The Rolling Stones Will Debut Exclusive Concert Clips in Upcoming YouTube Series

The Rolling Stones were set to tour before the COVID-19 lockdown. Now they're offering "Extra Licks" to pass the time.

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Feel like you’re living in a ghost town? The Rolling Stones will throw some “Extra Licks” to get your kicks, when you have no reason to ride Route 66. The band is launching a six-part weekly series which will feature bonus footage shot live in concert. It’s all part of YouTube’s #StayHome campaign.

The Rolling Stones’ “Extra Licks” will be available on the band’s official YouTube channel starting this Sunday. None of the featurettes have been made available digitally before. They will appear as a YouTube Premiere. The streaming bonus features will be taken from six concert films, including performances from the 1994 Voodoo Lounge Tour and the 2016 Latin America Ole! Tour.

You can watch a preview here:

The Rolling Stones planned a major tour before the coronavirus pandemic closed all gatherings and shuttered people at home. Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood, and Charlie Watts performed their song “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” for the Together at Home COVID-19 relief special live, but separate, through four-part acoustic living-room video. “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” was off the band’s 1969 Let It Bleed album. They’ve been doing it live since their 1972 Exile on Main Street tour. They’ve played it more than almost any other song in their catalog. But still the band won’t say what Watts is doing in the live at-home performance, well, it’s only rock ‘n’ roll, but I like it.

The band recently released a new song called “Living In A Ghost Town.” The accompanying music video intersperses footage of the recording with fast-motion footage of empty streets. The song, which nods to The Specials’ 1981 hit “Ghost Town,” was recorded over a year ago in Los Angeles, and London, but is lyrically contemporary. “Life was so beautiful, then we all got locked down,” Jagger sings.

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You can watch the music video here:

The single debuted on the Billboard charts 56 years after The Rolling Stones made their first appearance. “Not Fade Away” debuted at No. 98 on the Billboard Hot 100 dated on May 2,1964.  “Living In A Ghost Town” marks seven consecutive decades the band has debuted a song on a Billboard chart. At 37, The Rolling Stones have had the most top 10 albums in the history of the Billboard 200 chart.

The Rolling Stones’ “Extra Licks” will be available on the band’s official YouTube channel, starting this Sunday May 3, at 3 p.m. eastern time, which is 8 p.m. in Stepney.