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Published: 2013/05/06

Tom Waits Shares "Little Red Rooster" with The Rolling Stones

Tom Waits joined The Rolling Stones onstage at Oakland, CA’s Oracle Arena last night. Waits—who rarely tours—emerged six songs into the Stones’ extended set for a cover of Willie Dixon’s “Little Red Rooster.” Besides an unexpected performance of the song during a warm-up show at Bondy, France’s Planet Live on November 8, the Stones had not performed the blues chestnut since 2003.

So far every proper show on the Stones’ 50 & Counting tour has featured at least one special guest. More mainstream collaborators like Gwen Stefani and Keith Urban both sat in with the Stones in Los Angeles on Friday night. Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Bruce Springsteen, The Black Keys, Lady Gaga, Florence Welch, John Mayer and several others joined the veteran rock band onstage during the tour’s 2012 leg.

Last night’s show also boasted the second-ever live version of the Stones’ 1980 hit “Emotional Rescue”—a number the band debuted live on Friday—as well as former Stones guitarist Mick Taylor’s now-regular cameo on “Midnight Rambler.” The San Jose State University Choraliers also provided the intro to “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.”

Here’s a look a last night’s setlist via

Sunday, May 5, Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA

Get Off of My Cloud
It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll (But I Like It)
Live with Me
Paint It Black
Gimme Shelter
Little Red Rooster
(Willie Dixon cover) (with Tom Waits)
Dead Flowers
Emotional Rescue
(second live performance)
All Down the Line
Doom and Gloom
One More Shot
Honky Tonk Women
(followed by band introductions)
Before They Make Me Run
(Keith Richards on lead vocals)
(Keith Richards on lead vocals)
Midnight Rambler
(with Mick Taylor)
Miss You
Start Me Up
Tumbling Dice
Brown Sugar
Sympathy for the Devil
You Can’t Always Get What You Want
(with the San Jose State University Choraliers)
Jumpin’ Jack Flash
(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction

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