The Rolling Stones Jam With Bruce Springsteen, Play for Bill Clinton at Rock in Rio Lisbon
Backstage gossip that Bill Clinton would join the Rolling Stones onstage Thursday at Rock in Rio's offshoot festival in Portugal turned out to be untrue. But the former U.S. president — sans his saxophone, but with a fleet of black-suited security guards in tow — enjoyed the big show with 80,000 or so other fans in Lisbon's majestically christened "City of Rock," as the iconic band jammed with another American icon: Bruce Springsteen.
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Reprising his "Tumbling Dice" duet from the Stones' 50th anniversary celebration in Newark back in December 2012, Springsteen — who, like Clinton, was an invited VIP guest of the Stones — enthusiastically roared through his vocal parts, beaming. And as he wrapped his brawny arms around the whippet-thin Mick Jagger in a song-concluding bear hug, the Lisbon crowd went understandably wild.
The Boss wasn't the only repeat Stones collaborator to join Jagger and company during their two-hour midnight set. Austin guitar god Gary Clark Jr. — who'd also guested during the band's above-mentioned 2012 anniversary show and opened for the Stones this Thursday on Rock in Rio's World Stage — lent his fiery blues licks to a more-than-respectable rendition of the Some Girls classic "Respectable." And the legendary Mick Taylor, who was the Stones' guitarist from 1969 to 1974 (the fruitful period between Brian Jones and Ronnie Wood), and has been a regular on the group's tour during the past year, showed up for his usual epic, 10-minute-plus, three-pronged "Midnight Rambler" jam session alongside Wood and Keith Richards. Taylor returned to the stage for the show's quite satisfying, fireworks-augmented finale of "Satisfaction," shortly after 2 a.m.