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The Rolling Stones perform a fiery 'The Last Time' in Ireland in 1965

We’re dipping into the Far Out Magazine vault to look back at The Rolling Stones near their very fiery beginning as the group unleash a powerful performance on an unsuspecting audience.

The Rolling Stones’ huge money-spinning tour of 2020, one that was set to see them sell-out stadium after stadium, may have been cancelled but that doesn’t mean we can’t get to grips with their stunning live efforts. So, while the ticket sales may not flood in, we thought we’d look back at a simpler time, in 1965 as they toured Ireland.

In 1965, the band had only been gigging for three years when their new track ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’ took off and propelled Mick Jagger, Brian Jones, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Bill Wyman into stardom. Of course, a few appearances on Ed Sullivan could spread the good word about the group but they still needed to take their music to the people and give them a real show. To put it simply, they needed to walk the walk too.

The Beatles would eventually be turned off performing, a move which resulted in them becoming studio band but for The Rolling Stones performing has always been in there blood. Whether it was on Ready, Steady, Go! miming Sonny and Cher, or performing to 250,000 people in Rio De Janeiro, The Stones always gave you a good time.

It was a show that always left the crowd in awe of the band’s swagger (even decades later) so much so that countless documentaries about the band’s touring have quickly followed—but none capture The Rolling Stones’ incendiary beginnings like 1965’s Charlie Is My Darling, the documentary released in 2012.

The footage below, in crystal definition (many blessings), shows the band at the beginning of their story. The showing of ‘The Last Time’ below is proof of why it’s a story that has lasted well into its 58th year, as Jagger, Jones, Richards, Watts, and Wyman deliver a simply scintillating performance.

The display of their third UK number one ‘The Last Time’ is one of the most powerful moments of the documentary and sees The Stones firing on all cylinders. You can watch the performance, below.