After nearly 30 years of trying, the world’s most famous rock band finally made it to the world’s most populous country, as the Rolling Stones brought their show to a small stage in China’s biggest city.
Even if the Stones can’t always sing what they want, they still bring high energy to the stage. This show was no exception, and they launched into it with brio, with the choice of songs like “Bitch,” played early in the act, seemingly to make the point that censorship was pointless.
For one of their signature hits, “Wild Horses,” the Stones shared the stage with Cui Jian, 45, a pioneer of Chinese rock who, unlike many of the fans, both knew the lyrics and did not miss a beat in his rhythm guitar accompaniment. “This is the 20th-year anniversary of Chinese rock ‘n’ roll,” the Chinese star said after the song. “We have an appointment. In the near future, they will be back, and we’ll rock again in Beijing.”
See also “China’s home-grown rock’n’roll craves glory” by Xinhua (link)
And “Rock ‘n’ Rolling Into China,” by Geoffrey A. Fowler (link)