On the day that The Rolling Stones released their first single from their new album Sticky Fingers, the first to be released on their own record label Rolling Stones Records, we take a look back at a very special performance of ‘Brown Sugar’.
The performance takes place at the now infamous Marquee Club in London, which with it’s dingy walls and sticky floors, played host to some of the musical world’s living legends. One such group was The Rolling Stones and in 1971, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards led their bandmates on to the stage of the Marquee Club and delivered one hell of a performance.
Taking place in March of 1971, the tour (their first tour of Britain since 1966) for the upcoming album Sticky Fingers had already ended, The Rolling Stones took to the stage of the Marquee Club to deliver a (sort of) farewell to England. The band were all moving abroad to avoid higher taxes in England and so needed to be out of the county by April 1st, so on March 26th they gave the Marquee Club a show they’d never forget.
The shining light of the set was their performance of the now classic ‘Brown Sugar’. The last song in the hugely engaging set, rages through the crowd with the same kind of intensity and fire that set the hearts and minds of Britain’s youth ablaze when they first saw the pouting vocals of Jagger and his band.
It would be another two years before the band would return to the welcoming shores of Blighty. But sure enough with this performance they left a mark on the capital that they would further embellish on every return.
Watch the 1971 performance of ‘Brown Sugar’ at the Marquee Club in London.