The Rolling Stones have uploaded four songs to YouTube from their recently released archival live date in 1981 at Hampton Coliseum: “Black Limousine,” “Little T&A,” “She’s So Cold” and “Satisfaction.”
Often bootlegged, but never officially released — until earlier this month — this Virginia concert had become something of a legend. If you were wondering what the fuss was about, or whether or not to download the show at ithe Rolling Stones Archives site, here’s your chance to indulge in some free samples.
The remixed concert, from the final leg of the tour in support of Tattoo You, includes 26-song set list that we’ve outlined below. Recorded on Richards’ 38th birthday, the Hampton show was one of the first ever pay-per-view events on television — so the sound, and the images, have a stunning clarity. Bob Clearmountain handled the new remastering project.
These new videos also highlight a notable moment in a concert that occasionally threatens to veer out of control: You’ll see Keith Richards taking out a stage diver at the 1:15 point in the video for “Satisfaction.” A fan appears to be headed straight for Mick Jagger, and Richards swings his Fender at the fan — catching him squarely in the neck.
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Here’s a complete track listing for the Hampton Coliseum show in 1981:
Under My Thumb
When the Whip Comes Down
Let’s Spend the Night Together
Just My Imagination
20 Flight Rock
Going to a Go Go
Let Me Go
Time Is On My Side
Beast of Burden
Waiting on a Friend
Let It Bleed
You Can’t Always Get What You Want
She’s So Cold
Honky Tonk Women
Start Me Up
Jumpin’ Jack Flash