Watch the Rolling Stones perform ‘Sweet Virginia’ in Amsterdam

The “Exile on Main St.” cut was played for the first time since August 30, 2019.

By Scott Bernstein Jul 8, 2022 7:14 a.m. PDT

The Rolling Stones incorporated the tour debut of “Sweet Virginia” into their concert at the Johan Cruijff ArenA in Amsterdam on Thursday. “Sweet Virginia” was played on demand as the gem of 1972 Exile on Main St. won the fan vote.

Last night’s show was originally scheduled for June 13 but was postponed after Mick Jagger tested positive for COVID-19. Jagger took a moment early in the evening to apologize to fans for the “inconvenience” caused by his battle with COVID.

The famous rock band began the final leg of their 60th anniversary tour with “Street Fighting Man” before serving the first “Let’s Spend The Night Tonight” of the trek. Next is “Tumbling Dice”, followed by the very recent “Out Of Time”.

Mick then revealed that “Sweet Virginia” beat “Wild Horses”, “Fool To Cry” and “Ruby Tuesday” in a fan-powered vote. Thursday marked the band’s first performance of the song since August 30, 2019 and with Steve Jordan who replaced Charlie Watts after the drummer passed away last summer. Jagger, who asked Jordan to “speed it up a bit,” played harmonica and acoustic guitar on “Sweet Virginia.”

The concert continued with the classic “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” and a performance of the 2020 single “Living A Ghost Town.” The new song of the night gave way to the second “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking” of the tour. After “Honky Tonk Women”, Keith Richards performed “You Got The Silver” and “Happy”. Mick returned for “Miss You” and an extended “Midnight Rambler” before leading the band through the must-see “Paint It Black”, “Start Me Up”, “Gimme Shelter” and “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” to bring the main set to its conclusion. The Rolling Stones bid farewell to the Amsterdam crowd with an encore “Sympathy For The Devil” and “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.”

Check out some fan-shot video footage of last night’s “Sweet Virginia” below:

set list

The Rolling Stones at the Johan Cruijff ArenA

  • Tribute to Charlie Watts
  • street fighter man
  • Let’s spend the night together
  • Beginner tumbling
  • Out of time
  • Sweet Virginia
  • You can’t always get what you want
  • Living in a ghost town
  • Can’t you hear me knock
  • Honky Tonk Women
  • You have the money
  • Happy
  • I miss you
  • Midnight Rambler
  • Paint it black
  • start Me Up
  • give me shelter
  • Jump Jack Flash
  • Sympathy for the Devil
  • (I can’t get no) Satisfaction

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