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... This current tour in Detroit Ronnie was possessed. He laid out a blistering lead as the song was making the climb out of the slow blues section. Incredible. I was stunned by how Ronnie just seemed to be a different guitarist.
Midnight Rambler from Saitama 2006:
Yeah, 2006 Saitama is the best.
Like LS said, there is Brussels, and then there are all the rest...
Brussels lacks the power and threat that the Nashville 2015 version has in abundance. 'Midnight Rambler' at LP Field in 2015 is one of the greatest live renditions of a song by the Stones.
I have got to seek this out. The Rolling Stones haven't been threatening since 1969; the fact that they could recapture that menace on one song at one show 46 years later sounds truly miraculous!
I can't agree with that.
I would certainly recommend listening to the Nashville 2015 rendition.
A brief aside regarding the evaluation of live performances:
Several years ago, whilst a student, I found myself in conversation with a world-renowned Professor. At one point in our discussion the Professor, an American man in his fifties, asked me, quite out of the blue, who my favourite guitarist was.
Instinctively I replied 'Probably Jimmy Page or Keith Richards.'
I noticed his top lip instantly begin to curl in derision: it was the answer he had anticipated.
Shaking his head, he replied, 'I can never understand how someone can listen to rock music that's thirty or forty years old.'
'Why?' I asked, genuinely curious as to his position.
'It just doesn't possess any relevance. It amazes me that it remains so popular.'
Our conversation ended soon after, and I never spoke to the Professor again regarding the subject.
I largely disregarded the Professor's words concerning music, concluding that he had employed a false analogy to illustrate a wider point in our discussion. However, when considering an analysis of live performance as I am here, I find his words echoing in my ears.
I can appreciate the admiration for the US shows of 1969 and the Brussels performances of 1973, but I sometimes question the relative objectivity of those responsible for that admiration.
I recommend listening to more recent live performances by the Stones. You may discover, as I did, that the band peaked as a live act decades later than many would have you believe.
Too many great versions to mention, but the last time I saw the Stones with Charlie was back in August, 2019 in Glendale Arizona,
and Midnight Rambler was intense. That particular version (along with the entire show) will always have a special place in my heart amongst the best live versions.
Saw the Stones a couple of times last year with Steve on drums, but Midnight Rambler was nowhere near the same. Nice, but not the same.
Paris, Hippodrome De Longchamps, July 23rd 2022.