Lady Gaga was transported to the 1970s this weekend when she took the stage with the Rolling Stones.

Fifty years into their career, the Rolling Stones lined up a bunch of big-name guests for their “One More Shot” pay-per-view concert on Saturday night, ranging from Gaga to John Mayer and the Black Keys.

Lady Gaga was the first guest to appear. Dancing onto the stage as the band started playing “Gimme Shelter,” she belted out the female vocal part originally recorded by Merry Clayton on 1969’s Let It Bleed. At their recent shows, that part has been taken by R&B singer Mary J. Blige and British siren Florence Welch of Florence & The Machine.

But Gaga seemed to be channeling Janis Joplin and Tina Turner in her singing and stage presence; her wild dancing recalled the ’60s more than the modern moves seen in her own music videos.

Dressed in a skin-tight black and gold catsuit and sporting a long thick mane, she had as much chemistry with Mick Jagger as any of his duet partners in recent memory; they were practically nose-to-nose by the end of the song.

And she didn’t leave after her performance – the cameras returned to her a few times throughout the rest of the pay-per-view broadcast, revealing her dancing furiously and singing along with the rest of the fans. 

Given the events of the past day, “Gimme Shelter” took on a more chilling tone, with Jagger and Gaga both singing “Children, it’s just a shot away.” Recognizing the tragic and new significance of the lyrics, after the song ended Jagger sent “Love and condolences” to everyone affected by the shooting in Connecticut the day before.

The next guests were guitar slingers John Mayer and Gary Clark Jr. who joined for “bluestime” – the band’s code for playing a blues cover. They performed Freddie King’s classic “Goin’ Down” with all four guitarists – Mayer, Clark, and Keith Richards and Ron Wood of the Rolling Stones – trading off leads.

Brian Ives, CBS Local 


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