The Rolling Stones‘ Zip Code tour has featured a special guest appearance or a deep dip into their legendary catalog at nearly every stop, and the band’s concert Saturday night at Kansas City’s Arrowhead Stadium continued that trend. Ed Sheeran, who served as the Stones’ opening act for the Kansas City show, later joined the band onstage to duet with Mick Jagger on “Beast of Burden.”
According to the Rolling Stones YouTube page, Sheeran and the Stones decided to perform “Beast of Burden” “after days of discussion.” Jagger and Sheeran joked about that deliberation process when they teased that, instead of the Some Girls classic, they’d perform another song in Kansas City: Fetty Wap’s “Trap Queen.” “Ed and I have been rehearsing,” Jagger said. “We think it’s going to work in Kansas City. It’s one of the favorite songs of this group, so we’re bashing away at the piano and guitar doing that.” Sheeran previously covered Fetty Wap’s hit single during a Tonight Show visit.
The Zip Code tour has also allowed the Stones to dust off geographically inspired cover songs that the band hasn’t performed in nearly a half-century. In Columbus, Ohio, the Stones dropped a surprise cover of the McCoys’ regional anthem “Hang On Sloopy,” and apropos of their Kansas City concert, the group unearthed their rendition of Little Willie Littlefield’s “Kansas City” for the first time since the early Sixties.
Sheeran is the latest Zip Code Tour opening act to share the stage with the Stones. At the band’s June 23rd stop at Milwaukee’s Summerfest, Buddy Guy jammed with the Stones on a cover of Muddy Waters’ “Champagne & Reefer.” Brad Paisley helped out on “Dead Flowers” in Pittsburgh and Gary Clark Jr. guested on “Bitch” at the tour-opening San Diego show.
Sheeran also used his opening slot as an opportunity to capture a selfie with the Rolling Stones.