The Rolling Stones performed a surprise show for 1,200 truckers at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas on October 3 and, a day later, issued a pair of video clips teasing news of their first new album in a decade.
The concert was part of a customer appreciation dinner for truck manufacturer Freightliner during the 2016 American Trucking Associations’ annual Management Conference & Exhibition, according to TT News.
The band delivered a 14-song, 90-minute set of classics inside a conference room converted into a concert venue at the Bellagio that includes the first live performance of the “Steel Wheels” single, “Mixed Emotions”, since 1990.
The secret Las Vegas gig doubled as a warm-up date ahead of the group’s appearances at the Desert Trip festival in Indio, CA on October 7 and 14.
The new classic rock festival – running October 7-9 and 14-16 at the Empire Polo Club – will see the Stones and Bob Dylan perform on Fridays, Paul McCartney and Neil Young on Saturdays, and Roger Waters and The Who on Sunday evenings.
The Rolling Stones will return to Las Vegas for concerts at the T-Mobile Arena on October 19 and 22.
The band also offered up two short video previews of a release coming October 6, which is expected to be the lead track from the group’s new blues album that was recorded late last year.
The clips tease a blues song from the project, which will mark The Rolling Stones' first new album in a decade as the follow-up to 2005’s “A Bigger Bang.”
"We went in to cut some new songs, which we did," explained guitarist Ron Wood in April. "But we got on a blues streak. We cut 11 blues in two days. They are extremely great cover versions of Howlin' Wolf and Little Walter, among other blues people. But they really sound authentic.”
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