Re: The perfect setlist
Here it Comes
Date: January 29, 2006 02:50
I think what's been interesting about the Stones the last four years is that they keep changing the setlist. I think if they toured with the same setlist every night, as they did for many years, we wouldn't be here posting every day.
At this point, with 42 years of recording under their belt (I'm sure someone will correct me on this), I don't think there is one ultimate setlist for the Rolling Stones any longer. I think they have managed to turn themselves into the sports arena version of a jukebox/bar band, and I think that's amazing in itself.
I saw the Garden shows last week, and, really, I thought they did a super job of covering their career. Virtually no era was left unexamined and, if you consider their four nights in New York over the last six months, they leaned heavily on what everyone thinks is their best period: "Let it Bleed," "Sticky Fingers," and "Exile." Not to mention "Get Off My Cloud," "Let's Spend the Night Together," "19th Nervous Breakdown," and "As Tears Go By" (hell yeah).
I think they finally got it right -- after all these years. It's too bad they weren't doing this in 1981. The arrangements on all the songs are exactly what make you jump out of your seat, and, given the circumstances, I found little to complain about last week.