Re: Lausanne reports and comments
Date: August 13, 2007 17:04
Again another great performance in Switzerland!
Fun day. Woke up early but had to wait for a friend of mine, so I was able to cross the border only at 1 pm. A short stop for a bradwurst and beer in the fantastic scenario of the sempione pass (first time I crossed the pass in day time during the summer - it is a wonderful place).
Traveling by car in Switzerland is not as fast as it is in Italy, so we arrived in Lousanne quite late.
On the spot we realized that getting in would not have been too easy. The quotations from the scalpers were in the range of 250 francs, but people with extra tix sold them for much less. Problem was to find these people before the scalper did!
Well, hats off to these scalpers, they WERE hard competitors. Eventually, after a couple of hours hanging around the stadium with a sign scotched on the chest "NEED TICKETS", I gave up and negotiated a deal for 100 euros.
We got in the stadium that it was already 7 pm. Unfortunately it was too late to contact all the people I wanted to meet. I had my IORR shirt, but apparently I was the only one!
Luckily enough this time there was not a restricted FOS section, so we were able to get a good central spot at 15 m from stage. Could have been closer, but there was a group of beatuiful girls just next to us, so we decided to settle there.
Dandy Warols were, as largely expected, a big load of MTV crap. Absolutely forgettable.
The stones at last.
Thank god they never retire!
Truly a great show. I was truly impressed by the lack of the usual major f.ups ... when 3/4 of the bstage was over, I was starting to believe that this could have been the first time ever I see a perfect performance by Stones. Then came the intro of Honky Tonk women, with Charlie missing the beat, Keith re starting the song and kicking the opening lick when nobody was ready for it ... to put it short, HTW was a complete mess!
Now I recognized the band!
As always, Devil completely killed the momentum of the show. They either have to dump it or change completely the arrangement to something more exciting.
As everybody noted before me, the band played very well. Everybody was relaxed. Big smiles, and all. Special mentions to Ronnie, Silver was absolutely something else! Mick delivered a very physical performance. The great "slim" Lisa absolutely nailed Crazy. She was in a very groovy mood!
One of the best Ramblers I've seen. I like very much the slow section now, great groove from Darryl.
All in all, as I said, a great relaxed show. Not the wildest show I've seen, but indeed a very strong performance.
Again Bradwurst (or, better, saucisse here) and a few beers. All cell phones were either disconnected or not working, so I left without saluting to arrive in Milano at 4 in the morning.