Happy Birthday Mick Jagger: Performing Live With The Rolling Stones In 1972

Taken from The Stones' legendary American Tour 1972, the soundboard compilation features 'Exile' favorites and earlier classics.

By Nate Todd Jul 26, 2021 11:52 am PDT

The Rolling StonesMick Jagger celebrates his 78th birthday today. The iconic frontman was born on July 26, 1943 in Dartford, Kent, England. As The Stones are set to resume the Fall 2021 leg of their No Filter Tour in U.S., JamBase takes a look at a compilation from The Rolling Stones’ most legendary tour in celebration of Mick Jagger’s birthday.

The Stones released their landmark double LP Exile On Main St. in May 1972, widely considered the band’s best and one of the greatest rock albums of all time. A few month later, The Rolling Stones — Jagger, guitarists Keith Richards and Mick Taylor, drummer Charlie Watts and bassist Bill Wyman along with touring members keyboardists Nicky Hopkins and Ian Stewart and the horn section of saxophonist Bobby Keys and trumpeter Jim Price — would embark on a North American Tour simply referred to as the American Tour 1972 as well as the Stones Touring Party. The latter was perhaps a more fitting moniker as the run was infamous for the rock ‘n’ roll debauchery that characterized the era.

The tour kicked off in Vancouver on June 3, 1972 and would see The Stones throughout the U.S. and in Canada for the rest of June and July. The run wrapped up with a three-night stand at Madison Square Garden in New York City culminating on Jagger’s 29th birthday. The concert saw Mick blowing out candles on a huge birthday cake and pies were also wheeled in which led to a pie fight between the band and the audience.

Just days before the tour closer, The Stones conducted a three-show run at The Spectrum in Philadelphia with one concert on July 20 and two on July 21. The lion’s share of a compilation dubbed “Rolling Stones 1972 Deuces Still Wild Soundboard Recordings 1” posted on the YouTube account of Buzz Roberts is taken from these shows along with a few entries from a June 24 concert in Fort Worth. The stellar performances showcase The Stones at the height of their powers, delivering tight, gritty, raucous rock ‘n’ roll.

The video compilation features Exile favorites like “Rocks Off,” Keith Richards’ “Happy,” “Tumbling Dice,” “Sweet Virginia,” “All Down The Line” and “Rip This Joint.” The collection also contains earlier classics including “Brown Sugar,” “Gimme Shelter,” “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” “Jumping Jack Flash” and “Street Fighting Man.” The compilation concludes with tour opener Stevie Wonder joining the band for a rendition of his hit “Uptight” paired up with “I Can’t Get No (Satisfaction).”

To celebrate Mick Jagger’s birthday, listen to The Rolling Stones perform on their American Tour 1972 below:

Tracklist, Timings & Show Info

  1. Brown Sugar * 00:00
  2. Bitch * 03:20
  3. Rocks Off * 07:48
  4. Gimme Shelter * 11:37
  5. Happy ** 16:30
  6. Tumbling Dice * 19:38
  7. Love In Vain ** 24:10
  8. Sweet Virginia ** 30:15
  9. You Can’t Always Get What You Want ** 34:29
  10. All Down The Line ** 42:48
  11. Midnight Rambler 46:51
  12. Bye Bye Johnny * 56:29
  13. Rip This Joint * 59:35
  14. Jumping Jack Flash **** 01:01:41
  15. Street Fighting Man **** 01:05:11
  16. Uptight/I Can’t Get No Satisfaction * 01:09:23

Taken From:

  • * 20/07/1972 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania The Spectrum
  • ** 21/07/1972 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania The Spectrum – First Show
  • *** 21/07/1972 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania The Spectrum – Second Show
  • **** 24/06/1972 Fort Worth, Texas Tarrant County Convention Center – First Show
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