Over the weekend, the Rolling Stones celebrated the end of their 50th Anniversary Tour, ending the memorable 2012 run with a blown out and star-studded show at the Prudential Center in New Jersey that included cameos from Lady Gaga, Bruce Springsteen and our You Oughta Know star Gary Clark Jr. If this really is “The Last Time,” at least the Stones made sure to go out in unforgettable style.
Lady Gaga made a grand and unforgettable appearance halfway through “Gimme Shelter.” Unlike the onstage-chemistry he shared with Florence Welch a few weeks back, Jagger seemed a little unsure what to do with the unusual pop star, who spent most of her turn skittering about in her trademark towering heels and wailing with great bursts of energy about how “it’s just a shout away!” It’s really hard to look away, and that she could throw a rock star so seasoned as Jagger off his game is probably a testament to just how good her weirdo pop-star game is. This is really fun to watch.
New Jersey’s favorite son Bruce Springsteen joined the Brits for “Tumbling Dice,” lending some bluster and a little local flavor to the rambling Exile on Main St. track.
Even our You Oughta Know star Gary Clark Jr. made an appearance, joining Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and John Mayer for a good old fashioned guitar jam. Each of the four virtuosos took a turn at Freddie King’s “Goin’ Down,” each lending a lick of their own style to the blues guitar classic. The “kids” sure were alright, but the legends? Well, they don’t call them The Greatest Rock And Roll Band On Earth for nothing.
And so here’s to hoping the rumors about the Stones’ Coachella 2013 billing are true, because just imagine the possibilities! Japandroids could join them for “Torn And Frayed” and Local Natives for “Dead Flowers,” Frank Ocean might do some sweet damage to something like “Sympathy For The Devil” and Daft Punk (if they actually show up) could probably do things to “Satisfaction” that we would never be able to un-hear.