The Rolling Stones paid tribute to the Beatles at a performance in Liverpool on June 9, performing the Lennon-McCartney-penned song “I Wanna Be Your Man.”
The performance marked the Stones’ first concert in Liverpool in more than 50 years, a fact not lost on frontman Mick Jagger. “It’s great to be back at Liverpool after so long. Long time not seen,” the singer reportedly told the crowd.
At the start of the set, Jagger suggested the band could play a rendition of “You’ll Never Walk Alone”, the anthem of local football team Liverpool FC. “But, instead we decided to do a cover of a song written by other local guys,” the Stones frontman said, “so we’re doing it especially for you Liverpool, OK?”
From there, the band launched into “I Wanna Be Your Man”, the classic song written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney but originally released by the Rolling Stones. The Beatles songwriting duo gave the song to their counterparts in 1963, with the Stones’ version reaching No. 12 in the UK chart. The Beatles version will be released three weeks later on the UK album With the Beatles.
According to Setlist.fm, the Rolling Stones last performed “I Wanna Be Your Man” at a 2012 concert at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. See footage from their performance in Liverpool below.
Earlier in the night, the Stones kicked off their set with a tribute video to drummer Charlie Watts, who died last August. It was the band’s first UK performance since Watts’ death, which Jagger acknowledged in front of the crowd.
“In 1962 we met a drummer called Charlie Watts and this is our first tour of England without him, so we would like to dedicate this show to Charlie,” the frontman announced.
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