Watch the Rolling Stones Deliver First ‘Hang On Sloopy’ Performance Since 1966
In honor of the location of the night's show, the band performed "Hang On Sloopy," the signature hit by the McCoys that became a No. 1 song in October 1965. As Stones fans know, the song first surfaced in 1964, when it was originally recorded by the Vibrations — and it started making appearances during Stones concerts soon after.
In 1985, a columnist for the Columbus Citizen-Journal mounted a semi-serious campaign to have "Hang On Sloopy" named the official state rock song, on the grounds that the McCoys hailed from the Dayton area, and in the fall of that year, the Ohio General Assembly made those dreams come true. The Stones hadn't performed it since 1966 before they came to Columbus May 30, but they tucked it into the show between the night's rendition of "Wild Horses" and the fan-requested number for the evening, "Paint It Black."
As Jambase notes, "Hang On Sloopy" wasn't the night's only Ohio-centric number — the evening's set list rounded out with a two-song encore that started with a performance of "You Can't Always Get What You Want" backed by the Ohio University Choir. Check out video of the song below.
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