The Rolling Stones closed out the opening night of the all-star Desert Trip festival in Indio, California with a greatest hits set that featured a few surprises, including the rock icons’ first ever effort cover of the Beatles’ “Come Together.”
“This may be strange to you now. We’re gonna do a cover song of a sort of unknown beat group,” Mick Jagger told the crowd before the surprise performance of the Abbey Road opener. “I think you might remember [them], we’re gonna try a cover of one of their tunes.”
Before in the set, the Stones dusted off their updated performance of the blues classic “Ride ‘Em on Down,” indicating the first time the group had performed the song live since 1962. The Stones’ forthcoming blues cover album Blue & Lonesome features the band’s studio take of that track.
Desert Trip continues with sets by Neil Young and Paul McCartney.