Re: What was your biggest "Stones"-Disappointment?
Date: February 20, 2005 02:07
'Dia dhuit' to all,
Biggest disappointment? Well,being a die-hard fan of this band,it's tough watching some of the slapdash live-videos from the '70's.I'm talking from 1975 on,when Mick decided it'd be better to garble,drawl and moan the lyrics instead of sing them.Watching those performances is sometimes awful,Mick treating both the matrial and the audience with such contempt.Some truly woeful performances add to a major disappointment.In my opinion anyway,L.A. '75 is abysmal,and,some of the bootlegs from the '76 tour are even worse.By '81 they'd cleaned up a bit,but,the high-camp of the concerts and frivolity with which the material was treated was a bit much to take.
Ronnie's decline is sad to see too.But,much worse is Keith's.Okay,on some shows he still plays magnificently,but,I have to admit to seeing him in a lesser light these days.Does he play guitar anymore? It seems like he noodles about on the six-string,barely audible over the keyboards,when once the riffs thundered from him.Today,is the sound that fills the concert-venues more Chuck's goddamn piano than the twin-guitar axis of the Rolling stones? I guess it's pot-luck,some night's they are still the 'greatest r'n'r band..",other night's they're a third-rate covers-band.For instance,on the "Four Flicks" DVD,I loved MSG and Twickenham,but,thought some of the tracks from "Olympia" were terrible."Start Me up" sounds woefully out of tune,as do some others.
Album wise,I've loved the last few,VL,B2B,most of SW,and even have a fondness for DW and UC.They've revived thier slump in album-quality methinks,but,live,they leave a lot to be desired.I didn't even bother buying the "Live licks"-first new stone album I haven't bought since VL.
Edited 3 time(s). Last edit at 2005-02-20 02:21 by IrelandCalling4.