Dating back to its 1971 release, the Rolling Stones ballad “Wild Horses” has always had a timeless quality. World-weary lyrics and delicate acoustic guitars make the cut sound more like a dispatch from a Gold Rush frontier outpost or a Depression-era dustbowl town than a song recorded by one of rock history’s most hedonistic bands at their creative zenith.
Maybe that’s why, even decades later, “Wild Horses” remains such an entrancing part of the Stones’ live act — as demonstrated in a live clip of the band performing the tune in 2015, which EW is excited to premiere below.
The clip was recorded on May 20, 2015 at Los Angeles’ Fonda Theatre, the intimate venue where the Stones kicked off that summer’s Zip Code Tour. But the concert stood out for a more important reason: It was the first time they’ve performed their classic 1971 album Sticky Fingers in its entirety. The beloved LP contains all-time great Stones songs including “Brown Sugar,” “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking,” and, of course, “Wild Horses.”
Though the Stones haven’t replicated their Sticky Fingers performance — yet, at least — fans will now be able to enjoy the set with the release of From the Vault: Sticky Fingers Live At The Fonda Theatre 2015, due out Friday. Available via CD, vinyl, and digital, as well as DVD and Blu-ray from Eagle Rock Entertainment, the release captures the fiery gig, which also featured performances of non-Fingers songs such as “Start Me Up” and “Jumpin’ Jack Flash.”