The Rolling Stones have dropped “Brown Sugar” from their set list!
Explaining that they’ve performed the song now in every show for the past 50+ years, Mick Jagger says he just wanted to see what it felt like to give it a break. (“We can always put it back in later if we choose to.")
Noise 11 states that “Brown Sugar” is the second most performed song The Stones have done in concert, behind only “Jumpin’ Jack Flash.” (I personally find it VERY hard to believe that ANY song could have been performed more times than “Satisfaction,” which now dates back as a concert staple for over 56 years!)
It just wouldn’t seem like a Rolling Stones show without these three classics, all #1 Hits. (They did quite well on our Top 3333 Most Essential Classic Rock Songs List as well … “Satisfaction” placed at #7 (behind “Gimme Shelter” at #5), “Brown Sugar” at #13 (behind “Start Me Up,” #10, and “Honky Tonk Women,” #12) while “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” came in at #54, behind “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” #35.) In all, The Rolling Stones placed NINE songs on your Top 100 Classic Rock Favorites list … and “Miss You” finished just outside The Top 100, coming in at #102.
“Brown Sugar” also topped our recent list of Favorite Songs from 1971 as counted down on Phil Nee’s “Those Were The Days” radio program a few Saturdays ago. (kk)
UPDATE: As this story circulated last week, both Mick and Keith Richards offered different explanations as to why the songs has been dropped temporarily. (Some are attributing part of this decision to the “political correctness” of the times, pointing out that the lyrics and subject matter include a number of “scandalous topics” such as slavery and rape … while it’s title can be interpreted as a double entendre for oral sex and heroin. Gee … that’s never stopped The Stones before!!! But in this instance, there may be credence to them caving to the pressure. Damn, that almost sounds like a “Let’s Spend Some Time Together” moment!!!)
In separate statements, Keith Richards said, when asked about the song being dropped from the set list …
“You picked up on that, huh? I’m trying to figure out with the sisters quite where the beef is. Didn’t they understand this was a song about the horrors of slavery? But they’re trying to bury it. At the moment I don’t want to get into conflicts with all of this shit. I’m just hoping that we'll be able to resurrect the babe in her glory somewhere along the track."