Watch the Rolling Stones Perform “Sympathy for the Devil” Live for the First Time


Archival footage of the Rolling Stones performing their 1968 track “Sympathy for the Devil” in concert for the first time has been uploaded online.Landing on US label ABCKO’s YouTube channel earlier this week, the video is an unreleased 1996 version of the band. Cirque Rock and Roll concert film that was not part of the final version.

The images show the original range of the outfit as it was when the performance was originally filmed in 1968, including Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Bill Wyman, Charlie Watts, Ian Stewart and Brian Jones.

There is also a brief cameo from John Lennon at 4:54, having also performed as part of supergroup The Dirty Mac with Eric Clapton, Richards and Mitch Mitchell during the show.

Watch the video below:

The concert film was originally conceived as a BBC special and directed by Michael Lindsey-Hogg. In addition to performances from The Rolling Stone and The Dirty Mac, there were also sets from Yoko Ono, Marianne Faithfull, Jethro Tull, Taj Mahal and The Who.

“It was an incredible shoot, I think 36 hours or something,” Richards recalled in a statement.

“I remember not remembering everything towards the end… but it was fun… we went through two audiences… we were using one… it was great!”

Director Lindsay-Hogg also spoke about his experience shooting the film.

« [Mick Jagger] used the last track of the great performer he is, ”Lindsay-Hogg added.

“The camera was right there in front of him to use it however he wanted. He was not watching her from afar; he was two feet away from him and he and the cameras were molded to each other almost because he was using it so wonderfully.

The Rolling Stones released a reissue of their 1973 record “Goat’s Head Soup” earlier this year. The re-release beat indie artist Declan McKenna’s ‘Zeros’ to number one on the UK charts by 800 sales and made them the first group in UK history to reach the top of the charts with an album in six decades different.


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