Two of the Rolling Stones' longtime sidemen have given a behind the scenes look to how the band constructs the show. Chuck Leavell, an Allman Brothers Band alumnus, joined the Stones for the 1982 European leg behind Tattoo You, and vocalist Bernard Fowler came into the band's orbit during sessions for Mick Jagger's 1985 solo debut, She's The Boss, before hitting the road for Jagger's one and only solo tour, a 19-date 1988 Australasian trek.
Chuck Leavell explained to Goldmine that as much as he and the band would love to go deep during the show's setlist — the majority of the crowd is eager to hear the hits: “That’s going to be a constant issue no matter what. You’re never going to please all the people all the time; it’s just not going to happen. So you have to kind of accept that and go for the best balance you can. Y'know, there are other issues, too. The length of the show; If we had an extra two, three, four, five songs, it would be a lot easier to please those hard-cores. But you know, I’m under what I’m told to do in terms of the length of the set.”
He went on to say, “I mean, those are iconic songs, not just from the Rolling Stones but also from rock n' roll history.