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Rose Garden
Portland, OR
Saturday Jan. 31, 1998

Review by Ed Beaver

Portland, Oregon, what a nice place, Mick said. Today it was back to to business. It's hard to say if they were better, as both shows were really great. Mick added: "It's been a long time, but we're gonna make up for it"... Yes, they hadn't been to Portland since 1966. No wonder the Oregon fans hated to go to Seattle all these years!

Satisfaction had the same great punch opening as last night. On Gimme Shelter Lisa seemed to make up for last nights cold, as she started off with a tremendous voice. That's probably why she was all worn out by the peak, having to take a second breath to finish her highlight of the song.

After finishing Saint Of Me Mick went back to pick up his silver jacket, to do Out Of Control. Then he said: "I stole it from the Pop Mart tour"...

Out Of Control was simply perfect. Last night Mick was not really jumping around that much, but tonight he was Mr. Madman again, jumping around, singing great, and as he picked up his harmonica, the crowd roared. Keith picked up to do a great solo, and Mick did his walk all over the stage, and half way back. Perfect...

Love Is Strong would have been the web choice if they did it, as it was in a clear lead vs. Memory Motel. But they didn't plan to do it, and it wasn't even in the set list. By the way, last night they dropped Shine A Light because Mick was afraid he would break his voice. That song is dangerous to a dry voice, and the air in the arena was not on Mick's side, far too dry.

You Don't Have To Mean It got a really good reception in the crowd, and it was great to see that people didn't sit down during Keith's set. Ronnie did organ, and Blondie played guitar on You Don't Have to Mean It.

Shortly before Keith finished his set, the five rows in front of the center stage rushed up. In 10 seconds about 200 fans in those seats were on their feet and crammed up in front of the small center stage. The security could do nothing, except for preventing the next five rows to follow.

The center stage performance was hot. Lots and lots of underwear was thrown on stage, not only bra's, but all kinds of underwear. Ronnie enjoyed it, but both he and Mick gave up picking up all the stuff. Luckily they concentrated on the music, because both Little Queenie and The Last Time were excellent. As The Last Time finished, Ronnie took his time to sign a T-shirt, before they crashed into Like A Rolling Stone. What a tight and great set!

Back to the main stage they did strong and lound versions of the usual finishing set. Just one encore for tonight. Half way during Jumping Jack Flash Mick was lost in the heavy guitar riffs between Ronnie and Keith, and dropping out, then rushing to Chuck to find the key. Professional as Mick is he was back on track within seconds, and the show finished all to soon.

This show was just over two hours long, vs. the very long two hours fourty in St. Louis. Thank you for two great nights in Portland!

Start time : 21:00
End time   : 23:05

The set list:

  1. Satisfaction
  2. Let's Spend The Night Together
  3. Flip The Switch
  4. Gimme Shelter
  5. It's Only Rock'n Roll
  6. Sister Morphine
  7. Bitch
  8. Saint Of Me
  9. Out Of Control
  10. Miss You
    -- Introductions --
  11. You Don't Have To Mean It (Keith)
  12. Wanna Hold You (Keith)
  13. Little Queenie (center stage)
  14. The Last Time (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. Brown Sugar (encore)

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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