The Rolling Stones threw a curve-ball to fans in Tokyo on Tuesday night playing the Goats Head Soap classic ‘Silver Train’ live for the first time in 40 years.

‘Silver Train’ is a rare live song. It was only ever played by The Rolling Stones for one week over four shows in September, 1973.

The album Goats Head Soap was released on August 31, 1973. The Stones only performed the song on September 1, 1973 in Austria, September 3 and 4, 1973 in Germany and in England on September 7, 1973.

Mick Taylor, who played guitar on the original version, joined the Stones for the song and stayed on for ‘Midnight Rambler’. Taylor came back on stage for ‘Satisfaction’ in the encore.

The Rolling Stones Tokyo setlist

Start Me Up (from Tattoo You, 1981)
You Got Me Rocking (from Voodoo Lounge, 1994)
It’s Only Rock N Roll (But I Like It) (from It’s Only Rock and Roll, 1974)
Tumbling Dice (from Exile On Main Street, 1972)
Angie (from Goats Head Soap, 1973)
Doom and Gloom (from GRRR, 2012)
Silver Train (from Goats Head Soap, 1973)
Honky Tonk Women (from Through The Past Darkly, 1969)
Slipping Away (from Steel Wheels, 1989)
Happy (from Exile On Main Street, 1972)
Midnight Rambler (from Let It Bleed, 1969)
Miss You (from Some Girls, 1978)
Paint It Black (from Aftermath, 1966)
Gimme Shelter (from Let It Bleed, 1969)
Jumpin’ Jack Flash (from Through The Past Darkly, 1969)
Sympathy For The Devil (from Beggars Banquet, 1968)
Brown Sugar (from Sticky Fingers, 1971)

You Can’t Always Get What You Want (from Let It Bleed, 1969)
(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction (from Out Of Our Heads, 1965)