The Rolling Stones are releasing a deluxe edition of Sticky Fingers on May 26th, and fans that see the band this summer might get to experience the 1971 album in its entirety. “We’re floating the idea of playing the whole album,” Mick Jagger tells Rolling Stone. “At the very least, we’ll play the songs we don’t normally play.”
Sticky Fingers tracks “Brown Sugar,” “Wild Horses,” “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking,” “Bitch” and “Dead Flowers” have been in regular rotation in the Stones set list for years, but others are extremely rare. They haven’t played “You Gotta Move” since the summer of 1976, and “Sister Morphine,” “Moonlight Mile” and “I Got The Blues” have been untouched since the 1990s.
Jagger isn’t totally convinced that playing the whole album in stadiums is a wise idea. “It’s a really great album,” he says. “But it has a lot of slow songs. Normally in a show we’d just do one or two ballads. Sticky Fingers has about five slow songs. I’m just worried that it might be problematic in stadiums. Maybe we’d play it and everyone would say, ‘Great,’ but maybe they’ll get restless and start going to get drinks.”
Tour rehearsals begin in a few weeks and the group will use that time to figure out the feasibility of playing the album in its entirety. “I’m sure we’ll have a go at it,” Jagger says. “We play a lot of the tunes and know them pretty well. I think we’ve played them all at least once. It’s not like trying to do [the 1967 psych-rock album] Their Satanic Majesties Request.”
The Rolling Stones kick off the 15-city Zip Code Tour on May 24th in San Diego and wrap up on July 15th in Quebec. Tickets for all shows except Quebec go on sale Monday, April 13th.