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River Plate Stadium
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Thursday April 2, 1998

Review by Bjørnulf Vik

Meredith Brooks had left Buenos Aires after the 2nd show, so for today it was two local bands warming up. And they were quite good, both of them. The last one finished their set, and after that they asked for one minute of silence, in memory of the fallen heroes of the fight of the Malvinas (a.k.a. Falkland Islands), as that happened on April 2nd, 1982. Actually, Mick was asked about this on the press conference last week, if the Stones would play on the 2nd of April, being a special day for Argentina. Mick said: "It's a sad day for Argentina, and it's a sad day for Britain, but we will play. The show must go on.

So after the 2nd warmup, it was one more hour of waiting. The weather today was a bit more windy and a bit more chilly, still no problem at all. But may be some more people in the crowd kept their T-shirts on, rather than waving them, because of the slightly colder weather vs. the previous shows.

For tonight's show, the panning cameras mounted on large arms by each of the mixing towers had gone. This mean they had finished the shooting of crowd sceenes, which probably will be part of an official video on sale soon, most probably for the European tour start. So it will be based on the first two shows.

The show started a couple of minutes past ten, like the previous show. The crowd seemed great and wild, but unlike most Stones concerts, I must say that for Argentina, the 1st show was absolutely the most exciting. Not that the next two were bad, but it's just that for a stranger, not having been to the 1995 shows, the 1st show stood out as absolutely fantastic when it comes to crowd response, singing, jumping, dancing etc. But as I said, even tonight's show was absolutely at a great standard.

Ruby Tuesday was a great choice, and the crowd loved every bit of it, singing along. Keith had a stool brough up for him, but he did not use it, as he was standing to the left of Charlie, as seen from us, on the other side of Darryl. Keith was playing acoustic guitar. He also did backup vocals, and I must say, I loved it.

Also, All Down The Line got a great following. Ronnie's slide playing was the best, as he stood up on the front of the stage with Mick, while Keith stayed behind with Charlie. For the close-up of the song, Keith stepped forward to finish it off with the crowd.

The web choice should have been Under My Thumb, as it had a clear lead before I left at around 5pm. But rather than doing the Internet web choice, the Stones did their own Intranet, i.e. their own choice for tonight, at least so it seemed. When scrolling down on the web browser, we could see She's a Rainbow being the 2nd choice, no Under My Thumb there, but the winner came up in clear spelling saying "Starfucker". As you may know, the web choice, as well as all public naming of that song is Star Star, but Mick loves to be nasty guy at times, and had it changed to the real name for the monitor... Anyway, the song was great.

The rest of the set was very good. On the small stage it's getting routine with Little Queenie first, and Like A Rolling Stone last. In the middle we got You Got Me Rocking, which I think is a perfect fast choice on the small stage, fast with a strong beat, and it worked much better that previous show's I Just Wanna Make Love To You.

So the stronger part of the show included You Can't Always Get What You Want, before they blew us off with Brown Sugar. I just can't get enough of these great shows! And thanks to the great Buenos Aires fans, who seem to have such a great passion for the Rolling Stones!

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! PS. Also, if you can't do it in English, then please do a review in Spanish!

Start time: 10:00
End time  : 00:25
The set list:

  1. Satisfaction
  2. Let's Spend The Night Together
  3. Flip The Switch
  4. Gimme Shelter
  5. Ruby Tuesday
  6. All Down The Line
  7. Saint Of Me
  8. Out Of Control
  9. Star Star (web choice)
  10. Miss You
    -- Introductions --
  11. Thief In The Night (Keith)
  12. Wanna Hold You (Keith)
  13. Little Queenie (center stage)
  14. You Got Me Rocking (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)


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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