The Rolling Stones pulled out a surprise cover of Don Covay song ‘Mercy Mercy’ for the first time in 50 years.
During their sold out show at FedExField in Landover, Maryland which is located close Washington, DC, The Rolling Stones performed ‘Mercy Mercy’ for the first time since their headline show Hyde Park show on July 6, 1969.
That hugely emotional show in London came just days after their founding member Brian Jones died after being found unresponsive at the bottom of his swimming pool. The Stones’ most recent show, which also marked the 50th anniversary of Jones’ death, was a particularly heartfelt one.
Addressing the crowd, frontman Mick Jagger said: “It’s a long time ago,” when preparing to perform the song, “so we’re going to try to remember it,” he added.
See the performance, below.
The anniversary of Jones’ death was raised by his daughter, Barbara Marion, has said that her father’s death is a “bit of a mystery” and claimed that after conducting her own research she has concluded that her father was “murdered”.
She said: “I think he was murdered and I think the police did not investigate it the way they should have,” in an interview with Sky News. “I would love to have them reopen [the case] and to get some answers,” she added.
In response, the police recent released a statement in which they said: “The death of Brian Jones was investigated in 1969 and was also the subject of two reviews by Sussex Police, in 1984 and 1994.
“From time to time over the past 49 years Sussex Police have also received messages or reports from journalists and other individuals about the death. Each is considered on its individual merits and reviewed wherever appropriate.
“No such report has been received since 2010 and no new evidence has emerged to suggest that the coroner’s original verdict of ‘death by misadventure’ was incorrect. The case has not been reopened and there are no plans for that to happen.”