Ten years ago, The Rolling Stones named their tour 50 & Counting which turned out not to be an exaggeration at all, considering The World's Greatest Rock and Roll Band is still going strong today even after weathering the loss of drummer Charlie Watts. On February 10, Mercury Studios will commemorate a special night on that tour with the release of GRRR Live!, a 24-song set recorded at Newark, New Jersey's Prudential Center on December 13 and 15, 2012. The concert will be released in a variety of formats including 3LP black vinyl, 3LP red vinyl, 3LP white vinyl, 2CD/Blu-ray, 2CD/DVD, 2CD, and digitally. The DVD, BD, and digital versions will include Dolby Atmos mixes.
The 30-show, career-retrospective 50 & Counting tour kicked off in October 2012 with two intimate performances in Paris, France; it wound up almost a year later with two concerts at London's Hyde Park which drew over 130,000 people each night. All told, over 450,000 people attended the tour, with revenue nearing $150 million. Band alumni Mick Taylor and Bill Wyman both made special appearances, while the touring group each night included Bernard Fowler and Lisa Fischer on background vocals; Darryl Jones on bass; Bobby Keys on saxophone; Chuck Leavell on keyboards; and Tim Ries on saxophone.
GRRR! was, of course, the name of the Stones' greatest-hits album released in various formats in November 2012, the cover of which featured a gorilla with the band's tongue-and-lips logo. While the gorilla is seemingly absent from the current release, many of the songs which appeared on the earlier release are present on this one, including "The Last Time," "Get Off of My Cloud," "Wild Horses," "Honky Tonk Women," and "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction." A number of Stones classics are also heard with special guests who dropped by the Prudential Center on December 15, 2012 including Lady Gaga on "Gimme Shelter," The Black Keys on "Who Do You Love," Gary Clark, Jr. and John Mayer on "Going Down," the band's former guitarist Mick Taylor on "Midnight Rambler," and New Jersey's own Bruce Springsteen on "Tumbling Dice."
The concert, which originally aired on pay-per-view, has been re-edited and remixed for its appearance on DVD and Blu-ray as part of this campaign. In addition, three performances from the December 13 Newark show are included as bonus features on the DVD and BD: "Around and Around," "Gimme Shelter," and "Respectable," the latter featuring John Mayer.
The various versions of GRRR! Live will arrive on February 10 from Mercury Studios. You'll find pre-order links below.
The Rolling Stones, GRRR! Live (Mercury Studios, 2023)
3LP black vinyl: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
3LP red vinyl: uDiscoverMusic.com / Rolling Stones Store
3LP white vinyl: Barnes & Noble
2CD/Blu-ray: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
2CD/DVD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
2CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
- Get Off Of My Cloud
- The Last Time
- It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (But I Like It)
- Paint It Black
- Gimme Shelter (with Lady Gaga)
- Wild Horses
- Going Down (with John Mayer and Gary Clark Jr.)
- Dead Flowers
- Who Do You Love? (with The Black Keys)
- Doom And Gloom
- One More Shot
- Miss You
- Honky Tonk Women
- Before They Make Me Run
- Midnight Rambler (with Mick Taylor)
- Start Me Up
- Tumbling Dice (with Bruce Springsteen)
- Brown Sugar
- Sympathy For The Devil
- You Can't Always Get What You Want
- Jumpin' Jack Flash
- (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
DVD/BD Bonus Songs (December 13, 2012 - Prudential Center)
- Respectable (with John Mayer)
- Around And Around
- Gimme Shelter