Taking cues from Paul McCartney and Katy Perry, the Rolling Stones are jumping into the social media streaming business Thursday. The iconic rockers have debuted a new app that streams six Stones concert films and documentaries via the band’s 19.5 million Likes-strong Facebook page.
For $5.50, one can rent 48-hour access to this media and access it on-demand through Facebook video-on-demand platform Screenburn. Expect the usual nudges to publish the activity to your Facebook feed from the app. But also expect a hefty bundle of Stones performances packaged around last summer’s Sweet Summer Sun: Hyde Park Live—a 50th anniversary DVD filmed during two London performances from summer 2013’s 50 and Counting tour.
There are a few holes, unfortunately: The app doesn’t budget in Martin Scorsese’s Shine a Light, or 1970’s paragon of rock ethics and virtues concert film, Gimme Shelter.
But the other Stones titles that are available here include: 2012’s Brett Morgen-helmed early days doc, Crossfire Hurricane; a remastered version of 1974’s Ladies and Gentlemen: The Rolling Stones (filmed in Texas on the band’s circa-’72 Exile on Main St. tour); a concert from 1978’s Some Girls tour (also filmed in Texas at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth); 1971’s Stones in Exile, a doc outlining the making of Exile on Main St. in France; and 1981’s Live at the Checkerboard, a Stones pilgrimage to Muddy Waters’ Checkerboard club in Chicago that saw the Stones sit in with Waters, Buddy Guy, and Lefty Dizz.
Find the whole set on the Rolling Stones' Facebook page.
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