This performance is on 11th December 1968 for the film special Rock and Roll Circus. The song was originally released on 6th December 1968 on the album Beggars Banquet. Apparently Mick Jagger was unhappy with the Rolling Stones performance on the night, but I think this version is awesome-Jagger is as animated as ever! This song also has Rocki Dzidzornu on congas and Nicky Hopkins on piano. This was the last performance of Brian Jones with the Rolling Stones, incidentally playing the maracas! Marianne Faithful told the Telegraph in 2011 that Mick Jagger wrote this song after reading a Russian novel about Satan that she gave him. The name of the novel: The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov. Watching on are some fellow performers from the evening including John Lennon, Pete Townsend and Eric Clapton; another great song from this concert was Lennon playing Yer Blues with Clapton on lead guitar. Some folks subsequently thought that the Stones were devil worshipers and the sort after releasing this, which only goes to show how sensitive and literal in their interpretation people could be back then. I suppose some people still are. Anyway, I couldnt see this version of Sympathy for the Devil on youtube and I think it deserves to be in the public domain as it could be argued that it is a piece of rock history! I would recommend the whole DVD as it has some great performances on it! Disclaimer: "Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976 <b>…<b>

24 thoughts on “Sympathy For The Devil, The Rolling Stones, Rock and Roll Circus, 1968

  1. i heard this before black ops. and still, black ops and mw3 are the worst cod games ever. cod4 and mw2 are the best as of now

  2. 8:33 1000{10faa3092bae83cdf963b1ab1025701434ba1e012413cb9c0c72be0a479389c3} Pete Townshend.. and it’s awesome!!

  3. Pause the video at 8:30…Kinda creepy. Bobby Beausoleil, Charles Manson and Linda Kasabian (hair up).

  4. Mick looks like Steven Tyler here…..except not as good

  5. This may be the most exciting performance of a song ive ever seen… maybe

  6. hi ive been writing songs for 5 mounths click my name to hear :>D

  7. I love how they all look a little pissed off. I think it’s because they just watched the Who perform, and knew there was no way in hell they could beat that performance. For those who don’t know what I’m talking about, look for "The Who, A Quick One While He’s Away (Rock and Roll Circus).

  8. With how much he’s moving, the poor cameraman must’ve been swearing the entire time.
    …but such is what rhythm does to us all…

  9. This song sure used to get us excited back in the late sixties and early seventies. In houston, in The Montrose Neighborhood it was always a battle for number 1 between this and Hey Jude.

  10. Mick doesn’t dance…he convulses as though he was in the throes of an epileptic spasm.

  11. I don’t think The Stones were bad in the Circus, they were just blown away by The Who

  12. yeah….look up The Who on rock n roll circus….they totally upstaged the Stones, so much that this didn’t get released for years and years

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