In a First, the Stones Rock China, but Hold the Brown Sugar – Howard French

From the New York Times (link)

After nearly 30 years of trying, the world’s most famous rock band finally made it to the world’s largest country, as the Rolling Stones brought their show to a small stage in China’s biggest city.

The concert on Saturday, a late addition to the band’s Biggest Bang world tour, was the product of long negotiations and numerous compromises: from the venue, a diminutive 8,000-seat indoor arena, to the songs allowed by Chinese censors.

The five songs reported to have been banned were “Brown Sugar,” “Beast of Burden,” “Let’s Spend the Night Together,” “Honky Tonk Women” and “Rough Justice,” a song from the Stones’ new album. The first four were also left off the Chinese version of the band’s greatest hits album when it was released here in 2003.

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