US high school choir will back Rolling Stones
This May 3, 2013 file photo shows Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones performing on the kickoff of the band's "50 and Counting" tour at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The Green Valley High School choir in Henderson, Nev., will join the Stones at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Saturday, May 11, for the encore performance of their hit song, "You Can't Always Get What You Want.'" (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
LAS VEGAS (AP) — You can't always get what you want. Unless, perhaps, you're a member of the Green Valley High School choir and you want a chance to sing onstage with the Rolling Stones.
The Henderson school's choir will join the Stones at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday night for the encore performance of their hit song, "You Can't Always Get What You Want."
Choir director Kim Ritzer said she thought it was a joke when she first got a message on Facebook from someone she didn't know inviting them to sing backup for the famous rockers. She later learned a friend who teaches music at the University of Southern California had recommended them.
"When I announced it to the kids, I think their parents were more excited than they were because some of them didn't even know who the Rolling Stones were," Ritzer told KLAS-TV (http://tinyurl.com/c7w3en4 ).
They sealed the deal with an audition via Skype for a representative of the band in London.
"I called my dad. He was screaming at me over the phone and said, 'Are you kidding me?'" said Kyle Sorenson, a freshman in the Green Valley High choir.
The 24 singers had only had two weeks to learn the song they'll perform with Mick Jagger and company Saturday night. The singers have to be at the arena by 1:30 p.m. for the 8 p.m. show, but nobody is complaining.
"I'm going around going, 'Hey, so who's performing with the Rolling Stones on Saturday?'" senior Alex Miller bragged.
"It's cool, like, a lot of my friends that are into the Rolling Stones are, like, 'Can you get me tickets?' And I'm like, 'No. sorry. It's an exclusive thing.'"