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It's Only Rock'n Roll

Stade de France
Paris, France
Saturday July 25, 1998

Review by David Tillier, France

It was a great show. May be equal to the Dusseldorf one. Mick said that he was proud to sing in the "world champion stadium". Before singing, Keith touched every part of his body to show that he is OK. As far as I'm concerned, to move as he move (not only in Paris), to give such a good show tonight, he had never been damaged, and the "accident" had been invented to justify all the cancellations.

For the first time may be, Anybody Seen My Baby was very good, Mick didn't sung falsy. Paint It Black as a Webchoice was great, Keith used an electric guitar. There wasn't You Can't Always Get What You Want tonight as encore, even if it was written on the set list near Charlie.

Start time: 21:20
End time  : 23:45

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 (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. Brown Sugar (encore)

Review by Marko Boon, Holland

Yesterday I went to Paris to see the Stones for the second time this tour. They started very strong, as usual, with Satisfaction and Let's spend the night together. After this last song, the crowd started singing "happy birthday" to Mick, but Charlie interrupted this by starting the heavy drums of Flip the switch. They made a few mistakes on Gimme shelter, I think, but the song is so good that nobody cares.

Anybody seen my baby was a little disappointment, because I hoped for Ruby Tuesday or Sister Morphine. I was very glad to hear It's only rock 'n roll this tour. I don't need to say anything about Saint of me and Out of control. They're highlights every time. Much to my surprise Paint it black won the internet vote after it looked beaten by Waiting on a friend the day before. I read in previous reviews that the crowd goes wild during Paint it black, but I couldn't imagine it could get this wild as in Paris. The crowd was really loose now, and this resulted in an incredible version of Miss you.

Keith sang quite well on Thief in the night and Wanna hold you. The sound was very good during the whole concert by the way. To my surprise the crowd who had been so wild for a couple of songs, was very quiet during Little queenie and The last time, allthough these are really nice sing-along-songs. Perhaps they were warming up for Like a rolling stone, which again was very appreciated by the crowd. So were the final songs: Sympathy for the devil, Tumbling dice, Honky tonk women and Start me up. Ronnie didn't do a guitar solo on this one, to our and the other band members' surprise. He said something to Keith and Charlie, who started to laugh, perhaps a broken guitar string?

Keith was awesome on Jumpin' Jack Flash. It was a real disappointment for me that they didn't play You can't always get what you want, because during the concert you could see very clearly on the side-pane of Charlie's drums that it was on the original set list. But Keith put all of his saved energy into Brown sugar, which was a great final song of a great concert. Now I have to wait for another month before I see them again, but the memories of this concert make waiting easier.

Review by Olivier Verite, France

Great organization, great weather, great crowd & great opening act (french singer Jean-Louis AUBERT in front of HIS audience at home, 40 minutes of strong french rock ; his former band, TELEPHONE, was the opening act for the Stones parisian show at Auteuil in 1982!!!) : so, all was beginning well ; we arrived, me, my father, my 6 years old son, Julien (the 3 generations!!) & my wife, Lydie at 6:30 pm at the Stade de France, made some "Stones shopping", eat hot dogs & took our seats overlooking the crowd on the field and the great stage on our right surrounded by the "glimmering" sun.

21:15 pm : here he is, Mr Riff, "SATISFACTION" for everyone, the great musical orgasm can begin!! Great sound, the band is good (but is Ronnie there, poor guy??!) & they seem happy to be here. Mick loves to speak french and, with his so smart accent, says that he's "proud to play in the World Champions Stadium" and then the crowd gets mad!!!! This could be a cool bootleg title! IT'S ONLY ROCK & ROLL : my son is getting mad too 'cos this is his favourite one. He's singing and shouting : it's his first concert ever!

We got ANYBODY SEEN MY BABY? which I find too slow tonight. The web choice, PAINT IT BLACK, creates another hysteric wave through the crowd! Mick's playing as always "sexy games" with the hot lisa during MISS YOU : tonight, he's licking her feet and sucking her toes!!! I'm lucky 'cos tonight keith's singing THIEF IN THE NIGHT, a real great number from BTB.

LITTLE QUEENIE is a great surprise on the small stage. The final is classic but so great : the sound is "terrifying" on JUMPING JACK FLASH & BROWN SUGAR and Keith is giving a rock lesson to all the new generation!!!! I'm very disappointed that we didn't hear YOU CAN'T ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU WANT during the encore as they did it in Barcelona, although it was quoted on Charlie's board.

This was really a great show and what a shame that the sunday show has been cancelled!! We went out the stadium, it's midnight and Chris Jagger, Mick's brother is giving a country gig in a small club, a few streets far from here! By the way, HAPPY BIRTHDAY MICK!!!

Review by Atsuko Furukawa, Tokyo, Japan

It was one of my dream to celebrate MICK's birthday with many other fans at a stadium. So the dream had completely come true last night at Paris with so fantastic crowds!! I made a message board of "HAPPY BIRTHDAY!" which colour was red and blue and white(the colours of France,freedom,equality,love).I made the letter "A" to eiffel tower! At the beginning of the show,we 80,000 fans sang "Happy birthday to you!" for MICK!! It was,it was, it was soooooooooo good time. I forgot the tiring because of the sunny hot day and no space to sit down.

   MICK was wearing bright yellow shirts and cut his hear a little bit.
   It was OF COURSE great as useal!!
2.Let's Spend The Night Together
3.Flip The Switch
4.Gimme Shelter
   LISA!! was amazing!!
5.Anybody Seen My Baby
   I love this song!!
6.It's Only Rock'n Roll
   But I'm addicted to it!!
7.Saint Of Me
   Angel crying---
8.Out Of Control
   You are still charming,MICK!!
9.Paint It Black (web choice)
   This song is really fitting to the atmosphere in Europe!!How nice
this '98 version!!
   The acoustic intro of Keith is like the new "START ME UP".
   It stops once,we cannot wait, it begins THAT tune!!!The drumming of CHARLIE!!
   And the words!! This is STONES!! Soooooooo nice!! I love it!!
   I want to listen to it again and again and again!!
  10.Miss You
     -- Introductions --MICK spoke French really fluently!!
     So I couldn't understand almost all...I have to study French more!!
  11.Thief In The Night (Keith)
       This song is for the night in Paris!! So sweet...The lady Leah was so cute.
  12.Wanna Hold You (Keith)
  13.Little Queenie (center stage)
  14.The Last Time (center stage)
       This could NEVER be the last time!!
  15.Like A Rolling Stone (center stage)
       Great song this is!!
  16.Sympathy For The Devil
  17.Tumbling Dice
  18.Honky Tonk Women
  19.Start Me Up
  20.Jumping Jack Flash
       Hmmmmmmmmmm.............MICK! wearing sunglasses is soooooo coooool!!
  21.Brown Sugar (encore)
       Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm............Please set me free, 
       Stones!! I cannot do anything!!

Review by Andrew Knight, Surrey, UK

I couldn't wait until next June to see the Stones, so I got the EuroStar to Paris from London on Saturday morning. It's now 2pm on Sunday (Mick is 55 today) and I have just got back home, albeit very tired !!

The weather in Paris was perfect - sunny and about 25 degrees Celcius. This is only my second Stones gig, and my first Babylon concert, so I was going nuts waiting The support were on at 7:55, and played till 8:35, then at 9:15pm the Stones were on stage!! Keith had a huge grin on his face as he strolled out onto the stage a few seconds early - he had to stand there for a couple of seconds before the explosion went off - perhaps he couldn't wait ?

The show was great, with a few suprises - I wasn't expecting ASM Baby, and it was great to hear Paint it black, Thief in the night and Wanna hold you. The centre stage bit was great with Little Queenie ( I had never even heard the song before then), the Last Time and Like a Rolling Stone.

I was suprised when, at the end of Out of Control, (which was, by the way, amazing) Mick said "F***in' hell I'm glad I don't have to do that every night !"

Another highlight was when, during the breaks between the first 3 or 4 songs, the audience started singing "Happy bithday to you" to Mick and after a while Ronnie started conducting us all in time !!

Other highlights were Out of Control, Sympathy, a good Honky Tonk Women and Brown Sugar, when the crowd would't stop the yeah yeah yeah woo's at the end.

There were one or two minor mistakes, one which Darryl Jones covered with a neat bass fill, and Keith plucked all his strings for the intro on Tumbling Dice which made it sound different - whether this was intentional I don't know. Shame we didn't get You Can't always get what you want, but I've got three UK shows next June, as well as a possible Dublin gig which this site mentioned last week.

All in all, a top show - nobody does it better than the Stones !!!!!!!

woo woooo !!! woo woooo !!! woo woooo !!! woo wooo !!! woo wooo !!!!!!

Review by Denis Bouakkaz, Switzerland

The show start at 21h25 in front of about 90'000 people.

"SATISFACTION" was excellent. Lisa was perfect on "GIMME SHELTER". We have got a great version of "IT'S ONLY ROCK 'N' ROLL". "OUT OF CONTROL" still a great moment of the show. Great success for the Web Choice "PAINT IT BLACK". The audience was amazing during "LIKE A ROLLING STONES". The intro of "SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL" was very good ( Chuck Leavell ). The end of the show was fabulous. Unfortunately "YOU CAN'T ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU WANT" was not played.

The concert was fantastic and the audience very hot, A GREAT SHOW.

Review by Andreas Zimmermann

I must write some lines now, after reading the reviews from the Paris show. I think it wasn't that great as all the fans tell. What about Flip the Switch and Start Me Up? I wish that somebody would have kicked them in their ass to play it faster. It was really bad. There were highlights - like Gimme Shelter, Out of Control and Paint it Black - but it was not the best show I've ever seen.

No reproach to the Stones - nobody's perfect. But come on fans - be critic. Why should the Stones omit Can't always get if they are about to do "the best show"??? They realised that it wasn't their day. By the way - i LOVE the Stones...

Review by Valentin Gaillard

First Rolling Stones show for an "old" 22 years fan...great feeling, as you can easily imagine. Waiting was so long, but the show was as great as I wanted it to be...

I loved the way Keith came on the front of the stage, with his sun glasses, staring at the people near the stage (I was part of it !), before playing the first chords of Satisfaction...

"Happy Birthday Mick !" we sang at the beginning of the show... All the show was great, except maybe Anybody Seen My Baby and Wanna Hold you (everyone was asking for Happy, even if you knew Keith would play this minor Undercover song).

If was VERY happy to hear Paint It Black 'cos I thought Waiting had (unfortunately) won the internet referendum. The song was great, a quite new version of it. Exciting...

Hard versions of Little Queenie & The Last Time (Keith'choices I guess!) great Sympathy, even if the Keith'solo was too short. Keith repeating the first chords of Start Me Up, playing with the crowd again...I like that!!!

Great end (Can Always Get?)...Jagger & his brand new sun glasses on Jumping Jack Flash... See you next time, kids.

Review by Dirk Snapper, Holland

Friday night, July 24, Jean Luc (who provided me with the tickets) and Jaime (whom I met in Amsterdam) picked me up at the camping site Bois de Boulogne in Paris. We planned to go to the Mick Taylor concert which took place in Le Plan, a venue in a suburb.

It was a rather small but nice place where I met some nice people. Mick Taylor was good. He played about two hours. He was looking good and you could see that he enjoyed it. I didn't write down the setlist (if anyone did, please let me know) but songs I remember were I Wonder Why, Laundromat Blues, Goin' South, an extremely long version of You Gotta Move and a hardly recognizable Can't You Hear Me Knocking. Of course I was hoping for a little guest appearance (the Stones were in the neighbourhood...) but nothing happened. After the show there was planned a dinner with the band. It was very nice and the dinner was good. There were about 60 fans of at least 15 nationalities!! After some 20 minutes Mick and the band sat amongst us and they were kind enough to have a chat with, shake hands and give their autographs. Of course a lot of pictures were taken. They stayed for at least an hour. We all had a great time. Thank you Thierry for organizing this and thank you Jean Luc for the ticket and the company. (Carol Rock, you should have been there...!!) I was "home" again at approx. 03.30 a.m.

On Saturday there was the Stones concert at the new Stade de France. A very nice stadium with a capacity of, I believe, 80,000 people. The sound was good, though there was an echo where I was sitting. Yes, I was sitting. No arena this time. There was no barrier on the field here in France, so is was tough on the field (Jaime broke his leg...)

I arrived in the middle of the support act. A French band formed by the guitarist of Telephone (the local band that opened for the Stones in Paris "82). They played very well and the audience sang along all the (french) songs. Very good atmosphere. While waiting for the Stones I saw the best stadium wave since Rotterdam 1982 ;-)

The Stones started their show at 21.20. After the opening (Satisfaction) Mick said in French "Bienvenue au stade du champion du monde" (welcome at the stadium of the (soccer)champion of the world) which the crowd liked very much of course. Mick spoke a lot of French between the songs. And as we know, he speaks better French than he speaks Dutch ;-) It was one of the better shows here in Paris. It was my 10th European show and IMHO it was one of the best in fact. The French audience however was rather dull, at least where I was sitting. It looked a lot better on the floor.

Though I don't like the song, specially not as a live thing, Anybody Seen My Baby was getting better. It's Only Rock 'n Roll rocked as it did almost never before. Saint Of Me and Out Of Control were favourates again and Paint It Black (the webchoice) almost tore down the (new) stadium. It was played a bit different than in 1995, but a great one!

After he performed Thief In The Night Keith introduced Ronnie's daughter by saying: "Miss Leah Wood, who helps me out on this song".

The end of the show surprised me, because I missed the routine of the last 6 songs, which I had experienced in several shows before. But tonight they were real great. Specially Sympathy For The Devil was awesome.

They played almost the same set as they did the show before in Barcelona. But in stead of You Got Me Rocking The Last Time was done on the center stage and of course... in Paris we missed (again) You Can't Always Get. I'm sure it was on the setlist for tonight... You could see it on the screen several times :-(

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