The Rolling Stones hit London, Brooklyn, and Newark over the next month for their first group of 50th-anniversary shows, and a few things are all but guaranteed to happen at each gig: Mick will be rocking sperm-count-abating pants, Charlie will be pretending he’s not sick of Ronnie, and Keef will be burning through Marlboros as he burns through solos, adding further damage to skin that would startle the most jaded dermatologist.
While some if not all of the above is unfortunate, these guys are also guaranteed to tear through a number of their all-time classics: “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”, “Honky Tonk Women”, “Brown Sugar”, “Jumpin’ Jack Flash”, and “Sympathy for the Devil” chief among them. This will more than redeem any regrettable circumstances.
But even with those shoo-ins, there’s plenty of space left for variety. (And variety is certainly welcome — after all, “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” can only be so much of a gas 40 years on.) Fortunately, the Stones’ five-decade tenure has produced so many great songs that not even a Springsteen-length set could accommodate them all. That said, what follows are just 10 of the infrequently played cuts that would complement those aforementioned standards.