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Slaski Stadium
Chorz�w, Poland
Friday August 14, 1998

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Review by Wojciech Socha, Poland

The concert was great of course. They started at 21.30 and ended 00.00. There was no web choice (they had some problems with connections). After one try they played Paint In Black. It was more than 50 000 people including the wife of our president. The crowd was great - 3 generations of people. They seemed to like very much all trucks from Bridges to Babylon (Flip the Switch, Anybody seen my Baby, Out of Control, Saint of Me). After Mick finished Saint of Me the crowd was still singing for a long time: "Oh yeah oh yeah you will never make a Saint of Me". That was great. Mick was saying a lot in Polish. He introduced the whole band in Polish! And his Polish was very good! He said about Keith: "Dziki i cyganski" what means: "Wild and gypsy". The sound was great. We had beautiful weather. That was the second Stones concert in Poland. First took place in 1967. I hope we would not have to wait for another for 31 years.

Start time: 21:30
End time  : 24:00

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. It's Only Rock'n Roll
  7. Saint Of Me
  8. Out Of Control
  9. Paint It Black
  10. Miss You
    -- Introductions --
  11. You Don't Have to Mean It (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. Brown Sugar (encore)

Review by Kim Halling Mortensen, Denmark

"It will be difficult for us to watch something greater". This is one the lines in the review of the Chorz�w-concert in today�s "Rzeczpospolita", probably Poland�s most serious newspaper. Arriving in Poland the day before the concert I felt that the show had already begun. Newspapers and all serious weeklies were full of stories about the Stones. Radio and TV as well. "Concert of the century" was a phrase heard many times.

Driving down from Warsaw to Chorz�w on the very day one simply felt being in a sea of Stones-fans. Local police in Katowice had asked people to put white papers behind the front-window so they could direct the hundreds of cars and busses to free parking lots. Radio Zet - one of the sponsors - dedicated the whole day to the Stones. Mick and Keith told us to "stay tune to Radio Zet". Ten minutes before the concert actually started all people seated started the "Mexican wave" and the thousands standing on the ground greeted in return. A big banner wrote: "Waiting on a friend 1967-1998". Yes, 31 long years of waiting was about to be over for Poland.

The guy next to me close to the stage said "I think I can see Keith". And yes, indeed: The greatest show on mother earth took off. Apparently for some with a few sound difficulties in the beginning, but for me with a greater sound than within the concrete walls of the Copenhagen-Parken, where I watched the Stones twice before in the 90�s. Mick greeted the fans in Polish, and indeed talked a lot of almost perfect Polish during the whole concert. I have never heard him saying so much in Danish or Swedish at the Scandinavian concerts I have been to during the last decades. And I have never witnessed a more happier Keith when he beat his fist to his heart and told us what a great audience we were and what a good day it was for him. I decline to pick out highlights, because the whole concert was brilliant.

Ronnie was fighting a flu, but I think he forgot about it quickly. Thousands of lights from the audience during several numbers, dancing and singing along. Three generations of Poles. Lots of cheering from the young generations for the five tracks from Bridges to Babylon ( for which the Stones were given a gold record before the show ). Lots of kisses from Mick and an extra bow from Mick and Charlie before the final curtain and the fireworks.

Driving back to Warsaw in the night Polish state radio program 3 was completely dedicated to Rolling Stones for seven hours. People who attented the concert and travelling home were asked to call on their mobiles to tell about the concert. All gas-stations and fast-food bars on the highway to Warsaw were filled with cars and buses carrying the tired but satisfied fans home. This was an event that started long before the concert and never really seemed to stop in the nice bright and cool Polish night. Being from Denmark I have to thank all Polish Stones-fans and my Polish family for making it possible for me to attend a Stones-concert second to none compared with the ones in Copenhagen. Yes, we were all Out of Control. We�re still singing along to Saint of Me and licking the toes and knees of our love ones like Mick did to Lisa.

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