Rolling Stones Fans Call for Band to Reintroduce ‘Brown Sugar’ Into Setlist

The Rolling Stones recently announced that they would no longer be performing “Brown Sugar” live amid backlash over the lyrics and now fans are demanding them to reintroduce the hit 1971 song back into their setlist by bombarding the band’s social media accounts with requests. 

The calls are loudest on Instagram, where the band’s management frequently asks fans to vote for a bonus song to be added to the setlist for upcoming performances. A shortlist of four songs is added for fans to vote from and although “Brown Sugar” is not an option, this has not stopped supporters from voting for it. The demand has notably grown in the last three weeks, when the band shared that they would be retiring the song. This is evident with a quick glance at the Stones’ Instagram posts, which include copies of the band’s setlist. 

“Brown Sugar” is one of the Stones’ most-played songs but it has drawn its share of controversy. The lyrics are said to explore the horrors of slavery, as well as sexual assault, and it has drawn widespread criticism. The band last played the song on Aug. 30, 2019, in Miami, Florida, according to the Daily Mail, but was notably absent from the Stones’ setlist during their current No Filter Tour. When asked about it by the Los Angeles Times, guitarist Keith Richards admitted he did not understand the pushback. 

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