What’s Going On: Rolling Stones Finally Releasing ‘Live At The El Mocambo’

One of the most iconic gigs in the illustrious career of the Rolling Stones is finally being released in full on May 13, 2022. Live At The El Mocambo is taken from the band’s two secret shows that were held at the famed Toronto venue in March 1977. Mixed by Bob Clearmountain, Live At The El Mocambo will be released digitally as well as on double CD and as 4 LP vinyl on either black or neon vinyl. 

The El Mocambo opened in the 1940s and became a historic landmark in Toronto’s music scene, being home to shows from Jimi Hendrix, Marilyn Monroe, U2, Elvis Costello, and Blondie just to name a few. As the legend goes, a radio contest was held to win tickets to see Canadian rockers April Wine headline at the El Mocambo with a dubiously named band of unknowns the Cockroaches set to open for them. Of course, April Wine were the openers for the Cockroaches who turned out to be the Rolling Stones. The two nights of shows quickly became part of Rolling Stones lore that still gets talked about by fans who were there in attendance and has been highly sought after. 

The setlist contains Stones classics like “Jumpin’ Jack Flash”, “Honky Tonk Women”, the now controversial “Brown Sugar” and “Let’s Spend the Night Together.” There’s also a ton of covers such as their take on Willie Dixon’s “Little Red Rooster”, Muddy Waters’ “Mannish Boy” and Big Maceo’s “Worried Life Blues.” And fun fact, Live At The El Mocambo also contains the live debut of “Worried About You” which would go on to be released as a studio version on the band’s 1981 album Tattoo You.

As a taste of what to expect from Live At The El Mocambo, “It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll” and “Rip This Joint” are available to listen to below.

The Rolling Stones’ Live At The El Mocambo will be released on May 13, 2022 and is available for pre-order now.

TRACKLISTING:

  1. Honky Tonk Women (Live at the El Mocambo 1977)
  2. All Down The Line (Live at the El Mocambo 1977)
  3. Hand Of Fate (Live at the El Mocambo 1977)
  4. Route 66 (Live at the El Mocambo 1977)
  5. Fool To Cry (Live at the El Mocambo 1977)
  6. Crazy Mama (Live at the El Mocambo 1977)
  7. Mannish Boy (Live at the El Mocambo 1977)
  8. Crackin’ Up (Live at the El Mocambo 1977)
  9. Dance Little Sister (Live at the El Mocambo 1977)
  10. Around And Around (Live at the El Mocambo 1977)
  11. Tumbling Dice (Live at the El Mocambo 1977)
  12. Hot Stuff (Live at the El Mocambo 1977)
  13. Star Star (Live at the El Mocambo 1977)
  14. Let’s Spend The Night Together (Live at the El Mocambo 1977)
  15. Worried Life Blues (Live at the El Mocambo 1977)
  16. Little Red Rooster (Live at the El Mocambo 1977)
  17. It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll (But I Like It) (Live at the El Mocambo 1977)
  18. Rip This Joint (Live at the El Mocambo 1977)
  19. Brown Sugar (Live at the El Mocambo 1977)
  20. Jumpin’ Jack Flash (Live at the El Mocambo 1977)
  21. Melody (Live at the El Mocambo 1977)
  22. Luxury (Live at the El Mocambo 1977)
  23. Worried About You (Live at the El Mocambo 1977)

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