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Myriad Arena
Oklahoma City, OK, USA
Saturday April 10, 1999

Review by Michael Crawley

OKC was a great show! A full house and the audience really seemed to be into it. (Especially in our section.) We were about half way back on Ron's side. We were in perfect position for the B stage which was my favorite part of the show. It really rocked. I know some of the reviews have said that the B stage sound has been muddy, but we thought the guitars really sounded great from there. As always the 1st song on the 2nd stage was Route 66 and of course it mentions Oklahoma City in the lyrics which drove everyone crazy. The absolute highlight for me was Midnight Rambler. This was the 4th time I've seen the Stones over the last 25 years but I had never gotten to see them do that particular song. Keith was fantastic on it. He ripped through huge chords that rocked the whole arena. And Jagger's harp was bluesy and gutsy.

Another great moment was getting to hear You Got the Silver. Never in my 30 years of being a Stones fan did I ever think I would see Keith Richards sitting on a stool playing acoustic slide guitar in my home town. It was very cool.

As I think back to last night show it's hard to describe to someone who has never seen the band live just how much power and energy they still have. The opening five songs and of course the closing five are as good as it gets. We all felt drained as we left. Imagine how the Stones must feel after almost 2 solid years on the road...and yet they kicked ass like it was opening night.

Being a small market, OKC really treated this show as a big event. There was a lot of press coverage by TV and print leading up to the concert and various radio stations held all day events outside the arena.

I'll close by saying that because we were one of the smaller cities and venues on the tour I wondered if we would get the same kind of effort from the band that I've always seen them give in Dallas. I was not disappointed. The show was just as tight and energetic as it would have been in New York or LA. And believe me all of us out here in the middle of the country really appreciate it! Great job guys!

The set list:

  1. Jumping Jack Flash
  2. Bitch
  3. You Got Me Rocking
  4. Respectable
  5. Honky Tonk Women
  6. Moonlight Mile
  7. Saint of Me
  8. Some Girls
  9. Paint It Black
    -- Introductions --
  10. You Got The Silver (Keith)
  11. Thief In The Night (Keith)
  12. Out Of Control
  13. Route 66 (B-stage)
  14. Get Off 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 Howard Hill

Oklahoma City? Having only cut through the state once, I was a little wary of what might wait for me as I drove up from Dallas. But let me tell you, for a show of that size it was really kind of nice � smaller show, smaller town. The weather was great and the city�s revitalized Bricktown district had been reeling it in for a several ours prior to the show so by the time the curtain went up, the place was ready.

The arena was very small with the "upper deck" really just extending up from the lower deck with no overhang or boxes so it was more like a bowl - it said it held 16,000 but you wouldn't know it.

My seats were just off Keith's side of the small stage about 4 seats away. By now you know how the show goes but I will say that having never heard either Respectable or Some Girls live and the surrounding circumstances - that was something else. I mean when Mick would glare into the camera in front of the stage and belt out "Get out of my life, don't come back" or "Give me half your money" you could feel it was a little more charged. Also, he was using the "Give me all your money, give me all your dope" line as well - very nice.

Moonlight Mile was as amazing as I thought it would be and as I figured might happen, I was one of the few that was freaking out and remained standing during the song- personally I love that damn song. What a treat to see it live. Same goes for You Got the Silver.

The small stage was about as good as you can get. Of course, "Oklahoma City looks oh so pretty" from Route 66 got a big response. While all took there turns around the stage, Ronnie lingered around a bit and it was good to see Woodie having such a good time with this one. GOMC took the roof off the place with everybody in the house ripping through the chorus of that one.

Midnight Rambler was far more amazing than I had imagined. Keith fires up the old Gibson and then after Mick got a little sip of water he picked up his harp and went to it. We were right below Charlie and watched as he effortlessly picked up the beat as the pace picked up and then Mick led the crowd in a little yelling before going into the slowed middle of the tune. They came out of it full force with Mick running around the stage blowing the harp and working the crowd.

Being about 4 feet away from those guys for three songs is like standing next to a cross-fire hurricane and when they moved back to the small stage it was a little weird seeing them so far away. But those last songs can still put a little pep in your step.

The crowd, the show, the stage, the set, the lights, the sound, the weather, was all A-OK (if you know what I mean)

Review by Philip Terrando

Just to echo the sentiments of the others, the show was awesome! From the opening of "Jumpin' Jack Flash" the Stones had us right where they wanted. The crowd was responsive and appreciative. Mick did a "Jagger in the box", popping out from beneath the stage at the beginning of "Out of Control". "Route 66" got the expected applause from the line "Oklahoma City is oh so pretty". Keith's triple hitch on "Start Me Up" just added to the fun. When the final chords of "Sympathy for the Devil" ended, the fans gave a well deserved standing ovation to the band. Just a word about OKC; the downtown looks great The Brickyard is going to be a happening place when it's finished. Also, thanks to the "locals". Everyone I met there help make it a great weekend.

Review by Tommy Flummerfelt

This was another wild journey for the kid from Kansas. While traveling to OKC on late Friday night we got the first taste of Stones fever a little after midnight with the media hype and Sympathy. I took my sound asleep 12 year old to the motel at 3:30 AM and went down to get a late night snack only to find a nice article in a local paper adding more to the hype. After attempting some sleep myself we awoke to a major energy level because we had seen the show in Denver and we knew what was about to happen later in the day. We headed to the Myriad at noon to see what was going on. Not much. So we headed to the Waterford Motel to see what was going on. EVERYTHING was going on!!! The Rolling Stones were staying there and with that came much security, lots of people shopping the Stones, and stories to be told. It was a big deal for us and we had fun with it. We waited for the Stones to go for sound check around 5:00 PM. Everyone (Lisa, Bernard, Chuck, Bobby etc...) had left except the boys prior to that. Then the police and drivers and all people needed congregated in the back entrance area and soon Charlie then Mick then Keith and finally Ronnie left one at a time with a few minutes in between each. My little girl was seriously snapping some pictures. I really enjoyed this time seeing all of the activity. After Ronnie had made his exit we left and ended up pulling right up beside his van. My kid rolled her window down and yelled "Ronnie." He turned around in his seat and waved very big back to my daughter and that was the highlight of her trip. She is truly a Ronnie fan. "He's so cute." This is her 5th Stones show. She started on the Voodoo 94 tour when she was 7 years old!!!

We went to the Myriad, sold our last tickets, and proceeded into the arena just in time for the doors to open. We had floor tickets 13 rows from the main stage. Perfect seats!!! I took a camera in so I am hoping for some pictures. None for sale-just for memories. Made my examination of how to get to the small stage, chatted with a few bouncers, and went for a coke.

Johnny Lang came on and did a good job getting most of the crowd up on their feet for their final applause. I enjoyed his show. Quite a talent.

And then, the final wait of the evening. I love this time of wait. Watching the people do what people do when they are getting out of range. The force, the buzz, the enthusiasm, the ambiance, the aura. I love it!!! The lights go off, the video comes on and next thing you know "'THE GREATEST ROCK AND ROLL BAND IN THE WORLD" is on stage doing what they do best!!! I bounced a little from high to highest with the set list until after Keith's set. Keith was fantastic tonight and I wish I could have understood what he said. He talked a lot more than usual. I was very pleased that they played Moonlight Mile tonight. Very nice!!! Don't take this wrong - it was extremely fantastic!!! I enjoy the bounce!!! We scammed the small stage during Out of Control and this was truly the most amazing thing I have ever seen!!! Route 66!!!, Get Off Of My Cloud!!!, and Midnight Rambler!!! My daughter couldn't see so I put her on a chair to stand. The bouncer said no to that but moved her onto the walkway where she was 15 ft. maximum distance from stage on Keith's side with a clear view. "Thank you Mr. Bouncer. That was very nice of you." This was it for me!!! I don't think I will beat this. For 21 years I have seen these guys. For 37 years + I have enjoyed their music and rebellion. It's just the Stones. It's who they are. It's what they do. I was truly in awe. It is not explainable unless you witness it first hand. I keep trying but to no avail. Truly tremendous!!! Anyway, back to the main stage for the finale'. Need I say more!!! Everyone is numb! Completely blown away! Probably still are as this is only 2 days later!!!

We go back to a wild motel. Some guy comes up and says "Hey, I saw you on the floor and you was going for it." My friend Pinnick is just checking in to the motel due to previous commitments. Unfortunately, he had to stay on the 9th floor right next door to Mick Jagger. You talk about adding to the trip. He ends up helping load out some of Keith's guitars on Sunday morning. I shake hands with Bernard and Mick's personal bodyguard. That is the way the whole weekend went!!!

We head home. Back to Kansas. We travel a short piece of a historic highway called Route 66. The original I might add. My mind is gone into trivia and time. All I see is the special things. The little stuff that contains meaning. So, I'm driving down the road and out of the blue, as we are getting ready to cross a bridge near Beaver, Oklahoma, there is a sign-a little square sign made up of the exact same colors and design as the "NO SECURITY" logo. As I pass the sign and am crossing this bridge I think "I must proceed with caution. But proceed I must for there is good things in life." THANK YOU WORLD!!! THANK YOU ROLLING STONES FOR ADDING GOOD TO MY LIFE!!!

The press reports:

Thanks to Eddie 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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