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My review Radio City Hall
Posted by: micwer ()
Date: March 15, 2006 15:04

The Last Time? You Can’t Always Get What You Want? I Can’t Get No Satisfaction? A Charity for 5,000 people after playing in front of 2 million people? Quite a context for another NY show for the Stones.
NY has always been central to the Stones, with fantastic performances (Welcome to NY 1972, the best live Stones’ concert EVER recorded) and so many NY-related songs (Honky Tonk Woman, Doo Doo Doo, Shattered). Is the magic going to operate again? Every concert I go, same thing. I’m convinced it can’t top the previous one. I last saw them a couple of months ago at the MSG where our boys had been plain amazing. I was almost scared to risk losing such a great impression. Well, Stones’ fans need not worry, the boys took care of business. They did it again. In such a beautiful and mythical venue, it was hard to miss, let’s face it. The B52’s warmed up the room with some classic hits like Love Schack (“This is a song that was made popular by us”) and the always cheerful voice of her singer. The chairman of the Robin Hood NYC Charity comes next, with a simple powerful speech by Harvey “Mr. ex-Miramax” Weinstein, closing the short talkative session. It’s 9:15 PM. Stones’ time.
The opening note of Jumping Jack Flash start to blaze and the beautiful velvet curtains on the stage start to shiver. The Jag is in top shape, no doubt about it. Sitting in Row VV, I have a fantastic view and Mick looks younger than ever, it’s quite spectacular. As for the sound, it’s basically the best I’ve had at a rock concert (I guess Carnegie Hall doesn’t count): no saturation, perfect mix, perfect balance – a dream. No transition, the opening note of It’s Only Rock n’ Roll. All the suits and ties start to shake. Corporate America can rock! The Stones already won the battle. Solid version, classic, excellent riff by Keith; Ron looks pretty good and sober tonight.
Mick starts chatting a little bit. “The next song is about New York”. I’m hoping for Doo Doo Doo Heartbreaker. It will be Shattered, not my favorite song from Some Girls but an excellent rendition and some killer groove. Definitely sharp tonight. Then, first title from A Bigger Bang, the already classic Oh No Not You Again. I just love this song. Witty lyrics, classic riff and excellent solo by Ronnie. Like I said, a classic Stones’ song already. Back in 1972 and Tumbling Dice. One of my favorite Stones’ song from my favorite album, Exile. Very good performance and special mention to Charlie. His drum’s part is like Keith’s Start Me Up solo. A must.
At this point, as the roadie brings a keyboard, I have a clue that Worried about You is going to be next. One word: magnificent. Mick’s falsetto voice and the whole atmosphere in the room made this song very special. Definitely one of the top 10 live songs ever heard from the boys. Beautiful solo, great great performance by Mick and the impression of being in a small theatre with talented musicians playing for us. What more to ask? What about Gimme Shelter? Another solid version, great number by Lisa. Keith gave this slow yet powerful, almost out of time riff, that makes this song one of Let It Bleed’s greatest. Wait a minute, Let It Bleed? Yup, it’s time for Midnight Rambler. Flawless. Rhythmic session precise as a sharp and powerful like a bulldozer. Changes of pace. Great solos and great complicity between Keith and Ronnie. Mick is all over the place. Running. Shouting. Muttering. Flirting with the audience. Shoving the microphone in his pants. Balancing his butt. THE rock star.
Then, the classic Keith’s interlude. Cute version of This Place is Empty, definitely a good ballad and a very approximate version of Happy. Keith starts with the wrong lyrics. Repeats them and never quite got on track with the right couplets. Who cares, as long as he’s Happy right?
Mick comes back with a bang and the unique Radio City’s B stage. At that point, I felt like there were just in front of me. Amazing. Great version of You Got Me Rocking with a real cool half-acoustic, half-electric riff by Keith and a sweet soloby Ronnie. Yup, you read me right, Ronnie was tight yesterday night. Some missed notes, but just a few and overall a great performance.
Acoustic guitar comes up. I think Angie, it will be As Tears Go By. Great choice. The mood is very melancolic, very intimate with Mick singing like a 20-year old and Keith playing like an old Bluesman. A very unique moment. Then, another gem from the 1960’s with Get Off of My Cloud. Much better version that MSG 2 months before, with a tight rythmic session. I just realize _again_ the depth of the Stones’ song repertoire, ranging tonight from 1966 to 2005. At that point, it’s warhorses time. We know what to expect, no more surprises. Excellent Sympathy for the Devil, with Radio City flashing with deep, red satanic lights. One of my most memorable Stones’ experience comes next, when Mick and Keith, each at an opposite side of the stage, start walking up the stairs, up, up and up, to get as close as they can to the balcony. Amazing moment (see the pictures) with His Majesty Keith the Riff, in full light. At that moment, Radio City is like a mix of the Phantom of the Paradise and a Stones’ show. Mick wants to throw himself in the crowd (“the most well behaved we’ve ever had”) and Keith likes it up there. Radio City starts to shake.
Then come, Honky Tonk Women (excellent), Start Me Up, Brown Sugar and encores of You Can’t Always Get What You want and Satisfaction. Confetti explosion (see picture) and a mix of excitement and melancholy. Having seen such a memorable show, already over. 2 hours is just too short. You Can’t Always Get….? Ending the set with titles about frustration? I told you, a bunch of liar. With the Stones, never a hint of not getting what you want. It’s only Rock n’ Roll. You know the end. See you in the Fall with a new setlist?

Re: My review Radio City Hall
Posted by: Baboon Bro ()
Date: March 15, 2006 15:07

Groovy, in deed grinning smiley Thank ya!

Re: My review Radio City Hall
Posted by: Anonymous User ()
Date: March 15, 2006 15:12

Great review, micwer, thanks for sharing these great impressions. Oh how wish I could have been there....can't wait for the European leg!

Re: My review Radio City Hall
Posted by: farawayeyes2 ()
Date: March 15, 2006 15:23

oh i wish i could have been there too. The Stones at Radio City Music Hall: kind of a dream! I was there last year and theater is absolutely fantastic. So keith forgot the lyrics on Happy! He sang that a million times! Good old keith...

Re: My review Radio City Hall
Posted by: tat2you ()
Date: March 15, 2006 15:28

and all you could was very good....i like it....maybe a bit louder??

Re: My review Radio City Hall
Posted by: gut ()
Date: March 15, 2006 17:53

Good review, Micewer, but throw in a few paragraphs next time to make it easier to read.

#......Go ahead....Bite the Big Apple....Don't mind the Maggots.....Uh Huh...#

Re: My review Radio City Hall
Posted by: Elmo Lewis ()
Date: March 15, 2006 17:59

Glad to read a positive review, instead of griping about the little things that weren't perfect. It's became our national (American) hobby, hasn't it? Well, maybe second to cheating on income tax!smiling smiley

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2006-03-15 17:59 by Elmo Lewis.

Re: My review Radio City Hall
Posted by: T&A ()
Date: March 15, 2006 18:00

when did Ronnie start doing the solo on ONNYA?

Re: My review Radio City Hall
Posted by: chevysales ()
Date: March 15, 2006 18:02

great write up smiling smiley

Re: My review Radio City Hall
Posted by: micwer ()
Date: March 15, 2006 22:49

gut Wrote:
> Good review, Micewer, but throw in a few
> paragraphs next time to make it easier to read.
> #......Go ahead....Bite the Big Apple....Don't
> mind the Maggots.....Uh Huh...#

Sorry but after a night spent at the office after the concert, drafting legl agreements, I was a little lazy...

Re: My review Radio City Hall
Posted by: gut ()
Date: March 15, 2006 23:35

Geez, you went to work AFTER a ought to be dead in your tracks from exhaustion.

#......Go ahead....Bite the Big Apple....Don't mind the Maggots.....Uh Huh...#

Re: My review Radio City Hall
Posted by: micwer ()
Date: March 16, 2006 01:02

gut Wrote:
> Geez, you went to work AFTER a ought
> to be dead in your tracks from exhaustion.
> #......Go ahead....Bite the Big Apple....Don't
> mind the Maggots.....Uh Huh...#

Yup, 2 sleepless nights in a row. The concert was a fantastic interlude.

Re: My review Radio City Hall
Posted by: adamdean ()
Date: March 16, 2006 01:29

I am not writing my own review because this review says it all!! It was an incredible experience and worth every @#$%&' penny invested to have been there to see this show! Thanks to the Robin Hood Foundation and everyone who made this concert possible, truely "One For The Ages" !

Review by Cardiff Giant

To see the Rolling Stones on the marquee of Radio City Music amazing sight. I walked the outside of the hall late in the afternoon and came upon the band entrance. Heavy security and just a handful of fans hoping for a glimpse of the Stones arrival. One by one, everyone pulled up to the side doors. Quick waves from each bandmember and then inside for soundcheck. I snapped a few photos and got out of the brisk winds to head down to Walter's near MSG for the pre-party.
Arriving back for the show with my buddy, we went inside..I was the only person pulled aside for a metal detector wanding....But I still got my camera in !!! My first event at Radio City....what a beautiful venue. The lobbies were packed, the open bar was a hit. We made our way up to the 3rd mezzanine for our seats dead center in the 5th row....great view....and very unique...being up above in the center...but still very close (relatively) to the stage. It allowed you to watch the band work...especially Charlie. A very roomy front stage extension out into the crowd....Would we have a b-stage set???...hmmmm.

B-52's did a very solid job. I was happy to see them perform....Roam was great. And of course, Love Shack and Rock Lobster. Before the Stones hit the stage, Robin Hood's chairman took the stage along with board member Harvey Weinstein to thank everyone for coming to the show.

Finally, the lights dimmed and, as I expected, the Stones massive video screen appeared on the back of the stage....the cosmic opening video and we blast into Jumping Jack Flash. Keith immediately strides right up to the front edge of the stage extension...A poweful opening. You could feel how special this night was. Sound was great...loud, clear with lots of guitars... It's Only Rock 'n Roll was again...loud, solid and high energy. The band was on point right from the get-go.

Mick introduced a song about New York....Shattered !!!! ...and they nailed it musically. Mick shortened up the verses...but Ronnie, Keith and especially Charlie and Darryl were ripping up the song....but it wasn't sloppy. A great tight rocker. Ronnie was on tonight. Oh No Not You Again--- tight and hot...similar to Fort Lauderdale the other night, but not as perfect....but still....a great version. Keith just lives inside this song and creates new riffs. Tumblin Dice...A heavy dose of high energy... the horns were soaring, Keith used the room...literally...He went stage left and just leaned on the wall as he played. An intimate venue for sure....It's officially a theatre show when you have a wall to lean against!!!!

And then...I got something I hoped for, but figured might be a longshot. Keyboard brought to the front of the stage.... Could it be????.... My first time....Worried About You !!! Oh how sweet! Mick takes a seat... and proceeds to hit us with the falsetto magic. And to have this song at this show....WOW!!!! Bay-beeeee! They hit a home run. And Mick went super low for "why you do that baby?" Ronnie's solo was slow, and measured and that made it work. Patience and feel. Way to go Ronnie. And the song just built and built...and built.... Just awesome. Mick was on fine form. What a performance.

And to go into Gimme Shelter, outta that?.....oh my. powerful playing all around. Lisa at the center with Keith...that playful flirting always something to see, just before Lisa belts the solo that makes the crowd erupt. And once again, Mick just gives it his all. He runs past a big deal, he turns it into a little scat ad-lib and he and Lisa just go from there.

Now, with Shelter barely finished...I hear the low blues notes...and we're ready for Midnght Rambler?....are you joking? This show is now officially perfect in my book. I check my watch....this goes 11 minutes. I have now developed on this tour, an involuntary reaction....when those little notes start and Mick hits his first harp drag....I start yelling....I go crazy. Rambler kicks ass, any time, every time...period. Keith hit some fast licks in the middle that were totally on feel... Mick played harp and threw in plenty of "don't do thats" as he barely took his mouth off the harmonica. The long jam brought Mick's duck walk out...all across the front of the stage.... The crowd participation was great. 'Radio City say oww"... oww..... "Say oww.oww.oww...owww.owww...owww....oww-wwwwww"...and Charlie proceeds to blast the snare in Mick's vocal rhythm. snap-snap-snap-snap -snap-snap-snappppp...And when the "hit and run" lines came...Charlie broke his usual character of smooth, swinging stickman, and looked like a robot as he crashed his array of cymbals. Stiff armed swings and turns of his head and shoulders...One of the coolest things I've ever watched from C. Watts !!!! Rambler is always a huge highlight with me, like you can't already tell. !!!!

Band intros....and we get Keith front and center. "Hey New York City....back again. Nice room ya got here!!! " ...This Place is Empty was full of soul. The visual of Keith alone, up front...always gets me. Happy was ripping. Keith jumped around early on some lyrics...but who cares. The house was jamming on this one. He was the human riff. An arm flick to the right and a kick with the left leg..Go on Keith!! He ended the song all the way at the front extension...on his knees. And then headed to the back with that spinning, skipping bounce that just makes you smile.

Sure enough, we're getting a b-stage....Radio City-style. Charlie's drum kit slides forward and the band is playing the middle of the orchestra level. The screen is turned off...and the big curtains are lowered in the background. Here we go. You Got Me Rocking was nasty, Keith just didn't want to stop. No Chuck Leavell up front...he played keys from the main area. A bar band is rocking this joint.

Then the stool comes out for Keith....oh yeah, this is special. What song would it be??? ..Several possibilities. And we get... As Tears Go By. Amazing song to play on the b-stage. Smart too. The older crowd in the expensive seats can get into it. Mick's much feeling. Charlie swings..and that has made this song so great on the tour. Keith and Ronnie on acoustic. This show continues to cement itself as an all-time classic. ...Another oldie....yeah, why not....Get Off of My Cloud !!!! Sure, we've been hearing it for many shows....but it's in this environment, in this setlist, that makes it so special. A perfect capper on the b-stage. The crowd went nuts for it. Those "seniors" down front couldn't help but dance and shout with the Stones.

Sympathy on the main stage...and the video screen fills with red and black. Crowd is fired up. Keith with big, blaring notes. And as the jam builds, Mick and Keith start "the Climb".... two stairwells on either wing of the theatre, leading up towards the mezzanines. Mick goes up one...Keith up the other....and Keith keeps going....and going...and going... and stays there for a good while !!!! This is just too much. I was soaking in this kinda stuff all night. A stuffy boring show for charity??....yeah, right! How 'bout a night for the ages. It ain't just setlists and solos...It's the whole package. And this proves it. Once Mick and Keith were back at "sea level"...the song exploded. Mick rushed the front edge so fast and with so much aggression He was pouring himself to the crowd...and I can't believe how so many in the front were not going crazy...I think many of the VIPs in the big money seats were in plain shock and amazement at the performances they were getting. The Stones had kicked it into ultra-overdrive. Get out of our way....we're here to kick some ass.

Honky Tonk continued the bash. Keith getting into it. The crowd loving it. "divorcee in New York City" get big cheers. Tennis great John McEnroe shown on the screen jamming out.

Start Me Up featured plenty of energy..It's so much better as a stretch run selection in the setlist. Ronnie was, again, solid on the solo. Brown Sugar capped off the main set with Bobby Keys' signature sax blast and plenty of rock and groove.

The encore brought the house up even higher...You Can't Always Get What You Want was connection for, crowd...the whole place. Ronnie nailed his solo...again. Mick's singalong was full of soul and rhythm "You Can't always get what you want!! ....yeah, yeah....yeaaahhh! ... you can't always get"....etc.. Mick did a lot of hand slapping in the front row. No barricade. Two fans held on to Mick for a long time...I'm sure he was freaked a bit, while trying to keep the song going.

Satisfaction had Keith enticing the crowd before cranking out that famous open. Mick worked the whole stage. Ronnie went to these three kids in the front, and was motioning them to strum his guitar as he crouched near them....They didn't understand and just slapped his hand. Oh well. Keith was all smiles. The song was so exuberant.... ending a great US tour. The confetti blast covered the whole front stage extenstion and even rained down on Mick and Ronnie. What a visual spectacle. Mick just stood there in control, his final pose, as the confetti hung over him. Charlie handed one stick to Ronnie who hand delivered it to one of the kids up front. Ronnie then flicked numerous picks into the crowd and blew kisses. The final bow, and Mick and Keith were the last to leave, on either side of the stage. Keith went to the front and hand delivered picks to two lucky fans, before walking out the back.

An amazing'd be hard pressed to see a better 19 song set. Some gems...Some great combos...(Worried, Shelter and Rambler...all in a row.) A b-stage that was so perfect. Not to mention Shattered and all the rest. And that climb by Mick and Keith. So many great memories at Radio City. Sound was fantastic, musicianship was top notch...Energy of the crowd was much higher than I expected. I think only the Stones could do that in a benefit show of this type. And our little gifts are great...event t-shirt, poster and Robin Hood program. Just a perfect night and a perfect conclusion to this part of the tour.

Re: My review Radio City Hall
Posted by: angee ()
Date: March 16, 2006 05:16

Micwer, very good, accurate review! What a show.

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