Rolling Stones Bring A Tempered Bang To China

The Stones finally performed in China Saturday night after serveral failed attempts over the past 25 years. (A concert was planned in 2003, but cancelled because of SARS concerns.)

As expected, censors banned at least five songs, reportedly:

  • “Brown Sugar”
  • “Honky Tonk Women”
  • “Beast of Burden”
  • “Let’s Spend the Night Together”
  • “Rough Justice”
Some racy tunes like “Midnight Rambler” and “Sympathy for the Devil” slipped through, along with commie anthem “Start Me Up” which was the opening number.

Ni hao Shanghai!!! Are you ready to rock and stay seated?!

AP reports that the 8000-strong crowd at Grand Stage was mostly foreign, though Chinese audience members seemed pleased with the show.

“‘So old, and yet he can really perform,’ Song Jianghong said, referring to Jagger, 62.”

After the encore, the band promised to return to the communist mainland in another twenty-five years.

Keef smiles after the Minister Of Culture promises to hook him up with some fresh Chinese blood.