The Stones are on a roll with special guests at their “50 and Counting” concerts, and the list just keeps growing. The band has just announced that Bruce Springsteen, Lady Gaga and The Black Keys will guest at the mini-tour’s final show on Saturday (December 15) at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
“We’re excited these extraordinary artists, Bruce Springsteen, Lady Gaga and the Black Keys, have agreed to help celebrate our 50th Anniversary as we share the night live with our fans all over the world,” the Stones said on their official website. “Now the fun begins of trying to figure out the best songs to perform together.”
If the band’s recent shows are any indication, Gaga could be dueting “Gimme Shelter” with Jagger, as the tour’s two other female guests – Mary J. Blige and Florence Welch – both have. As for Springsteen, he’s covered Stones songs like early single “The Last Time” in his shows, so perhaps that’s an indication of his direction (watch below). The bluesy, fuzzy swagger of the Black Keys would fit in with much of the Stones’ classic material, so that’s practically toss-up.
It’s little surprise that the Stones would nab such epic forces in the music world for the show that’s being broadcast via pay-per-view on cable/satellite worldwide starting at 9 p.m. ET. The TV special, which is also available via web/mobile streaming, is titled One More Shot and produced by GRAMMY producer Ken Ehrlich. E! will air a pre-show for the show starting at 8 p.m. ET on December 15th, live from the Prudential Center.
Before the Stones get to their final show this year, they’ve got big gigs all week. They were recently added to the 12.12.12 concert for Hurricane Sandy at New York’s Madison Square Garden, where they’ll join just about every other touring classic rock great. Jagger and Richards will also present the “Top Ten List” on The Late Show With David Letterman the night before, Tuesday, December 11.
Then on Thursday (December 13), they’ll have their first Newark show. No word on the special guests for that performance, but the band’s site has been announcing those guests ahead of time. So far, those guests have included: former Stones members Mick Taylor and Bill Wyman, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Mary J. Blige, Florence Welch (of Florence and the Machine) and Gary Clark Jr.
The band played Brooklyn’s new Barclays Center this weekend, where Jagger referred to Jay-Z as “Jay Zed.”
– Jillian Mapes, CBS Local