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Oakland Coliseum
Oakland, CA
Wednesday, Nov. 19, 1997

Review by Cindy Johnson

Saw the Stones in Oakland on both Fri the 14th and Wed. 19th. They were excellent! On Wed. Pearl Jam played a few riffs of Beast of Burden and Eddie said "We're going to be in troble for that!" But Eddie came out later and joined Mick in "Waiting for a Friend", (which was the cyber pick for that night) it was great! During Honky Tonk Women Keith banged on Chucks keyboard and then put his foot up there and played a few notes, too cool! Once again the Stones have out done themselves, this show is spectacular and as you can see by the audiences they truly have bridged a generation. IORR and they are the Kings!!!

Review by Alexis Maxime Chainard

The last night has been a good one. Keith sang 'You don't Have to mean it' and it went very well and warm up us again. This is also the kind of song that are very well pleased to hear after 'All about you'.

They played 'Waiting on a friend'. And they did 'You can't always get what you whant' and Brown Sugar for the encore. The public was very good.

That is a total of 4 shows. I had a fantastic time. They are really good players. Well the thing is that they are able to do new songs and surprised every night. They also changed some way of playing some songs, which is very great!

What I can say for those shows is that Keith is in great shape, and he rocks hard so well. The guitars improved. Charlie is in shape too and Daryl & Charlie are a great rythm section. Ronnie is perfect and showed us he was enjoying the show! Mick sings so well. He runs fast. Lisa is the best chorist they ever had. Bernard is having a good time.

Anyway, now it is finish and I go back to my business. Thank you for coming 4 nights in Oackland. I had a good time, and some fun. That is great to relax and sing a little bit.

The set list:

  1. Satisfaction
  2. Let's Spend The Night Together
  3. Flip The Switch
  4. Gimme Shelter
  5. Anybody Seen My Baby
  6. Saint Of Me
  7. Rock And A Hard Place
  8. Out Of Control
  9. Waiting On A Friend (web choice)
  10. Miss You
    -- Introductions --
  11. All About You (Keith)
  12. You Don't Have To Mean It (Keith)
  13. Little Queenie (center stage)
  14. Crazy Mama (center stage)
  15. You Got Me Rocking (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)

Comments by J.C. Juanis
Relix Magazine/ Bay Area Bits

A couple of things to add on this show. Since it was the last evening of the historic 4 night run, openers Pearl Jam broke out "Beast of Burden" during their set. Pearl Jam front man Eddie Vedder joined Mick and the Stones during the surprise Web choise, "Waiting On A Friend." After the song, Vedder kissed each of the Rolling Stones on the cheek. "Between an Rock and A Hard Place" also came as a surprise. Keith told the crowd that he had a great time in San Francisco and even laughed that he did his own laundry! He said afterwards that "You Don't Have To Mean It," was the first time that he played this reggae flavored tune live. In what sounded a bit cliched, Mick kept thanking "San Francisco" all week, when the group was actually playing in "Oakland." For the record, The Rolling Stones haven't performed in San Francisco since the "Tattoo You" tour.

Also...During the Sunday day off...The band threw a birthday party for Woody's long time roadie who just turned 50. The party was held at the legendary Fillmore Auditorium for 200 or so invited guests. There were at least that many fans out side the hall that day awaiting what they thought would be a small secret club show. They were to be denied. Inside the Fillmore, the entire band came on stage to sing Happy Birthday and to present a cake. A jam followed performed by a band consisting of Rolling Stones crew members. They were joined by Ronnie Wood and Keith Richards for "Little Red Rooster," and "Goin' Down."

General comments

Just in case those in attendance missed it, Dennis Rodman of the Chicago Bulls basketball team, chartered a jet to fly himself and a few of the Bulls' staff members from Phoenix to Oakland to take in the show on Nov 19. As many of you know, Dennis and Billy Corgan of Pearl Jam are good buddies. Said Rodman the next day..."The Stones are the Stones...they don't get any better and they don't get any worse."

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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