The Rolling Stones Dust Off ‘Connection’ In Nashville

See the band perform the tour debut of "Dead Flowers" and their first "Connection" since 2006.

By Scott Bernstein Oct 11, 2021 10:32 am PDT

The Rolling Stones brought their U.S. Tour 2021 to Nashville on Saturday, where they busted out “Connection” for the first time in nearly 15 years. Saturday’s show at Nissan Stadium also featured the tour debut of “Dead Flowers” as part of a setlist loaded with classics.

“Street Fighting Man” opened in Nashville as it has for all four concerts on the band’s current tour. The Rolling Stones then paired “Let’s Spend The Night Together” and “Tumbling Dice” with the recently revived “19th Nervous Breakdown” and recently debuted The Chi-Lites cover “Troubles A’ Comin.” Mick Jagger then informed the crowd “Dead Flowers” won out in fan-voting. “Dead Flowers” was last played by the legendary rockers at drummer Charlie Watts' final show on August 30, 2019 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Watts died in August at the age of 80. Steve Jordan has been on drums this tour.

Later in the set, guitarist Keith Richards fronted the group on “Connection” and “Slipping Away.” The Rolling Stones originally released the former on their 1967 album, Between The Buttons. “Connection” last saw on-stage action at The Stones’ November 25, 2006 concert in Vancouver as per Setlist.FM.

Mick Jagger returned following Richards’ turn in the spotlight for a run of “Miss You,” “Midnight Rambler,” “Paint It Black,” “Sympathy For The Devil” and “Jumpin’ Jack Flash.” The Rolling Stones said farewell to the Nashville crowd with an encore featuring “Gimme Shelter” and “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.” Next up for the band is a performance in Los Angeles on Thursday.

Check out fan-shot video of “Connection” and “Dead Flowers” below:


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Setlist

The Rolling Stones at Nissan Stadium

  • Street Fighting Man
  • Let's Spend the Night Together
  • Tumbling Dice
  • 19th Nervous Breakdown
  • Troubles a' Comin  
  • Dead Flowers  
  • You Can't Always Get What You Want
  • Living in a Ghost Town
  • Start Me Up
  • Honky Tonk Women
  • Connection  
  • Slipping Away  
  • Miss You
  • Midnight Rambler
  • Paint It Black
  • Sympathy for the Devil
  • Jumpin' Jack Flash
Encore
  • Gimme Shelter
  • (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction

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