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River Plate Stadium
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Sunday March 29, 1998

Review by Bj�rnulf Vik

It was a warm day in Buenos Aires, even if it's past summertime and autumn is coming down here. The Stones had done some early rehearsals, as the gates would open early too. The Stones is all over the city, with posters, fans outside the Hyatt hotel, Stones on the radio, and fans wearing Stones T-shirts all over the streets.

Having seen the video from the Buenos Aires broadcast in 1995, I was amazed by the great excitement of the fans in Argentina. I wondered if they would still keep this excitement, now that the Stones wasn't like a first time ever happening.

The warm-up band could tell you the fans were as crazy as in 1995. I felt a bit sorry for Meredith Brooks, because she must really have felt the fans were eager to get the Stones on stage. They simply could not wait any longer...

The crowd was singing their famous "ole Ole ole" football songs, and the noise level was intense. Then the lighs went out by five past ten, and Kith was on, big explotion, Satisfaction. The crowd was at the boiling point. Already the security had a tough time picking up people from the crowd fainting, and they would continue hard all through the show.

I have never seen an entire crowd on the field (pitch) dance, jump and wave their T-shirts like the Argentina fans. It was simply amazing. At times the Stones had problems running through the songs in a regular way. They had long breaks in-between the songs, especially during the first part of the set.

Sister Morphine ended up in a huge sheering with Ole Ole Ole... Then they jumped into It's Only Rock'n Roll, being one of the highlights of the night. The crowd loved it, going extatic, and as it ended, it was more and more and more Ole... What a crowd!

Saint of Me, another very popular song, much singing along, just like in the United States. On the short break before the final roundup of the song, Mick did his usual break. Then the crowd took over, in what I would call a hugh jam singalong. It lasted for a while, and then Mick simply had to close down the song.

Out Of Control was performed with Mick wearing a yellow sweater, no silver jacket this time. It had a great momentum, and I must say this song is one of the best during the entire set, even if the Buenos Aires crowd seemed to be more into the older songs.

Miss You, and Mick finally found use of his silver jacket. Then Thief In The Night and Wanna Hold You. The bridge. Center stage arrival. 25,000 people in the crowd are flowting around from the front, as they flock around the center point of the field. Well, the field is packed already, this is more like packing a filled up crowd to the point where nobody can breathe anymore.

They do a standard set of Little Queenie, The Last Time and Like A Rolling Stone on the small stage. They all sound great, even if Like A Rolling Stone seems to be the most popular on the small stage, keeping people jumping up and down, dancing along and singing. Great fun.

Sympathy For The Devil and on. The sound is getting stronger. The beat is more steady. The crowd is getting even more amazing (yes, it's possible). Great piano intro. Then the last part of the set continues with even more popular songs in Tumbling Dice, Honky Tonk Women, Start Me Up and Jumping Jack Flash. As the crowd is pleased by the favorites, this is the ideal concert, as they dive into the oldies for the finish.

The encores. You Can't Always Get What You Want. So strong and so clear. Charlie is dominating the intro. Then Brown Sugar. Great as always. Confetti and fireworks. The crowd is amazingly wild still. Lots of young fans and lots of energy of course. I hardly saw anyone sitting down at all. Certainly not on the field, as it had no chairs at all, like in Europe. But even on the far up areas, people have been hanging in there, dancing, singing, swinging and waving their T-shirts, having aa great time.

The Stones have replaced their vans into two large coaches (buses) here in Argentina. I guess that's much more safe, as the fans are extatic. Horses and police escorte made their way back home to the hotel safely, while the crowd cheered for more. So it's all over... But for the loyal fan, there's more to come in Argentina.... Lots more...

More reviews, please! What was your favorite moment? What was the best song? Was it as great as in 1995? Please, Argentina fans, tell us by email what you think. I'll publish your thoughts here!

Start time: 10:05
End time  : 00:30
The set list:

  1. Satisfaction
  2. Let's Spend The Night Together
  3. Flip The Switch
  4. Gimme Shelter
  5. Sister Morphine
  6. It's Only Rock'n Roll
  7. Saint Of Me
  8. Out Of Control
  9. Under My Thumb (web choice)
  10. Miss You
    -- Introductions --
  11. Thief In The Night (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. You Can't Always Get What You Want (encore)
  22. Brown Sugar (encore)

Review by Rodrigo Royan, Buenos Aires

Yesterday March 29 my first concert of the Bridges to Babylon Tour and after a long wait to enter to the stadium in location (Flor), fans jumping even arriving at the stadium after Vijas Locas and Meridith Brook to whom the audience owes an excuse, the show of the Stones begins...

I had already forgotten the excitement of that moment as the lights go out and... the Stones already begins, great! For me the moment of even greater enjoyment was when the Stones played Sister Morphine, which I had already listened in bootlegs of the American tour 97, but being in the concert it's incredible how Ron, Keith and Mick take the song ahead with the guitars, and of course for my the best song in the show was OUT OF CONTROL, I love that song!

And memories of the Voodoo Lounge Tour continues thinking of the great surprise MEMORY MOTEL and the better song MIDNIGHT RAMBLER. And also the yesterday's show saw the much more relaxed and more amusing Stones that to the first show of February of 1995, 9 in which Mick and their guys were very nervous and tense, so they wait for me 4 more shows in Buenos Aires and I am for sure I will enjoy them as much as yesterday.

Review by Jefferson Castro, Brazil

After to leave of Brazil and to travel about 30 hours in the highway, I arrived at Buenos Aires to turn more a real dream: To attend for the third time a show of Stones. After a lot of expectation, finally the one of the first presentation arrived at South America in Saturday, March 29. I chose Buenos Aires to see them again because the show of February 12, 1995 was for ever recorded in my memory.

Again it overcame everything that imagined to be. The show was perfect. Stones let to roll the sound naturally as if they were in its own earth and they felt shaken with size sign of affection and the Argentinean public's admiration (and Brazilian, like me, of course). Keith didn't get to sing, so much they were the screams of its name. Simply touching.

The larger surprise for me was "sister Morphine" and "under my thumb", and to very crazy "out of control". After a show of the stones, the thought is where is the next..

Read all about the Bridges To Babylon tour in the It's Only Rock'n Roll magazine. Next issue IORR 32 out March 20, 1998.

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