For the first time in nearly 30 years, the Rolling Stones performed their famed 1986 cover of Bob & Earl‘s “Harlem Shuffle.” The band, who sprung it on fans on Monday night (August 5th) at East Rutherford’s MetLife Stadium, last performed the Top Five hit on August 25th, 1990 at London’s Wembley Stadium during the tour finale of their massive “Steel Wheels/Urban Jungle” tour.
Before announcing the tune, Mick Jagger teased the Tri-State area crowd asking, “Has anyone crossed two rivers to get here tonight? Is anybody here from Brooklyn, anybody here from Queens? Anybody from Manhattan? Westchester? Staten Island? The Bronx? Hartford? Anybody here from New Jersey? Okay, we’re going to do a song that’s sort of locally, vaguely, based, so be forgiving if you can. It’s called ‘Harlem Shuffle.'”
The Stones’ current No Filter trek has seen them pull several tunes out of mothballs — including the Steel Wheels opener “Sad Sad Sad” returning to the setlist for the first time since 2002 and to the delight of hardcores — the band’s classic rendition of Don Covay‘s “Mercy Mercy” being dug up after a five decade hiatus.
Although the Stones’ current shows never seem to go too deep into the band’s catalogue, there have still been a string of fan favorites that have made it into the recent setlists, including, “Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker),” “Monkey Man,” “Under My Thumb,” “She’s So Cold,” “Play With Fire,” and “Rocks Off.”