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Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Mick Jagger and Keith Richards have announced the Rolling Stones will stop performing hit song Brown Sugar, amid discomfort about the 50-year-old classic's references to slavery. The hit track was originally titled 'Black P****', but Jagger decided before releasing it that the title was too 'nitty-gritty' and it was changed to Brown Sugar. The band, currently on the road for a 13-date U.S. tour, have not played Brown Sugar - one of their most recognizable songs - since kicking off in St Louis on September 26. The 1969 song depicts scenes of slavery and sexual violence, including lyrics telling of a slave driver whipping a group of women, and has come under fire in recent years for its comments about slavery. Keith Richards said the band have made the decision to retire the track as they don't want to get involved in 'conflicts' about the lyrics, while Mick Jagger hinted that the song may return to their setlist in the future.

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The last time the Stones played the hit track, which has sold 2,700,000 times in original sales since its release, was on August 30, 2019, at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida. It provoked a backlash from 'woke' music fans who claimed they should not still be singing the song due to its depictions of slavery.

But furious Rolling Stones fans said they don't understand the controversy surrounding the track as it is clearly anti-slavery, with many saying artists should be free to express themselves without fearing 'cancel culture'.

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Saw 'em in '75, when they were sloppy good. Opened the show with Brown Sugar with Mick on the petal of a lotus flower at the LA Forum. Linda Ronstadt was a section over.

#1 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2021-10-13 04:22 PM | Reply

Am playing Brown Sugar right now in my iTunes as I type because I'm not politically correct ; )

#2 | Posted by MSgt at 2021-10-13 04:46 PM | Reply

^
Ok, good. No harm than

#3 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2021-10-13 07:34 PM | Reply

I saw them in Jacksonville during their steel wheel tour
Probably only second or third to Robert plant with about half a dozen guitarists at skyline

But truth be told, the stones are so 20th century. They wore that ---- out in the 90's so much it's almost painful to have to listen to them now

Nobody is going to miss it

#4 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2021-10-13 07:40 PM | Reply

Surprised these guys are still alive and performing. Many didn't make it out of their rock era in a healthy state.

#5 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2021-10-13 07:48 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Well, most of them are dead now. Only Mick and Keith are left (although Ronnie was there and had just joined when I saw them)

#6 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2021-10-13 08:28 PM | Reply

Saw the st Louis show. First time seeing them. Great show.

#7 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2021-10-13 11:20 PM | Reply

Lol, brilliant marketing strategy by the Rolling Stones. Now they have all these goofballs earning them $$$ downloading and listening to a 50 year old song thinking that they are somehow being rebellious or politically incorrect.

#8 | Posted by NerfHerder at 2021-10-13 11:35 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Saw them in Oakland in '89 right after a huge earthquake... the 880 highway was still closed and pancacked on top of itself going north...eerie.

Sad to hear that a band who had a song called "Sympathy for the devil" and 2 albums titles with satanic references is now becoming p.c.

#9 | Posted by 503jc69 at 2021-10-14 12:35 AM | Reply

Saw them in Phoenix in 69. They were fine, did the minimum required for the maximum effect, and then left. Fortunately, most people were more than happy with the opening act on the bill: the Ike & Tina Turner Review, which made the Stones look like a clean-up group.

#10 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2021-10-14 09:34 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I saw them in Charlotte a few weeks back. Great show.

Concert Photos

#11 | Posted by qcp at 2021-10-14 11:10 AM | Reply

"Woke" people are now getting upset if you are anti-slavery. Their vapid idiotic opinions are sad yet hilariously telling of their level of intelligence.

#12 | Posted by jamesgelliott at 2021-10-14 02:58 PM | Reply

WTF do you know about "woke" people, you racist fraud?

#13 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2021-10-15 10:56 AM | Reply

"WTF do you know about "woke" people, you racist fraud?"

Another example of yet another DR member in need of mental health services...and probably some remedial reading courses too since the article was about the "woke" crowd being offended by a song that was anti-slavery. It EXPLICITLY spoke about it but LEAGALLYYOURDEAD clearly lacks the reading comprehension skills to process it.

From the Article..."The last time the Stones played the hit track, which has sold 2,700,000 times in original sales since its release, was on August 30, 2019, at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida. It provoked a backlash from 'woke' music fans who claimed they should not still be singing the song due to its depictions of slavery."

#14 | Posted by jamesgelliott at 2021-10-15 03:01 PM | Reply

I knew Keith Richards was old, but I didn't know he was so old he took a slave girl for his sex slave like Thomas Jefferson did!

Remember when China asked that the Rolling Stones not play this song when they toured China? Becayae they didn't want to encourage mixed race babies.

#15 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-10-15 03:32 PM | Reply

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