WATCH: Lainey Wilson Joins The Rolling Stones To Perform ‘Dead Flowers’ In Chicago

“I got to hang out with rockstars of all rockstars last night,” Wilson excitedly shared.


Madeleine O’Connell

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July 1, 2024


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Lainey Wilson with The Rolling Stones; Photo via Instagram

On Sunday, June 30, Lainey Wilson took a break from her headlining Country’s Cool Again tour to join the Rolling Stones for their second of two nights in Chicago, IL as part of their current Hackney Diamonds stadium tour. During the show, the band welcomed the songstress to the stage as a special guest to help perform their country-inspired tune, “Dead Flowers” off their 1971 album, Sticky Fingers.

Country Meets Rock And Roll

Donning a stylish Letterman’s jacket with Rolling Stones patches and gold, bedazzled chaps, Wilson owned the stage at Soldier’s Field and fit right in with the rock and roll icons. She stood beside Mick Jagger who fully embraced the country nature of the tune by putting on a cowboy hat of his own and was handed an acoustic guitar to strum out the western-inspired melody.

Jaggar launched into the opening verse, causing Wilson to dance along before she joined him in telling the story that was written by Jagger with Keith Richards and inspired by the time Jagger allegedly received dead flowers from a fan. Even with her thick Louisiana accent, Wilson’s vocals seamlessly harmonized with Jaggar and took the concert-goers on an emotional rollercoaster caused by heartache.  

The character within the narrator finds himself unable to cope with the fact that he is now alone, while his former love appears to be living her life to the fullest. Despite the tormented storyline, the song does also offer a bit of wit amid its upbeat, folky nature, which the pair of artists made their own in the epic delivery.

“Take me down little Susie, take me down/ I know you think you’re the Queen of the Underground/ And you can send me dead flowers every morning/ Send me dead flowers by the mail/ Send me dead flowers to my wedding/ And I won’t forget to put roses on your grave,” they sing on the chorus. 

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The “Hang Tight Honey” singer appeared on stage earlier in the night to perform an opening set in front of a packed out crowd at the home of the Chicago Bears. Following the evening’s show, she took to social media to celebrate her time on stage, which allowed her to step outside of her normal fanbase and embrace her inner rockstar. This milestone performance comes just ahead of her fifth studio album, Whirlwind, dropping August 23.

She said, “I got to hang out with rockstars of all rockstars last night. @mickjagger@officialkeef@ronniewood@therollingstones – you are legendary to say the least. What a treat, what an honor, what a night!! Wow. 🤯🤘🌸”

The Rolling Stones also publicly thanked Wilson for bringing a bit of country flair to their show for the evening. 

 “Another incredible night in Chicago, thank you! And special thanks to @laineywilson for joining on Dead Flowers,” the band wrote on social media.

Catch Wilson And The Rolling Stones On Their Respective Tours

This marked only the second time the Rolling Stones have featured “Dead Flowers” on their setlist for this current run of shows. The first came in Early June when Tyler Childers took the stage alongside the band in Orlando.

The Rolling Stones Hackney Diamonds stadium tour has a total of three more stops before coming to an end. The band is set to appear in Vancouver, BC on July 5, Los Angeles, CA on July 10 and finally, Santa Clara, CA on July 17.  

Meanwhile, Lainey Wilson is in the midst of her own headlining trek which picks back up again on August 8 in Huntsville, AL. 

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.