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Oakland Coliseum
Oakland, CA
Friday, Nov. 14, 1997

Review by Bjørnulf Vik

It was a cold Oakland evening. The full moon was hanging nicely over the stage, and the sold out show was the first in a series of four in Oakland, across the San Francisco bay.

Pearl Jam did a very good job warming up the crowd, and was probably helping in selling out four shows in a row, as many people thought they got two great concerts for the price of one.

Often the opening shows are a bit nervous to the Stones, but this one was a winner from the very start. The crowd was warm, dancing and singing along to the Stones songs all along.

Anybody Seen My Baby had a new rap line including Bay Area places like Sausalito, Timoron, Sacramento, San Francisco, etc.

When The Whip Comes Down had got an upgrade from being a web choice in Los Angeles into being a center stage song, and it was a perfect match with Little Queenie and You Got Me Rocking. Someone donated a bra to Ronnie during Whip, so the cold night must have been very, very hot to someone!

We got an amazing version of Jumping Jack Flash. I was then ready for Brown Sugar, but for the first time since Edmonton October 2, we got two encores, i.e. You Can't Always Get What You Want, in addition to Brown Sugar. Perfect!

Show start time:  9:15 pm
Show end time  : 11:35 pm

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. Anybody Seen My Baby
  7. Saint Of Me
  8. 19th Nervous Breakdown
  9. Out Of Control
  10. Dead Flowers (web choice)
  11. Miss You
    -- Introductions --
  12. All About You (Keith)
  13. I Wanna Hold You (Keith)
  14. Little Queenie (center stage)
  15. When The Whip Comes Down (center stage)
  16. You Got Me Rocking (center stage)
  17. Sympathy For The Devil
  18. Tumbling Dice
  19. Honky Tonk Women
  20. Start Me Up
  21. Jumping Jack Flash
  22. You Can't Always Get What You Want (encore)
  23. Brown Sugar (encore)


Review by Alexis Maxime Chainard

No tickets,I am at home, watching the time, 5h...6h...7h00...7h30....8h30....8h45....fast decision to make, then I take the car, direction to the bart, go out the bart, run the bridge, buy the ticket at the scalper for $40, and its 9h something, I got my seat and they start! I can't beleive it!

I am stuck, they are Rock'n Roll! Takes me 5 songs! The songs are going on and I enjoy the time! I take the plaisure! They all good! They play the real Rock.

The encore, a funny intro for Brown Sugar, a sono bugs, and that is the end! They all laughing! They all friends! I run, the bart, the car, and I am home! I still wonder if I saw them? But beleive me in 3 years they will start all over again! I will go to one of the other show in Oackland! They are an example to follow, they have ENERGY! And I love it!


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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