was in New Orleans on Saturday to lead an extravaganza of Rolling Stones worship with the one-off “Exile on Bourbon St.” concert, a full-album tribute to the Stones’ 1972 landmark Exile on Main Street. Adams was joined at the Saenger Theatre by a group of New Orleans musicians including Cyril Neville on percussion, John Medeski of Medeski Martin & Wood on keys and Terence Higgins of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band on drums. Erstwhile Stones producer Don Was served as musical director and played bass. All 18 Exile songs were on the set list, as was “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking” (which, of course, was actually on 1971’s Sticky Fingers). Earlier in the week, Adams tweeted a photo of his telecaster and some crib notes for the 18 songs that would make up the show, writing. “The hardest Rolling Stones songs to learn are weirdly the ones with the least chord changes.”
Some of the songs were performed faithfully, though others were given a new tempo or some extra jangle. “Sweet Virginia,” for one, was slowed way down and played more as a ballad than a country stomper. Watch the band perform that one, plus “Tumbling Dice” and a nine-minute “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking.”
For a look at the genuine article, watch this exclusive clip of The Rolling Stones playing “Tumbling Dice” in concert on Dec. 18, 1981.