It's Only Rock'n Roll
Although they were in a good shape after taking 2 weeks vacation, they seemed to starve to play rock music. Songs became tighter in the middle of this BTB tour. New songs were digested nicely. Flip The Switch, Saint Of Me and Out Of Control were the best of today's show. And the stomy winter in 1981 Kansas flashed back in my mind by web choice, Under my thumb.
However the sound quality was not good. Maybe the worst in my experience. It was like hearing CD on Dolby surround hi-fi system. I hope it will be improved for the next three shows. William Shakespeare said, 'All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players.'
Stones? Mick and Keith were King of Rock'n'Roll themselves. They let us rock again and again. They were only Rock'n' Roller. But how about audience? To my dismay, Dome was not full. Audience was about 30,000 and second floor was completly empty. I guess it was because the show had to start in the working man's dead time.
Anyway I enjoyed the show. This was my 20th Stones concert. Although my 2 year old son and my wife missed the Chicago show, this could be a great memory for my family.
Start time : 6:45 End time : 9:05
The set list:
Also thanks to Naohiro Mikawa for setlist information!!!
Then, Keith stepped out to the middle of the stage to be the center of attraction for his section of the concert. There must be more Keith fans in Japan than in the any other part of the world; no one left for a toilet break or ran for beer. Keith seemed to be in a very happy and relaxed mood and sang "You Don't Have To Mean It" and "Wanna Hold You".
Because we were seated rather close to the small center stage, we ran toward there, with a bunch of underwear and flowers in our hands, and waited for Mick, Keith, Charlie, Ron, Darryl, and Chuck as they crossed the bridge. A few audience were throwing underwear onto the stage (It would've been nicer if there were more.) while "Little Queenie", "Last Time" and "Like A Rolling Stone" were performed. We could see the band so up close, we could even count the number of lines on Mick's face. Visually, being so close to the center stage was such an exciting experience, but audio wise it was awkward. Sounds from different speakers and from monitors on the center stage, all with different delays, were heard at once. Throughout the 3 songs, all the member on the stage kept smiling to the audience. They sure know how to make the audience happy! Ronnie was especially pleased to find many "Ronnie" signs held along the stage.
The band walked back to the main stage and the show proceeded right into non stop parade of everybody's favorite numbers. "Sympathy For The Devil", "Tumbling Dice", "Honky Tonk Women", "Start Me Up", and finally "Jumping Jack Flash" closed tonight's main set.
"You Can't Always Get What You Want" and "Brown Sugar" were played for encore. Enormous amount of confetti blasted out at the beginning of "Brown Sugar", and also extensive fireworks exploded at the end, and the very first show of the Japanese Tour came to a close.
There was no special song selection tonight and the sound quality needed to be improved, however we can look forward to how the rest of the tour progress. The Stones will be playing in front of the sold out crowd and the TV cameras at the next show on Saturday.
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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