Now that rs.com has updated their Virtual Ticket site, I watched the video of Gimme Shelter that they performed last fall. It's one of my favourite Stones songs, and one of two Songs That Can't Be Played Too Loud, but... is it just me, or is the original version with Merry Clayton so strong that no other version comes close? I used to think that I would love to hear it live... now I think it would just never be as good. Sometimes I think that Merry Clayton actually makes the song. (And is it true that she called Mick a "skinny little boy" at the recording session, and re-negotiated her fee after the first verse was recorded? If so ... you go, girl!)
Thoughts? Comments? Hoots of scorn and derision?