WOOO! The Rolling Stones rocked and/or rolled under regulation (shouts to China’s Ministry of Culture) at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai last night as part of the band’s “14 on Fire” tour. For those of you who weren’t there to soak in the glory/sweat permeating Keith Richards’ sequin-encrusted headband, here’s some documentation of the event.
China banned five of the decidedly seXXXier songs from the setlist that were played earlier in Macau, including ‘Brown Sugar’, ‘Honky Tonk Women’, ‘Beast Of Burden’, ‘Let’s Spend The Night Together’ and ‘Rough Justice’.
This was the Stones’ second time in China, the first being a debut in 2006, when the setlist likewise had been altered to please China’s censors.
Frontman Mick Jagger told the crowd last night that ‘Honky Tonk Woman’ had been “vetoed” by authorities. He confirmed to Chinese media that lyrics had to be sent into Chinese authorities prior to the show, as is custom for all foreign bands playing in the mainland.
We’ve also seen complaints rolling in that the venue ran out of beer HALFWAY THROUGH THE SHOW, leaving us to wonder if this was just a matter of incredible underestimation by the organizers or a scheme by the government to forestall a potential hormone-ridden, drink-induced revolution.
You can view last night’s entire setlist here and some footage of the show here:
The next stop on the tour is Singapore on March 25. We direly wanted to go last night but couldn’t bear to dole out the cash for VIP tickets (all that were left). Any of you catch the show?
[Images via Xinhua // Videos via YouTube]