Re: 1972 first show
Date: February 2, 2005 19:20
Menace....tough to explain but at the time 'this show' was way more about other things than state of the art sound systems. Unfortunatley all we have in hindsite is the tape.
Allot has been said about the hype for this tour and thusly the opening night show. First you had to get a ticket, no internet,no ticket master, first show for overnight lineups. It was a young croud then, no mature fans and your folks had to let you go, 4 of the seven of our group had to drop out with tickets. When you got there was something in the air that turned out to be a riot (well documented). Remenmber this was not 'The world's best R&R band of the day' the title was being passed by media back and forth with record sales. You went to see that other British band that was still working. Once inside you would have to have an appreciation of the west coast canadian croud, they are tough, even on the Stones, what the tape does not pick up was the consistant booing that preceeded them starting because of the delays, buy the time they got going the croud was pissed off, drunk, stoned, not so pumped. This was a booze and drug show, I had to drag my feet leaving for fear of stepping on a bottle and slipping, Mick near had his head smacked by a gin bottle.
This is still part of the arena glory days. Bands are not yet carrying all of their oun sound system and would rent the Kelly Deyong PA system and integrate...always a problem. The only original thing they brought to the stage that I recall (I was pretty loaded) was the suspended mirror and rear spots, everything else looked like any other band. So Stevie sounded dead on....makes you wonder why the Stones were so rough.
I guess my point would be you can't sit in 2005 and compare sound, crouds, fans,and yes....who and what the Stones where in 1972. They are like a fine wine (or scotch in my case), they have gotten better with time. At work, the guy who sits next to me on one side was inside with me, the guy on the other side was outside being chased by police horse patols in the riot (strange odds we would end up working together) and none of us gave this event any more creedence than any other rock show of the day and if anything it was poorly done (sound,technical problems). They are amused like myself of the stature this tour has taken with fans. I am totaly on board at this time stating it may have been the best Stones tour for what it was but it had to be heldup against there other work todate. I realy appreciate you folks instilling a new perspective of the significance of this tour and show in me at this phase of my life.
Agian thanks to the guy with the cassette recorder.