News Flash: Stones Jam At Small Toronto Club

The Rolling Stones began fulfilling their promise to play some small clubs as part of their upcoming North American tour Thursday night in Toronto, by stopping into that city's Horseshoe Tavern for a set. "They played 13 songs," said manager Nora Gibbs, including such classics as "Brown Sugar," "Jumping Jack Flash," "Miss You," "Honky Tonk Woman" and the seldom played "19th Nervous Breakdown." Gibbs said she found out the band would be stopping at her club about a week prior to the show. "It was packed," she said of the 350-capacity room. Earlier in the evening the legendary band appeared via satellite at the MTV Video Music Awards. Thursday's performance was not the first time the Stones have hit a Toronto bar while on tour, having also played intimate shows at other clubs in 1994 and 1977. According to the Toronto Star, singer Mick Jagger thanked the city for its hospitality, saying "We've been very well treated here in Toronto. Everyone's been really, really good to us." The venerable outfit kicks off its tour in support of its upcoming Bridges to Babylon album on Sept. 23 at Chicago's Soldiers Field. -- ATN staff report [Fri., Sept. 5, 1997, 1 p.m. PST]