This thread will probably be merged or deleted, but I really don't care.
I don't post here too often, but those that have seen any of my comments will know that I never shut up about Hyde Park #1, as (shock and horror!) it is the only Stones show I've seen.
I like reading people's stories on here about how they first became a Stones fan - seeing them on TV in the 60's, hearing them on the radio etc. I'm only 18, so what really
got me into the Stones and made me seriously notice them was Scorcese's Shine a Light (
I know right?). I went out and bought Exile, Some Girls, Tattoo You & Aftermath. I have no idea why I selected those specific albums, I think I just picked up a handful in HMV.
Obviously Shine a Light was released in 2008, just
after the Bigger Bang tour had finished, and there's me having just seen this film thinking "Wow, I have got to see the Stones live". I spent the next 4 years constantly scouring Google news, looking for signs of another tour. I was 14 years old when I started 'saving money' to hopefully one day see the Stones. In 4 years, I managed to save roughly £300. It sounds ridiculous, but I was a kid
So the day finally comes when the 50th anniversary shows are announced, and I'm gutted to see tickets are approx £600. I really was devastated, at the time I thought that was IT. There would be no more shows. I thought "Hey, at least I can watch the PPV". So I did, and I remember a moment at the very end of YCAGWYW, where Bernard and Lisa were watching Mick finish up the song; and they looked heartbroken. I was certain that was the last show, and I'd never get to see them.
A few months later, Hyde Park is announced. I was expecting more ridiculous prices, but lo and behold, £95. I couldn't believe it when I scored a ticket
and remember spending that entire evening watching Ladies & Gentlemen '72
, Some Girls Texas '78
back to back, grinning with joy. I bought a ticket for myself and a friend, booked train tickets and a hotel and off we went on July 6th.
We queued from 7am to get as close as possible, ending up a few rows behind FOS Ronnie side. We really couldn't have asked for a better way to see The Rolling Stones; a hot summer day in the middle of Hyde Park, watching Mick, Keith, Ronnie & Charlie merely feet away from us:
It was really was the best day of my life, but it was also quite sad; I knew I would never get as much enjoyment out of a show as I did that day. I framed my shirt and ticket, something I will treasure for the rest of my life:
I was satisfied that I got to see The Rolling Stones in the flesh, live and literally right in front of me. I was 100% certain that I'd never get the chance to see the band again, and was quite content with that.
Yet here I am, with another two tickets to see The Rolling Stones (in Berlin, oh wow! >
Having kept some money saved from a part time job, I've managed to jet myself off to see the greatest band of all time (AGAIN!) having convinced myself that it would never happen.
I honestly don't know why I made this post, I guess I count myself very privileged. I know there are others who have been waiting FAAAAAAAARRRRRR
longer than I have to see the band. I see a lot of posters who sport things like"49 shows and counting"
under their belt, and others who list all of these beautiful cities around the world in which they've had the experience of seeing the Stones play. I don't think you realise how lucky you are to be able to say that. What is just another show for you, is the greatest dream imaginable coming true for me.
Thanks for listening.
Edited 4 time(s). Last edit at 2014-03-25 23:07 by bv.