The Rolling Stones played an astonishing seven song set tonight ar Racket on W 16th Street in Chelsea.
Six hundred lucky fans got to see them including Elvis Costello and Diana Krall, Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz, and Christie Brinkley. Also on hand were Jimmy Fallon, Keegan Michael Key, Christie Turlington and Ed Burns, CBS’s Anthony Mason, CBS’s Dr John LaPook, Trevor Noah, and Rolling Stone editor Gus Wenner with his recently scandalized father, former Rolling Stone owner Jann Wenner.
Last night the Rolling Stones played a one off surprise show in New York City, to celebrate the release of the brand new album Hackney Diamonds! Special guest @ladygaga joined the band on stage to perform the new track Sweet Sounds of Heaven 🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/VfGmIXUroA
— The Rolling Stones (@RollingStones) October 20, 2023
The group was ferocious and remarkable ripping through oldies and presenting new songs from Hackney Diamonds, already number two on iTunes this morning. Lady Gaga joined them for a rave up finale on Sweet Sounds of Heaven.
Questlove deejayed before and after the show.
Other songs included Shattered, Tumbling Dice, and Jumping Jack Flash.
Mick Jagger is the 8th wonder of the world. At 80 he has the body, moves and voice of a 30 year old. Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood are just as shockingly brilliant on guitar. The whole band could play a contemporary one into submission.
The Stones played “Angry,” the first single off the new album, as well two of my favorites, “Whole Wide World” and “Bite My Head Off.” The former has ‘hit single’ written all over it. The latter is such a whirlwind that when the guys finished, they actually congratulated each for getting through it.
Mick, Keith, and Ronnie are together 240 years old and very rich. They could stay home and drink Champagne all day. But their energy is almost frightening. Seeing then five feet away drove that point home. Ronnie is laughing on stage, completely enjoying the rush. Keith is giving a master class in lead guitar and running a band. Mick, as I said, is some sort of aberration. He is lithe and athletic, swirling around in a frenzy, cheerfully taunting Keith to play along with him as if this was 60 years ago.