The Rolling Stones are not performing the legendary song “Brown Sugar” on their current tour due to the controversy caused by the lyrics, “The Times” wrote. “Don’t they understand that she is just about the horrors of slavery?” Keith Richards, guitarist of the Stones wonders.
The Stones last played this song live at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami in August 2019. The song, which was written in 1969, is not performed during the “No Filter” US tour that is now resumed.
The content of the song “Brown Sugar”, dealing with topics such as slavery or rape, has aroused controversy for years – reminds “The Times”. Last month, music critic Tom Taylor stated that “the bestiality of the slave trade, rape and the unimaginable suffering associated with it should not be spiced up with shallow lyrics and guitar solos.”
“Don’t they understand that she is just about the horrors of slavery?”
The band’s guitarist Keith Richards confirmed in the Los Angeles Times the decision to withdraw the song, but added that he did not understand why people wanted to “bury the song”. “Don’t they understand that she is just about the horrors of slavery?” (…) I hope that in the future we will be able to restore glory to our beloved song – said the 77-year-old musician.
Vocalist and co-author of “Brown Sugar” Mick Jagger commented that the song was withdrawn from the concert list in a different way. “We’ve been playing” Brown Sugar “every night since 1970, so we thought we’d stop playing it for a while and see what it would be like,” said the singer. “Perhaps we’ll come back to him,” he added.
In a 1995 interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Jagger admitted that “he would not write this song today”. – I would probably censor myself. Oh my! So many heavy topics in one text – he said. The singer added that the song was written in 45 minutes, and the main inspiration was his then partner – singer and actress Marsha Hunt.
The song “Brown Sugar” at the time of release took first place on the US charts and second in the UK. On the Spotify streaming platform, the song has been played almost 170 million times.
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