Suffice it to say, rock, blues and soul phenom Gary Clark Jr. has been setting the world on fire this year and he’ll cap off the whirlwind year by joining rock icons The Rolling Stones for the band’s first U.S. “50 and Counting” concert at The Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, on Saturday, December 8th. Both Mick Jagger and Keith Richards met and performed with Clark at various events this year and have become ardent fans, which led to their asking Clark to sit in with the Stones at some point during this show on Saturday night.
It will be interesting to see which tune Clark joins, looser tunes like “Stop Breaking Down” and “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking” or a blues stomper like “Claudine” would be my personal votes, giving Clark and Richards the opportunity to stretch it out. Whatever they choose, we’ll have the video for you when it goes live on the Tubes.
The honor of sharing the stage with the Stones comes on the heels of a string of high points in Clark’s year, including the No. 6 Billboard chart debut of his critically acclaimed album Blak And Blu and a heavy summer of touring that saw Clark play the White House (see below) making the rounds at nearly every major American music festival, including Bonnaroo, Coachella, Austin City Limits Festival, Sasquatch, NOLA Jazz & Heritage Festival, Jay-Z’s Made in America, Canada’s Osheaga festival, and most recently, as an invitee at the prestigious Bridge School Benefit Concerts.