Brad Paisley Plays With The Rolling Stones

Brad sings and plays guitar on “Dead Flowers.”

photo by Todd Kaplan/Schmidt Relations

Ladies and gentlemen, Brad Paisley and The Rolling Stones. The white-hatted country star gave Stones fans in Philadelphia an added bonus on Tuesday night (June 18) when he joined Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and the rest of the legendary rock ’n’ roll band onstage during the group’s 50 and Counting Tour.

Country Weekly was in the Wells Fargo Arena in South Philly when Brad ambled onto the enormous stage—shaped like the group’s iconic lips-and-tongue logo—to perform the Stones’ “Dead Flowers,” the country-leaning ramble from the band’s 1971 Sticky Fingers album. And Brad certainly gave the tune some added twang, playing a blistering solo at Mick’s request. 

Perhaps surprisingly for a mainstream country star, Brad handled some of the song’s most notorious lyrics when he sang the drug-referencing line I'll be in my basement room with a needle and a spoon / and another girl to take my pain away. CW pointed out Brad’s particularly badass delivery on Twitter shortly following the performance, eliciting a short but fun response from the singer.

Brad’s role as the Stones’ “special guest” makes him just the latest country artist to land the coveted spot. Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban and Taylor Swift have all appeared on recent tour dates. 

The Rolling Stones next perform on Friday (June 21), again in Philadelphia, with New Orleans great Aaron Neville as the night’s special guest. 

Brad opened up about living his rock ’n’ roll dream in this video put together by the Stones.

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