has announced an epic tribute to The Rolling Stones in the form of Exile on Bourbon St., a one-off New Orleans performance in which Adams will perform The Stones’ 1972 masterpiece Exile on Main St. in its entirety. The show is set for Saturday, May 5 at the Big Easy’s Saenger Theatre at 9 p.m.
Adams will be joined by longtime Stones producer Don Was, who will serve as Exile on Bourbon St.’s music director, and an all-star group of New Orleans musicians who have yet to be announced, but will be in the coming weeks. “I’ve listened to all the multi-track tapes from the Exile period and it’s not hyperbolic to say that this is probably the greatest rock ‘n roll ever recorded!” said Was in a statement. “I can’t wait to dig deep into these songs with The Mighty Ryan Adams and this incredible group of musicians.”
“Ryan Adams, Don Was, and the best musicians in New Orleans playing these songs at Jazz Fest is exactly what our country needs right now,” said Blackbird Presents CEO Keith Wortman, the event’s creator and executive producer. “This music means so much to so many people. I am counting down the days until May 5th.”
Last year, we highlighted Exile on Main St. as one of 10 classic rock albums everyone should own on vinyl. Max Blau praised the “unpolished realism that ebbs and flows throughout Exile, in which The Stones perfected the art of imperfection, basking in their humanity and all its accompanying honesty.”
Tickets for Exile on Bourbon St. go on sale next Monday, April 2 at 11 a.m. EST via Livenation.com, at the Saenger Theatre Box Office or by phone at 800-745-3000. You can reserve tickets online now by using the pre-sale code TUMBLING.
Enjoy Paste Cloud audio and video from a 2006 Adams concert and a 1981 Stones show, respectively, below, and revisit our ranking of Adams’ entire discography here.