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Tokyo Dome
Tokyo, Japan
Tuesday March 17, 1998

Review by Toru Aoki

Great songs from Black & Blue. First time to hear Crazy Mama in live performance. Keith's vocal on Memory Motel was so nice. Ronnie did a good job on Crazy Mama. Guitar battle between Keith and Ronnie on Flip was impressive. Charlie's drums on Out Of Control was strong. That song would be 90's Midnight Rambler. And I thought Keith's voice was like Dylan's on Like A Rolling Stone . After that song, Ronnie gave his guitar to his fan. Though this could be my last Stone experience in this century, nothing's come close to making me as happy in my life as The Rolling Stones Show. Thank you boys!

Start time : 6:30
End time   : 8:50

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. You Got Me Rocking
  7. Saint Of Me
  8. Out Of Control
  9. Memory Motel (web choice)
  10. Miss You
    -- Introductions --
  11. Thief In The Night (Keith)
  12. Wanna Hold You (Keith)
  13. Little Queenie (center stage)
  14. Crazy Mama (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 Sanjyuro (Hitoshi & Junko Sato)

The light went out at 6:27pm and the last show in Tokyo started with usual opening numbers. At where I was seated (C-4, Ronnie side of the ground level), Keith's guitar could not be heard well, so I decided to listen to Ronnie's guitar tonight, for a change. On "Anybody Seen My Baby", Mick's vocal was just great, unlike the last Saturday's show. The last verse of the rap part was sang as "Tokyo", which drew a loud applause of the audience. The following "You Got Me Rockin'" was played on the main stage tonight. This song seems to be becoming one of the Stones' "standard" songs. The web choice of the day was "Memory Motel", which was also played on the final night in Tokyo during the Voodoo Lounge Tour. Tonight was very the first time for me to hear this song, and it really got to my heart. I realized, once again, what a great song it was! Ronnie's daughter joined the backing vocalists in "Thief In The Night", the first song of the Keith's set is. After the song Keith claimed to the audience "I'm getting used to this place." Unfortunately Keith, this is your last night here.

After Keith finished "Wanna Hold You", the crowd at the ground level started to move toward the center stage. The 1st song at the center stage was "Little Queenie" and I could feel the whole stadium rocking and rolling. Then, a nice surprise! "Crazy Mama", which had disappeared from the set list during the latter part of the North American Tour, was played. Many fans had been waiting for this genuine rock 'n' roll number, I believe. I don't know if there was a single person keeping quiet when all of the audience sang along "Like A Rolling Stone" with the band.

The finale of the show was the parade of the all time hits with 2 encore numbers. As the confetti and fireworks burst in the air during "Brown Sugar", I was wondering "When will they be back in Tokyo?" I just want to thank the Stones for the greatest rock 'n' roll show!

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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