Monday, June 17, 2024

Rolling Stones Play Secret NYC Nightclub Show with Lady Gaga to Launch New Album, “Hackney Diamonds” (Video)


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.

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.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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