It's Only Rock'n Roll
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:
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)
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!!!
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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