Hartford last August was a bit disappointing. Nothing particularly wrong with the show but I just wasn't into it. SMU was such a @#$%& pedestrian opener...I almost yawned, and they never really recovered.
Oh well...the magic just wasn't there that time. The other 7 times were all mindblowing.
well, for clarificational purpose tat2...i saw them twice in 72' and they were excellent. i heard nearly all the boots and ya'ya's so i knew they could be spotty but i was expecting a lot better in cleveland 75..they were overall not anywhere near what their capable of, though they had their moments. still a great experience, an event-like all their shows are. agreed that i'd rather see them on a bad night than just about everyone else on a good one, but i can tell the difference between, say, 'miss you' on the canadian benefit for the blind boot and the version i heard in pgh. in 89, which was stellar.
I wasnt concieved until the early 80s, so I missed those years. Thankfully I've seen them 6 times from 97 to 05 and havent been disappointed once. The ONLY moment when I've been genuinely disappointed happend during my first show (St. Louis 97) when they did Waiting on a Friend. A webvote?! Great idea! I'll spend a week infront of my computer every day getting every person I know to vote for Star Star or Respectable or Shes a Rainbow or ANY SONG EXCEPT THAT PIECE OF SHIT. I was incredibly optimistic walking into the dome that night knowing that the last time I looked at the tally Star Star was in the lead by miles. So that was a real letdown. That and not hearing Little Queenie. Thankfully they made up for it by performing a fantastic version of the Last Time which sent chills down my spine. I knew it would be good but had no clue just how amazing it would be. I havent heard a boot to compare with that version ever.
BTW, from the recordings Ive heard 75 seems to be a dud tour all around. The sound (house mix), the performance, the precussion, billy preston, jagger's vocals, it all seems pretty horrible on everything except for LA Friday 75. Thats the only recording I can stand. Love You Live doesnt really do it for me. For the longest time I couldnt figure out what it was, but I kept hearing vocals floating around on that disc that werent actually there. Star Star standing out quite a bit... Mick real vocals in the background with overdubs blaring ontop of them. Yeah I could care less about 75.
Handsome Girls has me convinced that the weave enjoyed its finest hours during the 78 tour.
I didnot have bad seat that night at all. mick look really tired and didnt sound that good.
but remimber we were in 1976.no internet, not easy to get vynil boots . all we had were the clips from 74 and so on. the bruxelle 73 show on vinyl and leed 71. so when they were playing songs such as aint too proud to beg ,hot stuff, even midnight rambler they sound terrible.
Ronnie was the new one.he was very low in the mixing. but he was not mick taylor.and in june 76 we didnt get used to it yet. and it seems than in 2005 some people still didnot.
highlight was you gotta move and happy for me.
and for the newcomers,For some of them it was they firt show and already at that time quite a few of them were going thinking it's their last tour. most of them recognized only few songs and were very disapointed by the way they played angie.the same way as we see critics for sway 2005 .
but maybe too many expectations.their first time in france in 6 years;
Ok sweety, next time granny will tell you about paris 1970 palais des sports. but it s time to sleep. good night
1st Anaheim show in 1978. They made us wait 3 hours in the hot sun following the last opening act and then really sucked. I think they were drunk and were fixing guitar strings betweem songs and the like. Jagger was drinking Heineken on stage.
The LA Times had a picture and the headline was:
SAD DAY FOR ROCK: Stones turn to Dust.
The following day, same place and time was a totally different show and they rocked. This was the shoe throwing show.
my most recent and 30th show....Columbus,OH,,,this tour...ronnie wood should've just phoned it in...I can handle keith flubbing an intro sometimes,,but ronnie was consistantly off on his leads...i think he's definitely lost something...as much and as long as i've waited for Sway to be played...ronnie kind of overshadowed the show with his playing..charlie and mick were dead on all evening for me and keith's playing was what i expected....i didn't get my 350's worth even though the seats were good
Perth Australia during either the Bridges or the Licks tour....OH WAIT....there was no show in Perth when they last hit Australia, or the tour before!!! Now, THAT'S a disappointment! It MUST be a real bummer to only get them every few years or so, not decades or so apart like we have to suffer....
Listening to boots,I tend to agree with you,but I was there in the golden circle a couple of rows back, closer than I'd ever been and the night was awesome for me. Keith was in the pit, right in front of us during Brown Sugar
Like I said earlier,the seat /position makes all the difference .