Watch The Rolling Stones’ Searing 'Sympathy For The Devil' Live Debut From 1968

Watch The Rolling Stones’ Searing 'Sympathy For The Devil' Live Debut From 1968

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The Rolling Stones. Photo by Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns/Getty Images.

The Rolling Stones first-ever television performance of Sympathy for the Devil in 1968 is a searing preview of one of the greatest rock 'n roll bands of all time in the making. 

The remastered footage is taken from previously unreleased cuts of Stones’ 1996 concert film, Rock and Roll Circus and marks the last performance of the band’s original lineup, consisting of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Bill Wyman, Charlie Watts, Ian Stewart and Brian Jones (who passed away just nine months after this performance was recorded).

Watch the Stones tear through an epic, almost nine-minute, rendition of then now-iconic track below!

The Rolling Stones | “Sympathy For The Devil” [1968]

Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richard, the 1968 album Beggars Banquet opener, Sympathy For The Devil is easily one of the Rolling Stones’ most well-known tracks.

Keith Richards recalled this live recording being ”an incredible shoot, I think, 36 hours or something. I remember not remembering everything towards the end… but it was fun… we went through two audiences… wore one out… it was great!”

If there is one man who will probably outlive us all, it's Keith Richards. The legendary guitarist celebrates his 78th birthday today, with little sign of slowing from the man who has openly embraced lives vices, it's fair to say that Richards IS the personification of rock 'n' roll! Give him a spin on streaming below.  


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