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It's Only Rock'n Roll

Foxboro Stadium, Boston
Monday, Oct. 20, 1997

Review by Merritt Grover

This show was my ninth since 81 and I thought I'd seen it all but it exceeded even my wildest imaginations , which are quite vivid. Twelve of us had 6th row tickets, off to the left, Woody's side.

The beginning is just mind-numbing as the comet and Keith take off for the start of Satisfaction. Unbelievable. Then,its into IORR,which I'd thought would be a throw away tune, but once again they blow you away. Next was Let's Spend The Night Together, not one of my favorites, but it is becoming obvious that they are sounding better than ever,and every song is a frigging classic.

We are so into the new stuff, and anyone going should play it repeatedly before the show. Next was FLIP THE SWITCH,and it rocked so hard,Mick is just so wild.Then they bust into GIMME SHELTER which just rips into your skull. Keith and Woody are weaving and weaving and it is an out of body experience. And if that didn't blow your mind, then they go into Sister Morphine. A little slow in the beginning, but I was so glad to get to see it. Next, anothernew one, ASMB, and this version was awesome. They really have it down now.

19th NERVOUS BREAKBOWN's famous tumbling bass line had us snapping. OUT OF CONTROL is so well done, they could do the whole album, and it would rule. THE new stuff was definitely a highlight. MISS YOU I dont normally care about, but Keith and Woody laying down and playing made it memorable. Introductions - we snapped for Bobby Keys, Woody, Keith, and Charlie the most. Keith's first tune, ALL ABOUT YOU IS SLOW, but he could play anything and it would be great. I WANNA HOLD YOU WAS POSSIBLY THE BEST SONG. I wished it would never end.

Then the bridge telescopes out, and they stroll out there, Mick in a corny bowlers hat. The next three tunes are so tight you want them to stay there even thogh our view is bad, we stand on our chairs and rock out to LITTLE QUEENIE, CRAZY MAMA, with your ball and chain, and the LAST TIME, were very well done. Mick starts up SYMPATHY, and I don't like it usually, but it showed that they are the greatest band ever. TUMBLING DICE was done to perfection,right into HONKY, Keith starting it one-handed. START ME UP was so energetic I jumped up and down feverishly the entire song.

JJF was super, but you know the end is near At some point cofetti, gold and silver comes from over my head and envelopes us. BROWN SUGAR was exceptional, both Mick and Keith took turns coming over to dance with us, we were obviously the most energetic people in the crowd, and they loved us,as did Woody. Fireworks come next as they quickest two hours and twenty minutes of your life are somehow over with. The STONES leave no doubt that they are the planets finest rok and roll band Thank you so much.

In my haste to get my review on line, I forgot to mention how awesome STARFUCKER was, and what really blew my mind was after that I was yelling WOODY is GOD and KEITH is GOD. Mick heard me and went to the mike and replied something to the effect of "Don't bestow nobility upon us,we couldn't live up to it.I couldn't beleive my ears.Mick responds to my leather-lunged screaming.A personal high.

The set list:

  1. Satisfaction
  2. It's Only Rock'n Roll
  3. Let's Spend The Night Together
  4. Flip The Switch
  5. Gimme Shelter
  6. Sister Morphine
  7. Anybody Seen My Baby
  8. 19th Nervous Breakdown
  9. Out Of Control
  10. Star Star (Starfucker)
  11. Miss You
    -- Introductions --
  12. All About You (Keith)
  13. I Wanna Hold You (Keith)
  14. Little Queenie (center stage)
  15. Crazy Mama (center stage)
  16. The Last Time (center stage)
  17. Sympathy For The Devil
  18. Tumbling Dice
  19. Honky Tonk Women
  20. Start Me Up
  21. Jumping Jack Flash
  22. Brown Sugar (encore)

Read all about the 1997 tour in the It's Only Rock'n Roll magazine issue IORR 30 out Oct. 15, 1997.

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