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Kemper Arena
Kansas City, MO, USA
Tuesday April 6, 1999

Review by Rich and Karen Kaczmarek

Tickets were plentiful just before the show; it was a matter of shopping for the preferred seat.

The Kansas City crowd was very excited. Kemper Arena was loud with thunderous applause, which was gratefully acknowledged by Mick. The show itself was very loud; it was definitely louder than any other show we've been to on this tour.

The first five songs of the show really work with the enthusiasm of the crowd. Gimme Shelter was a treat to hear again. Saint of Me once again had plenty of singing along by the enthusiastic crowd.

The lift that brings Mick to the stage at the beginning of Out Of Control worked perfectly tonight, and Mick came through the stage straight as an arrow.

It's amazing that Mick's energy level continues to grow throughout the show. The last five songs are attacked with the same vigor that the first five songs start with.

Darryl has some fun dancing towards the end of the show. His contribution to the show cannot be overlooked. There's an obvious rapport among everyone on stage and the result is a fantastic show.

Start Time:  9:25
Finished  : 11:30

The set list:

  1. Jumping Jack Flash
  2. You Got Me Rocking
  3. Bitch
  4. Gimme Shelter
  5. Honky Tonk Women
  6. Memory Motel
  7. Saint of Me
  8. Some Girls
  9. Paint It Black
    -- Introductions --
  10. You Got The Silver (Keith)
  11. Before They Make Me Run (Keith)
  12. Out Of Control
  13. Route 66 (B-stage)
  14. Get Off Of My Cloud (B-stage)
  15. Midnight Rambler (B-stage)
  16. Tumbling Dice
  17. It's Only Rock'n Roll
  18. Start Me Up
  19. Brown Sugar
  20. Sympathy for the Devil (encore)

Review by Nathan Carlisle

But what can a poor boy do Except to sing for a rock n' roll band

Those lyrics raced through my mind as I made the 130-mile drive to Kansas City. I'm journalism major at the University of Missouri-Columbia who's still one week shy of his 20th birthday. I had never seen the Rolling Stones live before; having finals to study for during the now famed Bridges to Babylon St. Louis show they put on in December of '97. But I was resolved to catch them on the No Security Tour.

Johnny Lang opened up the show. He played a good set, but it was lost on the older crowd. As I got up to use the restroom after Lang's set, a middle-aged gentleman turned to me and asked, "Do you know the name of that band that just played?" As I said, I enjoyed Lang's performance but honestly had to answer, "Who cares?" I was just there to see the Stones too.

I became an instant, and avid, Stones fan in my junior year of high school when I hear "Bitch" (the anti-Christ of all love songs) on the radio. Needless to stay, I was ecstatic when Mick introduced that one early in the show. The audience seemed really taken with Lisa Fischer tonight. They were really impressed with her vocals on "Gimme Shelter" and during "Honky Tonk Women" she flirted with crowd on her side of the stage.

The Stones themselves seemed to really be having fun tonight. Mick played with the audience a lot, and during the start of "Out of Control," Keith hung around the back-up mikes playing with Lisa and Bernard and went over and goosed Ronnie as he picked up his guitar. Keith's guitar on "You Got the Silver" was simply blissful. It was a definite highlight.

The crowd was divided up with middle-agers having about a 70%-30% advantage over people closer to my age. It ended up being a nice mix. The younger crowd provided the energy; the older crowd brought the enthusiasm. Though they started out a little slow, by the end everyone in the audience was singing along so loudly that at times they were drowning out Mick's vocals.

It was a tremendous show - worth every penny spent, every day waited, every mile driven and every "But they're so old" comment listened.

For me, concert going may end when Stones' tours do.

Review by Kerry Hayes, St. Louis

I can't say anything about this tour that hasn't already been said, as far as, "Go see this band!" or "Don't miss 'em this time 'round!", so I won't try. But, as much has been said about the No Security tour (both critically and favorably) most commentary seems to come from the mouths of long-time fans, folks who have seen the band a dozen, two dozen, five dozen times now.

I've been a fan of the Rolling Stones for about three years now, and as anyone who really, truly, madly, deeply loves this band knows, the word "love" seems to small, to laughably insignificant to adequately express how I feel. I fell in love with Exile on Main St. at age 16 (which I bought for myself while "Christmas shopping"), and all of the filth and fury and decadence and debauchery struck a chord in me with an intensity that modern music could never hope to muster.

Seeing the group perform at the Kemper Arena on Tuesday night was the first (the first!) time I have ever seen them live. And in comparison to the many rock and roll concerts by the age of 19, no other band has produced such a reaction in me, physically and emotionally, as the Stones.

I must confess that walking into the Arena 90 minutes before showtime, I was fully expecting this to be the greatest concert of my life; there was basically no way I was not going to love this show. All unbias aside, I believe now and always will that this show served as another proud, hollering, two-fisted "fuck you" to the notion that fans are only paying for the name brand these days. Just as I have never seen a band play with as much assured conviction and possession of the stage, so I have never (well, rarely) seen a band play with as much vitality, as if their very lives depended on their ability to connect with every fan in the whole damn place.

So it was all there, the cheesy black-and-white video and the first five and Keith's bit with Chuck and the requisite ovations and the walkway and the hand-slapping and the little stage and the Hot Rocks finale and the confetti during "Brown Sugar." We got "Gimme Shelter" and "Memory Motel" and "You Got the Silver" and "Get Off My Cloud." You've all seen it, and if you haven't, there are people who were there who can describe it with much more clarity and much less romance than me. I spent the duration of the show with a star-struck sort of pleasant, trembling nausea throughout my whole body, and time cannot possibly move fast enough for me until I feel it again. I will only say that last night's show has forever redefined my ideas of what constitutes a fantastic (no, terrific... no, amazing... no, jaw-dropping...etc.) rock and roll show. It was tight, and yet it was overflowing. The closer they were to us, the larger-than-life they became.

A few notes/observations: Jonny Lang is going places; he might never be as big as the Stones, but I can imagine people are saying the same things about him now that were said about them in '64. Why is it that Keith's introduction gets the biggest ovation, but then so many people leave to go get beer during his set? To the graying, bitter bastards (some wearing suits no less! to a rock concert!?) on the floor: you know that smell during "Midnight Rambler"?... that was marijuana. And to the portly, middle-aged gentleman in the red jersey who was smoking it: your inebriated stumblings were amusing for awhile, but got tiresome quick. And seeing the last five songs in concert for the first (the first!) time was awesome, so screw anybody out there who's "bored" with hearing them again... some of us should have such complaints.

All told, a wonderful experience, one that will allow me to die happily. If anybody's got a good quality recording of this show, please get in touch at [email protected].

See you in Memphis!

Review by Tony Cheray

Are the Rolling Stones the greatest rock band? Well judging from their nearly sold out Preformance at Kansas City last night one would have to say they are damn close.

Gone are the huge props pyro and other trappings of recent Stones tours. Tonight the band put them self under the microscope only to be judged by music and music alone

Mick Jagger and Stones tore into the set with Jumping Jack Flash and kept the audience entertained the whole night with rendentions of their most notable hits over the span of thirty some odd years. One of the drawing points of this tour was the playing of some of the more obscure tunes that they have not played for a long.time live. I am thirty years old the thought of the Stones playing songs I have never heard before at first ticked me off a little but after last night I come to realize that every once and a while. you need a breath of fresh air and the way they played the air was pretty fresh and I took a long breath.

One thing that amazed me is how the audience and band got into the show some times I could not hear the vocals from the stage very well due to singing along that crowd was doing. Great job fellow fans for participation you all need to reach around and give your self a pat on the back.

The next thing I want to comment about is the "great B stage debate" I have read reviews saying how poor the sound was during previous concert. Let me tell you that the biggest hilight of the whole concert was the B stage set it rocked. The band seem to have fun playing in a little more quaint setting and fans loved it. The sound quallity was actually better I thought than the main stage.

The only thing that I have to say to the Stones DO NOT WAIT ANOTHER TEN YEARS TO PLAY KANSAS CITY WE LOVE YOU.

By the way if anybody has any pictures or bootlegs video or audio of this show please email me at [email protected].

Once again thank you Rolling Stones and thank you Kansas City IT'S ONLY ROCK AND ROLL BUT I LIKE IT I LIKE IT YES I DO.

Review by Dennis Lawson, St. Louis

Just got back from Kansas City and another blistering Stones gig! The "boys" say they think the band is sounding better than they ever have and I'd have to agree. I couldn't find room for improvement anywhere. They seem to play the songs that they've got down tight and it all just grooves together. Here's a setlist from April 6th, and a few little insights I took in from Section 224 of the Kemper Arena:


YOU GOT ME ROCKIN - After this one, Mick greeted the KC crowd and apologized for not coming to town in a "very long time". Said he couldn't remember when but knew it was sometime in the 70's (it was actually Still Life in 81)


BITCH - on this one, Mick blew the last verse, as he stepped to the mike to sing it, he got choked up but improvised fast by running into the yeah, yeah, yeahs that are at the end of the song. I noticed him look at Bernard after he did this and they both started smiling hard. I don't think most of the crowd even noticed...

HONKY TONK WOMEN - always a winner live, Keef seems to have made it a regular occurance of coming up behind Chuck on the piano solo and improvise the ending of it. Pretty funny still....

MEMORY MOTEL - Best I've heard it live yet

SAINT OF ME - KC was in great voice til this one. Mick tried to get the audience to sing the "yeah, oh yeah" stuff, but they quit on him. The band had to start it up again just to get the crowd keep singing....



YOU GOT THE SILVER - total bliss! I thought it was great!!



ROUTE 66 - B stage


MIDNIGHT RAMBLER - B stage - My first time hearing this one live....blew me away!!



START ME UP - last time they played KC, this was brand NEW!!!



Pre-show comments by Pierre and Larry

Here are some reflections about the concert at Kemper in '81. It is interesting that they finished in '81 with JJF and now they kick it off with the same!

Rumors flew it was Mick Taylor's fault that the demons were summoned to Kansas City. His gig at the Grand Emporium was too coincidental for anyone to believe that conspiracy did not play a part in adding Kansas City's Kemper Arena late during the '81 tour. Or was it research for a sequel to Watt's book on Charlie Parker that brought the boys to town? Perhaps the truth will be known when VH1 Gives us the "Behind the Scenes" update long after the facts have been laid to rest.

Mick Taylor joined the band onstage for a couple of songs. His handlers were also credited with an "assist" as they openly passed powders to Ronnie. The papal view we commanded from stage right, overlooked the evidence that fundamental hedonism was in full bloom. Ronnie grabbed the vial from Taylor sized like a Olympic baton and pranced on stage, playing the neck of his guitar while tossing the vial up and down repeatedly during "Hang Fire". Keith was a natural to get sucked into this vortex of conspicuous consumption - much to Jagger's displeasure! Keith finished the set with the "baton" cradled in his right hand while playing, finally returning the contraband to Taylor's bodyguard. It's amazing what $16.75 will buy in entertainment value.

It's been almost 18 years since the last Kemper Arena show, and ten years since their last visit to Kansas City. Thanks for coming back.

Please note - this is NOT the 1999 set list, it's the one from 1981!!!

December 14, 1981 (first show out of two nights in Kansas City)

Start Time: 8:20PM
Finished: 10:20PM

1. Under My Thumb
2. When the Whip Comes Down
3. Let's Spend the Night Together
4. Shattered
5. Neighbors
6. Black Limosine
7. Just My Imagination
8. Twenty Flight Rock
9. Going to the Go-Go
-- Mick Taylor on stage
10. Let Me Go
11. Time is on My Side
12. Beast of Burden
13. Waiting on a Friend
14. Let It Bleed
15. You Can't Always Get What you Want
-- Band introductions
16. Little T&A
17. Tumbling Dice
18. She's So Cold
19. Hang Fire
20. Miss You
21. Honky Tonk Women
22. Brown Sugar
23. Start Me Up
24. Jumping Jack Flash (Encore)
25. Satisfaction (Encore)

Please note - this is NOT the 1999 set list, it's from 1981!!!

The press reports:

Thanks to Ted Saxlid, Olaf Reuthebuch, Axel Schumacher and each and every one of you for supplying links to online newspapers, and reviews, of course!

Read all about the "No Security" and "Bridges To Babylon" tours of 1999 in the It's Only Rock'n Roll magazines. New issue IORR 35 out Jan 20, 1999, and the complete No Security guide in IORR 36 is out April 23, 1999.

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