Watch The Rolling Stones perform ‘Connection’ for the first time in 15 years

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Keith Richards conducts lead vocals on 1967’s Deep Cut

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The Rolling Stones made a deep cut for their recent tour stop at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium over the weekend, showcasing “The Connection” for the first time in a decade and a half.

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The song, taken from the 1967 album Between the Buttons, was last played by the band during a Vancouver performance in November of 2006.

“It’s great to be back. It’s great to be anywhere,” Keith Richards told the crowd in Nashville in the middle of the set as he handled the lead vocals before launching into the song.


“Hey, blessings on all of us. Gold rings on us. I’m going to do something I haven’t done in years, but it should be fun.”

Watch fan-shot footage of the performance below:

‘The Connection’ was primarily written by Richards, and by early 1967 the Stones were facing heavy scrutiny by the media and authorities around their recreational drug use.

My bags, they inspect them very closely / I wonder why it’s that they suspect them,” Richards sings in the second stanza of the song—released a few weeks before an infamous drug bust that occurred during a party at Richards’ house, resulting in charges for both she and Jagger.

After a highly publicized trial, Richards’ sentence was eventually overturned and Jagger was modified to a conditional discharge.


Elsewhere on the setlist during the band’s Nashville stop were favorites such as ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash’, ‘Honky Tonk Women’, ‘Tumbling Dice’, ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’ and more. The band also performed the Chi-Lights’ Troubles A-Comin’ and the 1971 cut “Dead Flowers”, which was selected by fan request.

One long-standing staple of the Stones’ live sets that didn’t perform was 1971’s ‘Brown Sugar’, which has been pulled by the band after playing at each of their concerts for the past 50 years.

Comments made by Richards in a recent interview about the song’s omissions suggested that its return may be related to its nemesis-referenced opening lyrics, with the guitarist stating that he “doesn’t want to come into conflict with all this shit”. want”.

The Stones’ current US tour – their first since the death of longtime drummer Charlie Watts in August – continues in the following month with stops in Los Angeles, Tampa, Detroit and before wrapping up Circuit of America’s F1 tracks. ready to live. November 20 in Austin.

  • READ MORE: Charlie Watts, 1941 – 2021: The Ballast That Keeps the Rolling Stones Restrained and on Track

Jagger recently opened up about touring without Watts, which he called the band’s “heartbeat”.

“Every time we get together and rehearse, we say, ‘Oh, Charlie will say this, then he will do that’,” the singer said late last month during an interview with Howard Stern.

“We did so many shows with him and so many tours and so many recording sessions, it’s weird without him. When he was sick, he said, ‘You just have to go ahead and do this tour. Don’t stop because of me. ‘ so did we.”

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