Video Series
Extra Licks! The Rolling Stones – Bridges To Babylon Tour Performances #ExtraLicks #StayHome rock #WithMe As part of YouTube’s #StayHome campaign, The Rolling Stones launched a weekly series entitled “Extra Licks”, 31continuing this Sunday May 31st at 12pmPT / 3pmET/ 8pmBST. Each YouTube Premiere will stream the bonus features of six concert films from throughout their career, including performances from the 1994 Voodoo Lounge Tour and the 2016 Latin America Ole! Tour. Available digitally for the first time, this six-part weekly series will feature bonus footage from some of the band’s most memorable concerts around the world.
The Rolling Stones will share their Sweet Summer Sun – Hyde Park Live concert film for the next installment in their Extra Licks video series. Sweet Summer Sun will premiere exclusively on YouTube Sunday, May 24th at 3 p.m. ET/ 12 p.m. PT.
The footage for Sweet Summer Sun — directed by Paul Dugdale for Eagle Rock Entertainment — comes from The Stones landmark, 50th anniversary celebrations at London’s famed Hyde Park on July 6 and July 13, 2013. That year the legendary rockers made their first return to Hyde Park since holding a massive event there on July 5, 1969. The setlist for the 2013 shows included such classics as “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” “Brown Sugar,” “Honky Tonk Women,” “Tumbling Dice,” “Miss You” and “Start Me Up” as well as the newly released song at the time “Doom & Gloom.”
Brazilian DJ and record producer Alok gives the latest Stones track a makeover – as band’s Extra Licks series set to continue this weekend.
Now 28-year-old Brazilian DJ and record producer Alok has taken the track and given it a fresh makeover, which, as you would expect, is quite a departure from the original.
It’s a song of an apocalyptic title that will resonate over time, Mick Jagger said for the “Apple Music” group, adding that the song was written last year but has adapted part of the text to the current situation, according to US media.
“Many ended up jobless, and they are not to blame. The circumstances are out of control. One cannot say ‘I was doing bad and I screwed up, so I have no job,'” Jagger said, adding that now people have more to worry about.
“These are difficult times, but for some, it’s harder”,
Critics are reacting to The Rolling Stones’ first original music in eight years, the single “Living in a Ghost Town”.
You can listen to “Living in a Ghost Town” below.
A Guardian review gave the song four stars and hailed it as The Rolling Stones’ “best in years”, praising it for its “appealingly sleazy” sound, “as befits a song in which Mick Jagger complains, very Jaggerishly, that social distancing is preventing him having as much sex as he’d like”.
An NME review by Mark Beaumont, who also writes for The Independent, was less positive.
“Living In A Ghost Town”, despite being The Stones’ first original song since 2012, is a… rushed and half-baked comment on our current predicament,” the review says. “Aiming at The Specials’ ‘Ghost Town’ and ending up like a deep bluesy take on Hard-Fi’s ‘Cash Machine’, it finds Jagger tremulous, forlorn and a little angry that humanity is no longer free to amass at his electrified gates.”
On a Vulture review you can read: “The Stones track lands in the sweet spot between wistful boomer nostalgia and tacit acknowledgment that the sands of time have shifted, and once again we’re looking fondly backward instead of excitedly forward. The faint whiff of dub accents that surface in the back end of the song (see: the harmonica that really sounds like a melodica) is a reminder that the band cares about Jamaican music as well as the stuff from America”.
“The Stones were in the studio recording new material before the lockdown,” Mick Jagger said on Twitter. “And one song – ‘Living in a Ghost Town’ – we thought would resonate through the times we’re living in.”. (ultimateclassicrock)
Sessions for the song, originally composed a couple of years ago, actually began in Los Angeles and London. “Living in a Ghost Town” was then completed in isolation, with a lyrical tweak so that it more perfectly echoed life in the time of a coronavirus pandemic.
“It wasn’t written for now, but it was just one of those odd things,” Jagger told Zane Lowe of Apple Music (via Rolling Stone). “It was written about being in a place which was full of life but is now bereft of life, so to speak.”
Then, as stay-at-home orders went into place everywhere, the world became an actual ghost town.
“Keith Richards and I both had the idea that we should release it,” Jagger added. “But I said, ‘Well, I’ve got to rewrite it.’ Some of it is not going to work, and some of it was a bit weird and a bit too dark. So, I slightly rewrote it. I didn’t have to rewrite very much, to be honest. It’s very much how I originally did it.”
“Living in a Ghost Town” is the Rolling Stones’ first original song since 2012, when “Doom and Gloom” and “One More Shot” were included as bonus tracks on the GRRR! compilation. They also released a collection of covers on 2016’s Blue and Lonesome.
Fans left in hysterics over Charlie Watts, 78, playing air drums during The Rolling Stone’s One World: Together At Home virtual performance
The Rolling Stones came together to pull off a unique virtual performance of You Can’t Always Get What You Want during Global Citizen’s One World: Together At Home concert amid the coronavirus crisis.
But, as the performance aired in both the US and the UK, fans were left in hysterics by band member Charlie Watts as he appeared to be playing the air drums.