The Stones 2012 - present "Victory Lap"
Date: July 19, 2015 06:27
I just wanted to share a few thoughts with some fellow fans. I am younger than some of you, older than some as well, I'd imagine. My first show was October 1997 during the Bridges To Babylon tour. The closest I'd come prior to that was 1994 when my dad, as an early birthday gift, bought me the pay-per-view of th Voodoo Lounge show from Miami, FL. I thought both amazing. I have seen every tour ever since - including No Security, Licks, and a Bigger Bang. I honestly thought they were done after the last tour. While Keith seemed to be carrying the weight for Ronnie on the B2B, NS, and Licks tours, they both seemed adrift on the ABB show in 2006 I saw. Same goes for the "Shine A Light" film. It seemed that Mick and Charlie were doing all of the work. It seemed like they were done.
Flash forward to December, 2012 - the PPV show from the Barclay Center outside of NY. I didn't have high hopes. But then, just as I'd wished for years now, I heard that great drum crack from Charlie, and they FINALLY opened up a show with "Get Off My Cloud". Even better - the guitars were back! Focused, chugging rhythm, fills in the right places, mistakes in the right places, even. And from that show (the 50 and counting tour), to the 14 on Fire shows (the excellent Sweet Summer Sun document), to my own experience seeing them here in Nashville exactly one month and one day ago as part of the Zip Code tour - I can honestly say that my favorite rock and roll band, in my opinion, are the best they have been in 30 years or so. I thought they were fantastic on B2B and the Licks tours, but there is a passion and energy propelling the last 2 and a half years that makes them sound like a BAND again and not just a revue. It's really inspiring - I never thought I would find myself typing this, but I am glad that I got to. Now, off to listen to a little more of that "Sticky Fingers Live" before I go to bed.