Emory Concert Choir Joins Rolling Stones During Atlanta Show

The Emory University Concert Choir joins the Rolling Stones at Georgia Tech's Bobby Dodd Stadium on June 9, 2015. Photo by Danny Karnik / Georgia Tech Athletics

The Emory University Concert Choir joins the Rolling Stones at Georgia Tech’s Bobby Dodd Stadium on June 9, 2015. Photo by Danny Karnik / Georgia Tech Athletics

The Emory University Concert Choir had a once-in-a-lifetime experience on Tuesday, June 9th when they got to sing onstage with the Rolling Stones during the legendary rock group’s encore performance of “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” in Atlanta.

Twenty-four students were selected to take the stage with the Stones to sing the opening choir section as well as the climactic finale of the song, the first of two encore numbers the band performed to close their two-and-a-half-hour show at Georgia Tech’s Bobby Dodd Stadium. Emory Concert Choir Director Eric Nelson told the university’s website news.emory.edu that the confidential invitation to perform with the Rolling Stones came in March: “I received an email from the Stones’ management announcing that they were coming to Atlanta and would we be interested in providing a choir for their concert,” Nelson told the site. “My answer was ‘Absolutely.’”

The Rolling Stones have been using local choirs for the song at each stop on their current “Zip Code” US tour.

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