Relive the moment Axl Rose joined The Rolling Stones to perform ‘Salt of the Earth’ in 1989
There aren’t many times you could argue that Guns ‘N’ Roses frontman, Axl Rose is the second most flamboyant lead singer on stage. But when he joined The Rolling Stones on stage for a powerhouse performance of ‘Salt of the Earth’, Mick Jagger showed him how it was done.
The event was a three-night stint at Atlantic City’s Convention Center and with the second night of the run being show on pay-per-view, Jagger and co. need some extra hooks. Quickly, they drafted up a host of inspirational acts to come and grace the stage.
While Eric Clapton and John Leee Hooker’s introduction on stage would’ve pleased many of the original Stones fans in the audience, it was the introduction of Guns ‘N’ Roses frontman, the sprightly Axl Rose, that garnered the largest reaction of the evening.
It all began with song choice. While John Lee Hooker naturally picked his own bouncing gem, ‘Boogie Chillen’ while Eric Clapton chose to be a part of ‘Little Red Rooster’, Rose decided he wanted to take on a real deep cut.
He picked the Beggars Banquet effort ‘Salt of the Earth’ to sing along with the heroic Stones. It was a great pick as Jagger and Rose try to outdo each other on vibrancy alone.
While the show was a momentous occasion it also represents a sad one. After completing the overseas tour Bill Wyman soon quit the band and wouldn’t take to the stage with The Rolling Stones in earnest again.
Watch Axl Rose join The Rolling Stones on stage for a performance of ‘Salt of the Earth’ below.