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Swift brings Rolling Stones fans to "Tears"

Duet is a mixed bag as the stars team up in Chicago

By Mark C. Brown Jun 4, 2013 10:45AM
Barry Brecheisen/AP                        All photos by Barry Brecheisen/AP

Fans would have likely preferred more Mick Taylor, but they got Taylor Swift. As expected, she took the stage in Chicago on Monday night as the latest in a long line of special guests with The Rolling Stones.

She sang a duet with Mick Jagger on "As Tears Go By," a somewhat fitting choice as Jagger's young, blonde girlfriend Marianne Faithfull was the first to make the song a hit way back in the day at the tender age of 17.

One wondered what the reception would be, and while it's hard to tell from this video it appears to be mixed. Jagger doesn't introduce Swift beforehand; she merely walks out in time for the second verse, and it sounds like a mixture of reaction - some cheers, some jeers. And Keith Richards takes a seat and just kinda ignores the whole thing.
Barry Brecheisen/APHer voice is a bit thin, shrill and reedy -- again, it could just be the audio on the footage -- and doesn't infuse the song with emotion the way Faithfull did. But to her credit, she learned the song, barely glancing at the Teleprompter scrolling the lyrics. And by the end the mixed reaction was definitely more on the cheering side.
Update: The official version is out and unfortunately it doesn't sound much better. Odd to hear Jagger tell the crowd "you didn't expect that!" when Swift and the Stones had been spreading the news all day.

Jun 6, 2013 7:58PM
I made it to 1:56 of the 4:21 clip. and MY tears just went by...or is it bye ?
Jun 6, 2013 1:10PM
A very good example of why they need to hang it up. The Stones clearly have lost touch with their fans. If I paid what they were asking for tickets to that show & my daughters singing idol came out to do a duet I would have lost it......
Jun 6, 2013 5:51AM
What a joke........................I can not stand Taylor Swift
Jun 5, 2013 4:45PM
I like Tay Tay even though she and the Stones ( and their fans have very little in common ) I am also glad that the Stones will share the stage with other performers from all walks . In recent shows they had Carrie Underwood Mick Taylor and Taj Mahal . Ok having said that is it just me or do the Stones now resemble one of those puppet cartoons that used to be on when we were kids . I'm thinking Thunderbirds we are go !!!
Jun 5, 2013 3:39PM
are you kidding me . they sound as good as any for a live performance . everyone has there favorites . nobody is going to sound like they sound in a studio  . there is so much going on in a studio these days . they can tweak everything but your soul . this is what it is . two performers singing live , a song they both like .sure there was some bad spots .I listen to guess bands every night on Jay leno and David letterman that sound worse than a train wreck . and even the house band for Jimmy Fallon the Roots an awful awful band , so to each his own . I thought they sounded  as well as most .
Jun 5, 2013 12:26AM
Well if Marianne Faithful could not make it to sing "As Tears Go By," why didn't they have someone like Stevie Nicks sing the. song?  Perhaps even Avril Livigne (sp?)- anyone but Taylor Swift.  A couple of years ago Taylor Swift was in a duet with Stevie Nicks, and it proved that Taylor's voice is not that good, and she sings off key.
Jun 5, 2013 12:01AM
Holy Cow! Mick looks like a flesh colored skeleton! Taylor looks like she could pick him up and spin him in circles over her head with one hand! Mick has always been thin, but if he gets any thinner, he could lean against a wall and disguise himself as a wall poster. 
Jun 4, 2013 11:04PM
I've heard this complaint against the Rolling Stones for decades..."omg, they sound horrible". (Remember their performance on SNL in 1978?). Look, they are awesome, at any age, so they really don't need any defense at all. However, you gotta understand they at legendary status, so they will ALWAYS sell out seats. If you want a perfect cover of 'As Tears Go By', go to a Rolling Stones *cover* band concert...they're many, with many available seats. (In short: stop whining, no one cares).
Jun 4, 2013 10:59PM
Their aren't many bands that have the longevity of the Stone, Beatles, maybe Beach Boys, but as long as they are rockin into their 70's, and they have sell out shows, someone wants to see them. I was always a Stones fan. With age you lose some of your stamina, Mick seems to have kept his. Face is a little droopy, voice ain't  what it use to be, but like I said Keep on Rockin, or Rock till you drop, literally.  
Jun 4, 2013 10:49PM
I respect the stones....but seriously...they need to stop. Just stop. you Don't sound like you did 40 years ago mick Peoples voices change as they get older....they sound...well...older! They need to retire. go out with some dignity. I see them and I just can't believe how old they are. It doesn't even look right anymore. 

You've been working for 50years.  it's fine to stop now. I think it's ridiculous.  

As far as Taylor. wrong person for this song. I have said it before and I will say it again, Taylor CAN NOT sing live. Like so many others now a days. She can't. if you want to hear what a real great life performance voice sounds like, compare her to Adele. no contest! Taylor is just the current "flavor" which is why shes there. They wan't to show that they are still "hip" by bringing her, I see right through that. You guys are not are mega old. Sorry but it's the truth and the stones just don't look right even standing on a stage anymore. 
Jun 4, 2013 10:44PM
Folks, calm yourselves....I mean jezzzzus...people are still listening to Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson and Tony Bennet too. This is nothing.
Jun 4, 2013 10:34PM


Folks this is a really bad recording from a cell phone.  Before you judge this act too harshley, go to Taylow Swifts website and watch the up close, professional recording of this number.  Still not amazing, but a way better audio and video recording. 

Jun 4, 2013 10:14PM
And, and....The only thing thats failing is you old fogeys!  Has it been sooooo long?  You sound like our folks when we were young! Embrace change, let your mind roll on.......
Jun 4, 2013 10:12PM
Don't get everybody putting Taylor down. Guess Mick thought and liked her enough to get her up there with him. Everybody is doggin her because she writes her songs about her break up's. Like you never said one bad word about someone you broke up with. She's just doing what she knows. She knows how to write songs, and that's what she's thinking about. She's done more in her short like than any of us old idiots sitting in front of a computer screen.
Jun 4, 2013 10:09PM
Gimme Mick!!  Taylor, your doin jus' fine...
(Jeez, you guys!)
Jun 4, 2013 10:05PM
Taylor Swift always sounds like she's straining on a bowel movement.
Jun 4, 2013 10:05PM
why?????? she can't sing she needs to go back to school!!!!!!
Jun 4, 2013 9:42PM
Ugh! Swift was brought out because she has a nice body and face...that's all. Her music is wretched and hers fans wouldn't know a great artist/song if it bit them. The Stones will always be celebrated and loved because THEY have talent. Today's Swifts and divas and hip-hoppers will fade.

Keith was smart to ignore the performance.

Jun 4, 2013 9:41PM
I dated Taylor Swift for 15 minutes! -
Jun 4, 2013 9:30PM

So here's the Question ? Will TAYLOR SWIFT still be remembered at age 70 ?

The STONES Rule Forever !            SPW


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