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We had to wait for the stones for several hours without any shade under the sun in a hot evening but it was worth doing it. When the stones appeared a feeling came to us and we couldn't help jumping and singing every songs one by one. Jumping jack flash was the first one and it was a good start but every song had its personal feeling. The crowd was very excited all the time so there were no highlights but the whole concert was a big highlight. Great experience.
Start time: 22:32 End time : 00:36
The set list:
The Stones were on shortly after 10:30pm. Late start, but on schedule. This was an amphi setting, with the stage approx. one meter higher than normal. The front area was small, and the rest was like a hillside with concrete seating rows in an arch. Perfect place for a Stones show. And the crowd proved to be perfect as well.
I was at the small stage, and as soon as the show started, evrybody was jumping up and down, dancing and singing like crazy. What a great crowd! The difference from other shows I have seen, was that this dancing and singing went on all through the show, and up to and including the encore. When they came down to the small stage, everyone in m area crushed up, packed together, and went crazy. Not much space for going wild, but it was a great time.
Paint It Black was one of the highlights. It was played well, and the crowd was great and wild all through the song. Mick spoke quite a bit of Spanish, and even if I could not understand much, it seemed to make sense to the local fans.
Start Me Up was another highlight. People had been jumping up and down, dancing all through the show, but now everyone had their hands in the air as well, just like Mick. Whatever Mick did, we did the same. Best crowd of the tour so far, and great show!
Being a huge James Brown fan as well I was very pleased (and surprised too!) to hear J.B.īs "The Popcorn" played over the PA as an interlude between the Keith Richardsī songs and the small stage set.
Keith played "You Got The Silver" and "Before They Make Me Run". Specially the first one was GREAT and in my opinion sounded pretty tight and clean ... a perfect version. Another highlights of the show were "Ruby Tuesday", "Respectable" (I always enjoy seeing Mick playing guitar) , and "Itīs Only Rock nīRoll". From "Voodoo Lounge" they played "You Got Me Rocking" (the second song of the night which drove the audience crazy) and from "Bridges To Babylon" the usual "Saint Of Me" (with the crowd into the common and never-ending singalong at the end) and "Out Of Control". Right after "You Got Me Rocking" Mick spoke some words in Spanish and Galician ("Boas Noites, Santiago!" = "Good Night, Santiago!"), which was very funny.
During the band introductions the audience cheered a lot at Ronnie, surprisingly even more than at Charlie. This time Mick talked a bit more in Spanish. Refering to Lisa he called her ironically "La bella y timida Lisa" (= "The beautiful and shy Lisa!") and called Charlie "Silencioso" ("Silent").
In conclusion Iīll say that is fantastic seeing them in such big shape after nearly three years on tour. Iīm not talking about their age and that shit; any band of youngsters probably couldnīt bear their pace show after show, giving away the best of them, sharing their charm and talent from town to town all over the world. Everything is said about them and their magic is undecipherable. I know, itīs only rock nīroll, but I like it and it will always be right in my heart. Thank you, Stones.
When I saw them in Madrid in the Urban Jungle, for instance, I could see Ronnie a little bit tired and non very concentrate. But this time, gosh, he was great. Everybody was great. 30.000 people dancing, jumping, singing, screaming. Hundreds of teenagers around me I could hear them singinng all the songs, from Saint of me to Brown Sugar or, mamma mia, You got the silver.
There were some evidences that the people who is in charge of the organization of the show thought that people in Santiago were a pack of spanish yokels (i.e. behaviour on stage of some people of the crew, the absence of stage effects that we can see in glamourous european cities) but the Stones, IĻm sure, are thinking now that nights like Santiagoīs night are the reason for what they are doing. It was one of my happiest nights in my life. For sure.The only problem was that I thought I was in a five minutes dream, every thing was so short, too short.
Sorry for my bad english. And let me tell you a secret: in the Judgement Day I will say that Mick sang well. But in Compostela night you and me we know how Mick sang. Well. Thanks a lot.
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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 36 out May 18, 1999.
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