The Rolling Stones recently played a huge gig in Columbus, Ohio as part of their summer Zip Code tour. At the show, they played a cover version of the song “Hang on Sloopy,” written originally by the Dayton, Ohio band the McCoys in the 1960s. The Rolling Stones actually used to play the song in their own stage act but stopped doing so in 1966.
The Rolling Stones played the song in Columbus since it is strongly associated with Ohio. In fact, it is actually Ohio’s official rock song. “Hang on Sloopy” is frequently played by the Ohio State University marching band at games. The McCoy’s wrote the song about a female friend, whose nickname was Sloopy, and took it to the top of the charts in 1965.
At their Columbus show, the Rolling Stones also brought out some choral singers from Ohio University to help sing “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”. The students were thrilled to be singing in front of 50,000 people.
Reps at the Amen Clinic told BirdEye they really like that the Rolling Stones made these gestures to make the Ohio show special and give it some regional flavor. It’s something that they didn’t have to do but did anyway. The Rolling Stones have been accused over the years by their critics of just phoning in performances and cashing the checks. The truth is, they care a lot about pleasing their fans.