The Rolling Stones retired one of their best hit songs ever over, as is often the case today, a controversy with the lyrics of ‘Brown Sugar.’
The 1971 classic, “Brown Sugar,’ by the Rolling Stones, is one of the most live-played songs to this date, and despite having paved “the way” for many rock musicians around the world as such, goes into oblivion - forever.
Now, 50 years later it is removed from the bands’ setlist because of the criticism caused by the lyrics!
Rock-senators are afraid of cancel culture? Not really.
It’s said that the lyrics are exploring the terrors of slavery and sexual assault.
Los Angeles Times asked the band why they haven’t performed their song on the No Filter Tour, and this is what the guitarist Keith Richards had to say, “You caught up on that, huh?”
After that, he continued with, “I don’t really know. I tried to figure out where was the beef with the sisters. Didn’t they realize this was a song concerning the terrors of slavery? But they’re attempting to bury it. Right now I don’t want to get in fights with all of this crap.”
Although Richards is remaining hopeful about this whole situation, it is uncertain if the fans of Rolling Stones will ever hear the song on stage or not.
Richards then said that “he was hoping to get the song resurrected somewhere along the way”, however, the lead vocalist Mick Jagger didn’t know whether the song will be on their setlist again or not.
He then said, “We’ve performed ‘Brown Sugar’ every night since 1970, and sometimes you say, ‘We’ll take this one out momentarily, and see how it works. We might even put it back in,” continuing that “In a stadium show the setlist is kind of a hard one.”
According to the New York Post, all critics previously have said that the song has the most “stunningly rude and offensive lyrics” that have been written, and also that is “sexist, gross, and shockingly offensive to black women.”
The lead singer said that he would “never ever write “Brown Sugar” now when asked about the song in the Rolling Stone magazine in 1995.
He then stated that he’d probably censor himself and that he couldn’t just write lyrics raw like that again.