May 3, 2024 - Music

Rolling Stones finally make their Jazz Fest debut: See photos, video, setlist

A close-up photo of Mick Jagger singing.

Mick Jagger performs at the 2024 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans. Photo: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

The Rolling Stones finally made their Jazz Fest debut in New Orleans.

Why it matters: We couldn't all be at the sold-out show, so we're jealous of your $10 koozies and living vicariously through photos and videos.

The big picture: The Rolling Stones are at the start of their 16-city North American tour to celebrate the release of "Hackney Diamonds," the band's first new album in nearly two decades.

  • New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival producer Quint Davis tried to get the band to the Fair Grounds twice before, but Mick Jagger's health troubles got in the way the first time and COVID-19 wrecked the second attempt.
  • But nothing stopped Thursday's remarkable performance.
Mick Jagger performs on a Jazz Fest stage as a crowd looks on. The Stones' logo is on the stage backdrop  behind him.
The Rolling Stones perform at Jazz Fest 2024 in New Orleans. Photo: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

Zoom in: In a Jazz Fest first, the festival ticketed the day separately and shut down all other stages so the crowd would converge on the Stones.

  • The Festival Stage, the Fair Grounds' biggest, has an expanded standing-room-only space this year, and the stage itself sported new banners and was extended for the Thursday night.
  • But some fans still watched the Stones from elsewhere on the grounds, thanks to a live-stream that played to the screens on other stages.

New Orleans stars were part of the performance, too, with appearances by soul queen Irma Thomas and Dwayne Dopsie, the king of accordion.

The intrigue: Thomas joined the Stones on stage for "Time Is On My Side," which she recorded in 1964. The Stones later did their own versions.

  • Thomas told NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune's Keith Spera earlier this year that she stopped performing the track for years because fans thought she was the one doing a cover, and she found that frustrating.

Later that night, Thomas performed with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and the Stones' Ronnie Wood joined her band.

Friction point: While onstage, Jagger took aim at Gov. Jeff Landry, saying Louisiana's new governor is "trying to take us back to the Stone Age," WDSU reported.

  • Landry replied in stride, tweeting, "You can't always get what you want. The only person who might remember the Stone Age is @MickJagger."
Mick Jagger and Irma Thomas sing onstage while looking at each other.
Mick Jagger, Steve Jordan and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones perform with Irma Thomas at the 2024 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Photo: Erika Goldring/Getty Images
Mick Jagger sings into a microphone while holding an acoustic guitar. Dwayne Dopsie plays the accordion behind him with the rest of the Rolling Stones.
Dwayne Dopsie, right, performs with Keith Richards, Steve Jordan and Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones at the 2024 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Photo: Erika Goldring/Getty Images
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