Karl Denson Plays First Show With Rolling Stones

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Last night The Rolling Stones finally began the Australia/New Zealand leg of the 14 On Fire Tour that was supposed to take place in March, but was postponed following the death of L’Wren Scott. The big news from the tour opener at Adelaide Oval in Adelaide, Australia as far as we’re concerned was that it marked saxophonist Karl Denson’s first performance as a member of The Rolling Stones’ touring band. Denson stepped up to fill Bobby Keys’ role within the Stones.

Fan reports from the show note that Denson’s biggest turn in the spotlight came towards the end of the performance, when he took a solo in “Brown Sugar.” Karl D. is very familiar with “Brown Sugar” as it’s the opening track off Sticky Fingers, the 1971 Rolling Stones album Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe played in its entirety over the course of a lengthy tour with special guest Anders Osborne.

The Rolling Stones stuck to the same setlist as for their last show back in July at Roskilde with a few exceptions. A cover of Bob Dylan’s “Like A Rolling Stone” won out in fan voting and was performed in the seventh slot, while “She’s So Cold” was played at Roskilde. Also, Keith Richards’ two-song segment of the set featured “Happy” and “Can’t Be Seen” in Adelaide, while “You Got The Silver” and “Can’t Be Seen” were played at Roskilde. The tour’s special guest, guitarist Mick Taylor, helped out on “Midnight Rambler” and the “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” finale. Mick Jagger and Co. called upon the Young Adelaide Voices and the Adelaide Chamber Singers to back them on “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.”

Jagger noted Denson’s debut during band introductions after “Honky Tonk Women” by stating, “playing his first gig with us tonight Mr. Karl Denson!” A concert-goer rushed the stage before “Satisfaction,” which threw off Richards’ introduction. Security guards quickly escorted the man off stage, leading Mick to note, “All part of the act, some Aussies Rules tackling!” The Rolling Stones return to the stage on Wednesday in Perth.

Watch a concert-goer rush the stage and get escorted off:

Here’s a fan-shot clip that starts with Karl Denson’s “Brown Sugar” solo:

Set: Jumpin’ Jack Flash, Let’s Spend The Night Together, It’s Only Rock’n’Roll, Tumbling Dice, Wild Horses, Doom and Gloom, Like A Rolling Stone (Winner Song Vote), Out Of Control, Honky Tonk Women, Band Introductions, Happy (Keith), Can’t Be Seen (Keith), Midnight Rambler (with Mick Taylor), Miss You, Gimme Shelter, Start Me Up, Sympathy for the Devil, Brown Sugar

Encore: You Can’t Always Get What You Want (with the Young Adelaide Voices and the Adelaide Chamber Singers), (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction (with Mick Taylor)