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The Summit a.k.a. The Compaq Center
Houston, TX
Thursday Feb. 12, 1998

Review by Rich and Karen Kaczmarek

The opener, Jonny Lang, put on a passionate show. The crowd was attentive and and seemed to enjoy his music. His talent is sure to please audiences for many years.

There was about a 45-minute break between Jonny Lang and the Stones, who came out strong with Satisfaction. Both Keith and Mick seemed to be into Flip the Switch. Gimme Shelter is powerful both in sound and vision. Mick and Lisa move around the stage with the music and put on quite a show. I've noticed at several shows, the mike stand falls down when Lisa is up front. Ron just stares at the mike stand like it will stand up on it's own. He must be afraid someone will trip on it, and he finally picks it up. This has happened at a number of shows, and it's funny to watch Ron and the fallen mike stand.

It was great to hear You Got Me Rocking in the set again. The Stones seem to really enjoy playing this song. Saint of Me and Out of Control work well next to each other in the set list. The crowd knows the songs.

The web choice of Street Fighting Man was great. It was the first time the Stones played this song on this tour. Although it is an incredible live song, it lacked the length and power delivered during the '94 tour. There was plenty of audience participation during Miss You.

Keith asked if Houston was behaving since he's been away. Then he said: On with the show. He played Thief in the Night. People seemed very happy with that selection. There was another female singer with Lisa on stage. Someone told us that it was Ron's daughter, but we don't know this as true. I Wanna Hold You is always great to hear.

The center stage is so close in these small arenas that it multiplies the club feeling. It's really awesome. Once again, people sang along with Like a Rolling Stone, and the lights come on, and the boys look at the filled house, and they look like they're having a great time.

The end of the show set remains the same. The crowd is dancing and singing and clapping and having a great time. During Honky Tonk Woman and Start Me Up, there were several bare-chested women shown on the screens.

The Stones seemed very relaxed tonight. The delivery of the songs held a comfortable tempo without feeling rushed or anxious. There was plenty of interaction among everyone on stage, and we can't wait for tonight's show.

Start time :  9:05
End time   : 11:15

The set list:

  1. Satisfaction
  2. Let's Spend The Night Together
  3. Flip The Switch
  4. Gimme Shelter
  5. Sister Morphine
  6. You Got Me Rocking
  7. Saint Of Me
  8. Out Of Control
  9. Street Fighting Man (web choice)
  10. Miss You
    -- Introductions --
  11. Thief In The Night (Keith)
  12. Wanna Hold You (Keith)
  13. Little Queenie (center stage)
  14. I Just Wanna Make Love To You (center stage)
  15. Like a Rolling Stone (center stage)
  16. Sympathy For The Devil
  17. Tumbling Dice
  18. Honky Tonk Women
  19. Start Me Up
  20. Jumping Jack Flash
  21. You Can't Always Get What You Want (encore)
  22. Brown Sugar (encore)

Review by Eli Cipriano

Great show for the first night in Houston. The band is much tighter than they were for Fort Worth back in early November. Also, it was good to get Sister Morphine which was omitted in November and of course Saint of Me and Keith's new stuff weren't in the set yet back then. Street Fighting Man, played for the first time on tour (I think) was in top form. The sound at the Compaq Center was impressive although Mick's vocals could have been up some and Keith's guitar was a bit loud at times. Overall, a first rate performance. On to #2!!!

Review by Robert Gibbons

The set list is to the best of recollection. Houiston is where I've seen the Stones the most, at Hofeinz Pavilion, filmed in Ladies & Gentelmen, the Sam Houston Coliseum, where the Beatles played, and of course a few in the Astrodome. Finally the Summit.

The arena audience in Las Vegas was more rocking. No big screeen in the middle placement. 2 screens alongside is not as dramatic. Ron really on tonight, played great lead in Miss You, great weaves and epiphonous moments out of guitars. Keith's songs great. More dramatic lead in Satisfaction, like the Voodoo tour when it had the dramatic, set the early mood place now occupied by Gimme Shelter. Highlight was "Street Fightin Man. Out of Contol is really the most dramatic, summing up song of the tour and of its farewell nature. With Saint of Me right there also. Have no Vegas ticket, so these shows in hou are last for me in North America. Thanks from '72 on, I had a grreat time on this soil. My favorite moment still is when the 4 get together at the end. We had a great laugh!

Read all about the Bridges To Babylon tour in the It's Only Rock'n Roll magazine issue IORR 31 out Jan, 1998.

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