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Muddy Waters & The Rolling Stones Live

Mick Jagger, Muddy Waters, Junior Wells, Keith Richards and Ron Wood at Chicago's Checkerboard Lounge in 1981.
Courtesy of Michael Halsband/Landov
Mick Jagger, Muddy Waters, Junior Wells, Keith Richards and Ron Wood at Chicago's Checkerboard Lounge in 1981.

Airs Sunday, March 3, 2013 at 10:30 p.m. on KPBS TV

Mick Jagger and Muddy Waters perform together at Chicago's Checkerboard Lounge in 1981.
Courtesy of Michael Halsband/Landov
Mick Jagger and Muddy Waters perform together at Chicago's Checkerboard Lounge in 1981.
Muddy Waters, Junior Wells and Keith Richards onstage at Chicago's Checkerboard Lounge in 1981.
Courtesy of Michael Halsband/Landov
Muddy Waters, Junior Wells and Keith Richards onstage at Chicago's Checkerboard Lounge in 1981.
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On November 22, 1981, in the middle of their mammoth American tour, the Rolling Stones arrived in Chicago prior to playing three nights at the Rosemont Horizon (now Allstate Arena).

Long influenced by the Chicago blues, the band paid a visit to Buddy Guy’s club, the Checkerboard Lounge, to see Muddy Waters, the legendary bluesman, perform.

It didn’t take long before Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Ian Stewart were joining him on stage; later, Buddy Guy, Junior Wells and Lefty Dizz also played their part.

It was a unique occasion that was luckily captured on camera. Now, restored from the original footage with sound mixed and mastered by Bob Clearmountain, this amazing blues night is made available in an official release for the first time.

Songs include "You Don’t Have to Go," "Baby Please Don’t Go," "Hoochie Coochie Man," "Long Distance Call," "Mannish Boy," "Got My Mojo Workin'," "Clouds in My Heart" and "Champagne and Reefer."

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In November, 1981, the Rolling Stones - long influenced by the Chicago blues- paid a visit to see legendary bluesman Muddy Waters perform. It didn’t take long before Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Ian Stewart were joining him on stage. Later, Buddy Guy, Junior Wells and Lefty Dizz also played their part. Luckily, this amazing blues night was captured on film.

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