Swift brings Rolling Stones fans to "Tears"
Duet is a mixed bag as the stars team up in Chicago
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.
Her 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.
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.
Keith was smart to ignore the performance.
So here's the Question ? Will TAYLOR SWIFT still be remembered at age 70 ?
The STONES Rule Forever ! SPW
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