Rolling Stones Drop ‘Brown Sugar’ From Tour Over Slavery Lyrics

The Rolling Stones are one of the greatest rock bands of all time. The group is on my top five list next to The Beatles, Guns N’ Roses, Nirvana, and Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Fans looking to attend the Stones’ latest U.S. tour may be disappointed to find out the band left behind one of its greatest hits. The Rolling Stones have dropped the 1971 song “Brown Sugar” from its tour after criticism over the song’s lyrics: “Gold coast slave ship bound for cotton fields.”

“You picked up on that, huh?,” band member Keith Richards, responded to the LA Times when asked if the Stones had cut the song out.

“I don’t know. I’m trying to figure out with the sisters quite where the beef is. Didn’t they understand this was a song about the horrors of slavery? But they’re trying to bury it. At the moment I don’t want to get into conflicts with all of this s***.

“We’ve played ‘Brown Sugar’ every night since 1970,” Richards added.

“So sometimes you think, ‘We’ll take that one out for now and see how it goes.’ We might put it back in.”

According to Fox News, the Stones have played “Brown Sugar” live 1,136 times, second to only “Jumpin’ Jack Flash.” The Rolling Stones’ tour kicked off in late September and will conclude on November 20. It is the band’s first since 2019 and without drummer Charlie Watts, who died in August at the age of 80.

Anyway, pop culture accepted “Brown Sugar” all the way back in 2019:

Written by Bobby Burack

Bobby Burack covers media, politics, and sports at OutKick.


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  1. “…they’re trying to bury it” Who specifically is “they”. Just tell them to F off. It’s that easy.

    If the Stone are not a) old enough and/or b) rich enough to do whatever they hell they want, I just don’t know.

  2. Not surprised. After half a century of burning jet fuel, riding in limos, having their music burn through millions of kilowatts on tours in people houses and radio stations as well as using millions of gallons of petroleum products for vinyl, cassette, cd and merchandise packaging that are currently clogging landfills throughout the world to stuff as much money in their pockets as they can those woke cry babies whimpered about Trump’s policies on climate change.

  3. Stones also caved to the Cancel Culture KKKops a few years back when they dropped the line about Mick not having enough jam for the black girls who like doin’ the nasty all night. Wha’evah.

    However, does open up a space in the setlist to dust off “Slave,” which has a better guitar solo and groove anyway. Also makes sense with the deluxe Tattoo You on the horizon, but what do I know?

  4. Disappointed, but not surprised. These guys whined about Trump using they`re music at his rallies last year. Now they`re bowing to the white guilt and some BLM bitches. Looks like they`re going woke on they`re way out. First Charlie Watts and now this. By the way, Led Zeppelin needs to be your #1 on the list.

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