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Keith Richards Performs ‘Gimme Shelter’ In Tribute To Merry Clayton — Watch

Sat, October 24, 2015 4:19pm EDT by 2 Comments

So sweet! Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards paid tribute to his friend Merry Clayton during a benefit concert for the singer by performing their hit, ‘Gimme Shelter.’ Click here for the epic video!

What a fitting tribute. Legendary rock star Keith Richards, 71, honored Merry Clayton, 66, with a stunning performance of “Gimme Shelter,” the Rolling Stones hit she famously provided backing vocals on, at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York, on Oct. 23

Keith, who has been promoting his latest record, Crosseyed Heart, which was subject of a Netflix documentary, managed to find time in his busy schedule to salute Merry with a special performance. The video starts with Keith walking out following rapturous applause for Merry, who recently had to undergo a double amputation after a serious 2014 car accident.

“Now you know how many friends you got, honey,” Richards told the audience, admitting he wanted to “kick it off with the one we worked together on,” before launching into the rock song.

Merry’s epic backing vocals were well documented on the Oscar-winning documentary, Twenty Feet From Stardom. The story goes, she was woken up in the middle of the night by the band to come into the studio because they couldn’t get it right. However, as soon as Merry showed up, the jigsaw was complete, and she became a key component in the song, which remains the pinnacle of her career.

Sadly, Merry wasn’t there to see Keith’s tribute. However, we’re sure she’ll see the recording and marvel at this wonderful rendition.

Meanwhile, fans of Pirates of the Caribbean will be delighted to know Keith will reprise his role as Captain Teague in the upcoming 5th installment of the Disney movie.

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The role in which Keith plays dad to Johnny Depp’s Captain Jack Sparrow has given the ageless rocker a whole host of new fans, and incidentally, was who Johnny based the role of the swashbuckling hero on in the first place! However, we’ve got a while before we get to see that new movie, because it’s not expected to be released until July 7, 2017!

HollywoodLifers what do you think of Keith’s tribute to Merry? Is it fitting? Let us know in the comments below!

— Jon Boon