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1972 was a great year for the Rolling Stones; their tenth studio album Exile on Main St. was a commercial success, and their American tour was one of the most highly anticipated tours of the decade with rock critic Dave Marsh calling it “part of rock and roll legend” and one of the “benchmarks of an era.” Of course, a Rolling Stones show just wouldn’t be the same without a high energy rendition of 1968’s “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” complete with frontman Mick Jagger pulling out all the stops – including dance moves learned from friend Tina turner – and towards the end of their 1972 show in Texas, the Rolling Stones gave their crowd exactly that.
Fun Fact: Their beloved 1972 album Exile on Main Street had the working title of Tropical Disease.
Taken from the concert film Ladies and Gentlemen: The Rolling Stones, this footage of “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” is a fantastic throwback to the days of rock and roll when rockstars were really rockstars and if any band could be considered your textbook rockstars, it’s these guys!
At 29, Mick Jagger’s never looked better or healthier, parading around the stage in a velvet, rhinestone covered jumpsuit and matching satin belt; he’s always been one of rock’s more entertaining frontman, known for a magnetic stage presence that ties in perfectly with his band’s blues inspired brand of rock and roll. Guitarists Mick Taylor and Keith Richards made for an absolutely genius pair that night with their two-pronged lead and rhythm guitar attack, helping create a night that Stones fans would never forget – and neither will you!
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