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The Rolling Stones
Turner Field
Atlanta, GA, USA
Saturday Oct. 26, 2002

The set list

  1. Brown Sugar
  2. It's Only Rock'n Roll
  3. Start Me Up
  4. Don't Stop
  5. Tumbling Dice
  6. Monkey Man
  7. Angie
  8. You Can't Always Get What You Want
  9. Can't You Hear Me Knocking
  10. I Can't Turn You Loose
  11. Slipping Away
  12. Happy
  13. Sympathy For The Devil
  14. When the Whip Comes Down (B-stage)
  15. Little Red Rooster (B-stage)
  16. You Got Me Rocking (B-stage)
  17. Gimme Shelter
  18. Honkey Tonk Women
  19. Street Fighting Man
  20. Jumping Jack Flash
  21. Midnight Rambler (encore)
  22. Satisfaction (encore)

Review by Nathan

On Saturday night I attended my third stones show. I saw them once on the Voodoo Lounge and No Security tours in the past. I was very excited to see them in my home town again and I had lower level seats.

I was seated off to the left of the stage in between the main and B-stages. These were very good however I would suggest a center stage seat to anyone going to a stadium show. The sound overall was pretty good but the mix was a little off in a couple of songs. No Doubt was a great opener and the crowd was very receptive. One of the great things about a Stones show is the diversity of age in the crowd. Every age was well represented at this particular show. Now to the songs.......

The first 3 staples were as always very solid. Don't Stop was nice and Tumbling Dice is always great however I wish they would turn Keith up for that one (and many others!). Monkey Man is so great and wonderful to hear. This was the first of several "Let It Bleed" selections. The acoustic mix was off for Angie but Mick's vocals ended up being great. He held off the high parts early but by the end of the song he was singing the "high" original melody line (Goats Head), fantastic!

YCAGWYW was very good. CYHMK is a hard song to pull off live. Keith needs to be turned way up for this one. The second part of the song was much better than the first part. Yes Ronnie is playing great on this one but I would like to hear more polish on the first half, which is Keith and Charlie driven. Mick gave to respect to a fellow Georgia boy Otis Redding before doing Can't Turn you Loose, horns very prevalent. Slipping Away was so heartfelt and emotional. Happy is happy, next......

The staples toward the end were as expected with a few standouts. After the B-stage show (song selection poor here except a great LRR) Gimmie Shelter was so rocking! It sounded better than I have ever heard. The absolute highlight of the show for me was Midnight Rambler. Amazing! Lots of improv from Mick and a very long version. This was worth the ticket price alone. (unless you had the $300 seats!)

Notes: Great show overall. Very good setlist. Good sound. Turn Keith up! (probably due to my seat location) This was a 22 song set which was great and a little over 2 hours. I am attending an arena show in Nashville in a month and am looking forward to a different set list. If anyone knows who the opening act for that show is please post it.


Review by Denny Zartman

A Saturday night with the Rolling Stones in Atlanta, Georgia. Luckily, there was none of the predicted rain, and Mick remarked "It looks like it's not gonna be a rainy night in Georgia!" But the Stones rained rock and roll on the crowd at Turner Field, and they loved it. It was quite a show.

First of all, I bought my tickets late, (my industry connections failed me for this tour) and ended buying the hundred dollar seats way up in the upper level. I had been kicking myself prior to the show about not getting better tickets, and worrying that the sound would be terrible in the upper levels. I have read a lot of the reviews on this site about how the sound has suffered in the cheap seats.

I shouldn't have worried. The sound was great! I'm the kinda guy who always has to have the TV turned up louder when I'm out with friends, and I thought that I might be suffering a slight hearing loss from all my years of rockin', but the sound at this Stones show was crisp, clean, and ear-blisteringly loud!

And even though the band is reduced to little specks on the stage, the big screens were handled masterfully. Plus, the Stones are very distinctive, even without the big screens, you can find and recognize Mick and Keith and Ron.

No Doubt opened the show about 7:45, and it was quite refreshing for the first time since Living Colour to hear a Stones opener that I could actually want to sit through. Remember Bryan Adams and the Counting Crows? Yeesh. I envy those Stones fans that got to see the likes of Tina Turner. But this year they picked their opening acts very well. I would have been happy with any of the openers theyve had so far this year.

The set is relatively simple, with a picture of different images mixed together; a section of a stretched pink bra, a pair of slightly parted red lips, a cartoon eye, wire mesh, etc. you know, all those things that represent rock and roll.

Great items on sale. Cool tee shirts and posters and more. One of the coolest items was a little tongue pin that flashed red and blue light. It made the crowd look really great, little sparkles of red and blue twinkling in the audience.

As for the set list, I prefer to hear the rarely done songs over the big hits, and this show was a little hit heavier than I would have liked.

The Stones came out at 9:36, opening with "Brown Sugar" I noticed that Mick's voice sounded tight, not hoarse at all. I guess the rest over the last 2 days worked out well for him, because he sounded like a kid on this opening song. The crowd loved it, but not as much into the "yeah, yeah, yeah, WHOOO!" part as I remember from past tours. But I was sitting much farther back for this show, and the crowd might still be a little stunned that the Rolling Stones were actually taking the stage.

"IORR" was next, and the crowd ate it up. The Stones made a mistake, though. Mick kept singing the verse over the chorus part, but the band slogged on. Mick looked a little irritated, since he had to keep singing over the wrong part, and Keith just stood still and cast his eyes down to his picking hand like he was thinking, "It's not my fault." But the Stones kept going, and I'm sure many audience members didnt even notice, and those that did probably didn't care.

On "Start Me Up," the big screens started to move in from the sides of the backdrop. At first, each of the 4 separate skinny screens featured each Stone. Then throughout the show, they would move, sometimes merging into two screens, or one big screen. It was a technical achievement, very inventive, but it didn't call too much attention to itself. But when the screens first come out, it's like the Stones are taking the stage all over again, and there was a huge response from the crowd.

The screens merged into one big screen, and they played the number four set list standard "Don't Stop." I don't think it sounds that different than the CD version, but the insistent beat sounds great live, and the audience seemed to really like it, which is unusual for new material sometimes, and especially for this particular song, which underwhelmed me the first time I heard it. Why don't they play "Stealing My Heart?"

"Tumbling Dice" was next with a good groove, and Mick ending the song by singing falsetto. It was followed by an excellent version of "Monkey Man" with very cool video effects on the big screen, a green image next to a reflected blue image.

"Angie" was next, which meant a break for me, because I'm not a big fan of this particular song. The crowd loved it, though. Time to slow dance with your sweetie. The big screens separated into four, and showed a slow shower of sparks falling down, making the stage look very nice.

"You Can't Always Get What You Want" was next, and made the crowd sing along. The band made another mistake, but again they covered it and recovered well. The audience loved the song, and Charlie was especially good, hitting the drums hard and loud.

Now for "Can't You Hear Me Knocking'" One of two I was especially pumped to hear. Mick gave a brief intro, saying "We haven't played this one in Atlanta" and the band jumped right into it, maybe still stinging from their mistake in the previous song. Mick did great on harp, Ronnie had an awesome solo, and Bobby worked his magic, though I think he lost his breath for a moment during his sax solo. He's a pro, so it didn't sound bad at all.

"Can't Turn You Loose" confused the crowd, who sat it out. I loved it, because it's one of my favorite songs. It's a real showband song, though; and even though the Stones are showy and have a horn section, they're not really a showband, and this song needs really tight horns and a good transition from the loud to quiet rhythm. I thought the horns were a little sloppy and there was no real focus on the changes. So, this song should have had the audience up and dancing, because it's a high-energy number, but they didnt respond that night. That's okay with me. Even though it wasn't the greatest version of "Can't Turn You Loose", I'm still impressed and grateful that they're even playing such an obscure tune.

Mick introduced the band, who all got a warm reception, including a double round of applause for Charlie. From what I remember in past tours, after Mick introduced Keith, Keith would introduce Mick. That didn't happen in this show. While I'm sure that most people in the audience didn't leave the stadium wondering who the lead singer was, it kinda cheated Mick from getting a little individual audience appreciation.

The crowd took a noticeable bathroom break during "Slipping Away" but Keith did a great job, and the song sounded beautiful and strong. He followed it by saying that "things have been a little rough lately" but he had a cure, and it was "Happy." I don't know if the crowd grooved with it as much as they should have, but I have to say, Keith looked and sounded great, playing and singing with precision, and seems to have lost his annoying habit of turning away too much from the microphone as he sings. And the sound mix was top notch; the vocals right out there on top, the guitar solo crisp and clean. I was blown away by the sound all evening, but it actually got better during "Happy." Bravo to the sound board guys!!!

Mick returned with "Sympathy For The Devil" and the crowd began reacting as soon as they heard that distinct rhythm.

They took a walk to the B Stage next, and for someone like me in the back, it was like my seats suddenly got 50 rows better. Now the Stones are stripped down to the basics, and they get a chance to prove that they really are the world's greatest rock and roll band. I had heard many reports that the sound drastically changes when they move to the B stage, but I am happy to report that wasn't the case here. The sound was just as fine as it was from the main stage, and there's nothing "acoustic" about this set. A furious "When The Whip Comes Down" rocked my world, "Little Red Rooster" filled the stadium with real blues, and "You Got Me Rocking'" was loud and insistent. I'm glad this relatively new song has proven to be so durable. It's got some of the best lyrics! "I was a boxer, who can't get in the ring!"

They went back to the main stage to close out the show with a mostly predictable list of hits. "Gimmie Shelter" was the first song, and I was disappointed that it wasn't as different as I had heard it was going to be. Lisa's vocal solo sounded the same. But that's really not a bad thing. The song is a true classic, maybe the Stones best. I was just hoping it would be more of a reworking than it turned out to be.

"Honky Tonk Women" is another big hit that I could do without. Don't get me wrong, it's a great song, but I've heard it live too many times. Tonight was a little different, because it sounded like they were playing it carefully instead of just barreling right through it. It seemed there was more interplay between the drums and guitars, as if Charlie and Keith were really giving and taking and everyone listening closely to each other, rather than Charlie just following Keith. It made for a very interesting subtle difference, and the musicianship really came out, (on a song that they could probably play in their sleep.) Yes, there was a naughty naked cartoon lady piercing a giant tongue and then riding it like a horse, but it wasn't as shocking as the mammy clips from Voodoo Lounge or the giant masturbating woman balloon from Steel Wheels.

Darryl and Keith were facing off, playing directly to each other during "Street Fighting Man" and "Jumping Jack Flash" was long and jammy.

The encore "Midnight Rambler" was a highlight, and a great song to put near the end of the show, with the cool tempo changes. What an incredible song, and the Stones seemed to be really having a lot of fun with this one. Mick clapping in double time, and later Mick, Keith, and Ron all lined up in a row. Then one would walk forward, and the others would follow, then another would step backwards, and one would follow him or move forward, like they were teasing each other. I don't know if this is a bit that they're doing each show, but it's great to watch them having fun and playing around on stage.

They close with "Satisfaction" and Mick is wearing a great tee shirt with a huge tongue logo on it, but it looks like the mouth has a fang. They shot off some fireworks at the end, and the crowd gave them a huge ovation.

Let's face it. The Rolling Stones could come out and give 50 to 75 percent less, and still please the audiences. The crowd is there to shout and whoop and party, and a string of radio hits delivered with half the energy would leave the audiences satisfied. But this band came out and rocked hard and confidently, and proved that they're not coasting on their not-insignificant past glories.

I first saw them in 1989, and they haven't lost a single iota of energy. In fact, they've actually gotten better! Ronnie is spinning around and having genuine fun. Charlie is really banging the skins hard, Keith looks, acts, and most importantly, sounds as strong as ever, and Mick - what can you say about Mick? He is doing things on stage that would be beyond the stamina of many people decades younger.

So, thank you to Blondie, Bobby, Chuck, Lisa, Bernard, Darryl, Ronnie, Charlie, Keith, and Mick - ladies and gentlemen - THE ROLLING STONES!!!


Review by Toby Nunnelley

start time 9:43 end time 11:58 ( according to the plastic watch , that my 12 yr old daughter was wearing)

my seventh showing, starting in 89

this show was as good as any show before if not better, the venue certainly was better as far as seating, my first time in a baseball stadium , the six prior times in football stadiums ( 2 legion field birmingham, 3 times georgia dome atlanta, 1 vanderbilt nashville). as i sat 12 in the upper level in the baseball stadium , directly above 3rd base i felt like i had excellent seats i had took my binocolars dreaming it being hard to see but i found myself not using them for most of the show although the b stage was impossible to see for the lighting tower i thought the baseball stadium was much better

i had took my 12 yr old daughter with me , who has needless to say has grew up with a healthy dose of the stones i had attended my first stones show with my father in 89, so thats 3 genrations of stones fans all enjoying the show as much as the other as a matter of fact the couple sitting next to me was married the day i was born i will be 38 next month so 3 genretions sitting side by side all singing along

the weather was perfect the night was perfect , no doubt put on a really good show my daughter loved them . and i found myself really enjoying there show myself as they had more than enuff hits to fill there 50 min show (kind of ironic one of the crowd pleasing tunes that i had never heard before last night my child has on the fm dial this morning)

the stones hit stage and as always was tremendous , they looked just as good, and sounded and performed as well as ever. the show was everything you expected and more . and always filled with surprises more spectacular then the tour before

the animation scene played during honkytonk women with the girl riding the tounge i will carry to grave with me thats something you got to see

as they played their hits the crowd i enojyed every minute of it and from what i could tell everyone else in the crowd did too

i have tickets to see the nashville show next month it will be an arena show. a treat i am looking escpecially forward too hope to see you all there.


Review by Eric

Never saw a Stones show before. I was fortunate enough to be in the fourth row in front of Keith, so I have a fair amount of gossipy type stuff. I was very impressed by how hard Mick works. Constantly moving, doing huge gestures for the stadium crowd. Except for when he's offstage for Keith's two songs, he is ON and working hard. Near the end of the show Mick had to spit a few times and he was even professional about that, just cranks his head to the side super fast to hide it and then goes right back to singing.

From where I was sitting, the audience was not really into No Doubt except for a few folks that were clearly there just for them. I remember thinking, "poor Gwen" because she was really having a time getting the crowd up. Actually, maybe it's because it was open air and the sound dissipates, but even for the Stones, the level of excitement sound-wise did not seem to be anywhere near, say, Zeppelin in '77. More of a middle age vibe. Could be that I wear those musician's ear plugs now, though, too.

Was amazed at the level of adulation for the "stars." Have seen some other bands up similarly close, like say, Grateful Dead, Kansas, ELO, (ancient, aren't I) but there just isn't anything approaching the same level of star worship. When Mick or Keith come up to the edge of the stage, it seems like both women and men just about swoon. People go absolutely nuts.

Little bits I remember. Ron broke a string early in the set, must have been a one of the bass strings, as it was big enough that I could actually see it and he was still soloing okay for that song.

Chuck got a lot of attention for being a home town boy, Mick kind of dragged him out for some extra attention at introductions and he seemed a little embarrassed about it, it was kind of nice.

They did the Otis Redding song because of the Macon, Georgia connection. Mick calls it May-con, which sounds funny because we pronounce it May-cun.

There was a moment fairly late in the set when Keith dropped his pick, and it was kind of weird because Ron happened to see it and dashes over immediately with a pick, might have even been his own pick, but the move had this weird kind of dynamic like a little kid in an abusive household rushing over "too fast" to make sure Daddy is okay so Daddy won't get mad. Keith takes the pick and Ron spends some time being very giving and facing Keith so Keith can see his guitarwork and making sure Keith has got his place and rhythm, kind of mouthing stuff like "you okay? you got it?" Keith's vibe thru this whole thing seemed like he didn't really need or want any help, like he could just strum a bit with his fingers or something and he quickly went over to the mike stand where he had his own picks stashed and got a new one (getting rid of Ron's), and seemed to gesture like "see, I got plenty of picks right here."

Speaking of picks, the pick flinging into the audience increased towards the end. One sailed right over my head, but it was about 10 feet up. At one point I saw over on the other side Ron seemed to be trying to get one to someone in particular, and he kept trying. Kind of going "oh man that was close" and "okay, I'm trying again, heads up, I'm getting you one if it kills me."

Was hoping for Can't You Hear Me Knockin' and got it, but the sound was a little disappointing. The one thing I always loved about that song from the studio is the absolutely searing, blistering tone on Keith's guitar, and it just wasn't there.

As someone mentioned on one of the other shows, if you're up close, you feel the heat on the flames during Sympathy. What blew my mind about that is that I could feel the heat from flames that were about 80 feet above me! I thought they were going to be down low or something.

Midnight Rambler was a nice surprise, I was hoping for that and got it. Was also surprised that when Ron fills in for Keith on the main riff sometimes, he is playing it without the capo, which I guess gives him more flexibility to go anywhere on the guitar, but it's more of a pain to play that way. As a guitarist myself, I was a little disappointed overall that their technique wasn't a bit better, although I knew going in that Keith is more about feel than anything. They are definitely a party band. The support musicians seemed top notch, and Lisa really shines on Gimme Shelter.

The songs that are sticking in my head a day later are Don't Stop from early in the set and You Got Me Rockin' from the B-stage, which seemed like it was about a mile behind me. The sound seemed to be slightly better with the main stage behind me, or maybe something changes for the B-stage. On the walk to the B-stage there were a couple of young girls right up front, not super hotties, but cute enough, and young counts for something I guess, and Keith bent down and hugged them. They were absolutely estatic. Charlie was zipped up to his chin in his jacket for the walk back and touched no one. Ron is a little silly and goofy and has a lot of fun with it, again he strikes me like a kid. Also, the walk back to the B-stage seems to start the throwing of the bras, and they were tossing them up in the air and playing with them quite a bit on the B-stage. Coming back Keith had two bras stuffed in the top of his pants and some kind of red strip of cloth he kept on the rest of the show.

Haven't been to a concert in quite a while, lots of cigarette smoking and drunk people, both of which I am pretty much never around. One drunk guy who was next to me for about half the show, he might have well have not been there. Had his eyes closed half the time and I can't imagine he'll remember much. His friend had to kind of point him towards the stage at one point. I was amazed he could stand up. At least he didn't bother me. Other side of me was some guy using a disposable camera with flash. Again, didn't really bother me, but I can't imagine those photos are going to turn out.

Anyway, quite a spectacle!


Review by Diane Fioravanti

I was at the Atlanta show, my 6th show since the early 70's, counting 2 in Toronto in '72. They proved last night that they are by far the greatest rock and roll band in the world, still and forever. I saw the last 2 tours, Voodoo and Bridges, and they were excellent, but this one was by far the best I've seen. I would have liked to hear some more obscure tunes, I've always been a "B" side girl, and maybe something from their earlier work like Aftermath, and 12 by 5.. But by all means, I was never disappointed. If they made any mistakes I would never have known it, the sound was awesome. Turner Field was a great venue, and did not disappoint. Someone was watching us because the threat of rain was only that, and it was a perfect night. The only drawback was when the people from the floor were using our row as a trail to get to their seats, it was annoying, and then some were climbing over the short wall in front of us row to get to the floor. Many thanks to the employees who went above and beyond the call of duty to direct the hordes of fans from crushing us in that front row. I was so happy to be reliving the youthful crush I had (and still do) on Keith, the best guitarist EVER!


Review by Tom in NC

No Doubt started the show 30 minutes late at 8pm. They are a good band and Gwen S (vocalist)has a lot of energy. The crowd got into them very much and prepare the crowd for the main event. The Stones hit the stage at 9:37 and played until midnite. The show was long. The first three shows I have seen on this tour were 2 hours and few minutes. Highlights- Monkey Man, Mick nails 'Angie' and then SFTDevil with its stadium show effects. Everyone singing. Then a little Otis Redding- I can't turn You Loose'.

The small stage had a good setlist, 'When The Whip Comes Down' really rocked. As did, 'You Got Me Rocking'. There was a long, very long version of 'JJFlash'. Then the nites highlight, a tremendous version of 'Midnight Rambler', Micks antics, singing and harp shined!! Song really rocked. Then a good bye , electric version of the always exciting and satisfying 'ICGN Satisfaction'.

High Points- Stage show and screens are a big plus. Charlie's drumming especially on 'CYHMKnocking'. 'The playing of 'Midnight Rambler'. Low Points- the venue sucked for a concert, few seats were close to the stage. This is a baseball field. Sound was ok, not loud enough like DC or either of the FL shows. Micks voice was not high enough-couldnt hear him on 'SFMan'. He was constantly trying to work his mic's amp on his wasit for a perfect setting. Ronnie not mixed high enough.

The Stones always deliver, I only wish the seating was better, the sound louder and the mix correct. The Stones played hard and Mick was in good form. Chuck Leavell is from Georgia and he got a great welcome from the fans.


Third Generation Stones
by Bob Formont

October nights at Turner Field are usually reserved for the Atlanta Braves post season; however they finished up a little early this year and the Atlanta paper headlined tonights event: The Return of the Stones! Theres nothing quite like the Stones coming to your own town. Anticipation was high for this, my fourth show of this tour. A Saturday night is a perfect excuse to make it an all weekend event.

As your host, I called for friends to join us tailgating. Pretty good turnout from Florida, Tennessee, New Jersey, New York and a dozen or so others. My brother, seeing his first show, completes the circle dad, mom, sister, brother and myself have all seen the band. He also brought his teenage son Josh, which marks the third generation of my family to experience the Rolling Stones live! It took 40 years but we made it

Most honorable mentions to the McCormicks making their eighth show of the tour - third one this week; my dad for making the trip down from Jersey for his second show of the tour; Bill is here with his daughters, the youngest Sarah for her first show Charles & Laura, Dave & Diane, Gary & Leah (has big eyes), Tony Welcome!

I rarely mention the opening acts for the shows. Tonight little Miss Gwen Stefani took command of the stage, working up and down Micks runways. She worked hard and had the crowd on their feet early. This chic rocks. Nice set, nice abs.

The lights went down about 9:30, a little sooner than I expected. The usual searching blue lights on the stage. The band attacked the stage right from Brown Sugar. The crowd responded well and we were off to a rockin start. Sir Mick appears in a stylish gold jacket. IORR. Start Me Up was explosive tonight as the band took us higher.

Dont Stop is getting better all the time. Jagger fools with a Telecaster on this number. Chuck starts into Monkey Man immediately after. Sounding perfect, seemed a little short with the absence of Lisa Fisher tonight. Tumbling Dice always roll As the blinking red and blue tongues decorated every shirt in the stadium things come down just a notch as the boys break out the acoustic guitars for Angie Mick whispered parts of this song but could still be heard perfectly. The sound tonight is flawless not only from my seat but from everyone I talked too. Keeping the mood You Cant Always Get What You Want follows.

Lets jam. Cant You Hear Me Knockin! Hard driving song, the band sounds great driving this one out. Mick has managed to keep himself busy during the lyric-less part, playing outstanding harp and then maracas. Jagger pays respect to local artist, the late Otis Redding before the next number, Turn You Loose. First time I saw this one, went over well. Good fun. Keith gets his licks in, Happy to be anywhere and Slipping Away. More and more he is leaving the guitar behind to address the audience, however he did play these all the way through. He has a nervousness about him without his axe. Ronnie was excellent on the steel guitar.

The return of Jagger is in red, as is the stage, the fog and the flames that begin to burn above the stage. Foggy and haunting; the crowd contributes many, many boo, boo! Please allow me to introduce myself, he is a man of wealth and taste, Sympathy was phenomenal. The display of fire took everyone by surprise. Everyone discards their instruments to walk down the runway, shaking hands and high fiving all the way to the B stage, When the Whip Comes Down. Check it out, Check it out now, Jagger was jumping up and down, bouncing all over the B while on guitar during this fast paced song. The sound is even excellent on the B tonight. The band rules the show out here, with the crowd.

Little Red Rooster was true to its blues roots, more sensational harp. Swagger all over the B enticing the audience, feeding perfectly off each other. Debris (clothing) was coming at the band from every angle, Ronnie ended up with something draped over his shoulder that Jagger threw at him after catching it midstride, didnt miss a beat. Mick was throwing water, towels and clothing on the crowd, I was surprised at how much Mick was tossing back. You Got Me Rockin is just exactly that rockin, in your face Rolling Stones. The songs were so tight tonight, the band could not have been more on. After this Charlie threw his sticks to the audience! I gotta believe Atlanta made this a very fun show for the boys. The walk back to the main was actually a very smooth rolling intro to the next classic, Gimme Shelter. Lisa came out to play on this one, great vocals and good fun teasing her boss, Mr. Jagger. The Honky Tonk Women cartoon is still X-rated but shorter than before. More than a few people were embarrassed. Pretty humorous really, after all we are at a Stones show and one always expects the bad boys to remain true. Street Fighting Man featured Blondie on guitar. This band plays the soundtrack to our lives, and with Saturday mornings violence in Russia I had wondered how the show might fit into that soundtrack, this might have been it. Fighting in the streets. As you listen to the music, each one of us can reflect in our own way.

Not wasting anytime, Jack Flash takes over and is now running from one side of the stage to the other. Unparalleled energy. I am sick of the media talking about the age of this band The band momentarily leaves the stage as the lights go dim.

A surprising encore, the Stones nail Midnight Rambler. Perfectly. Jagger returns sporting a fanged logo on his chest, blowing harp. This sounds much like the early 70s. Great jam, good guitars, Jagger working the entire stadium, which by the way was pretty close to sold out. A fantastic crowd, standing all night long. Someone said even the ground was moving under them at this show.

The band has hit its stride, their best show I have seen this year. I try to talk about a little more than just Sir Mick in my reviews but quite simply Mick Jagger carried the entire show. Sundays front page accordingly printed Mick at the Ted as the headline. While he looks tired, he works so hard, from one end of the stage to the other, singing, strutting, waving his arms, pointing his fingers, raising us to the next level. I couldnt believe they came back with so much energy left to pull off Rambler as an encore! The biggest War Horse of them all, Satisfaction, concluded the Atlanta appearance for this tour. Followed by the usual spectacular fireworks display. What a great show.

Afterwards we all staggered back to camp in the parking lot. Everyone was raving about the show. In fact we were enjoying it so much, reviewing it, before we realized, the entire lot had cleared out! Perfect evening of Stones in Atlanta with many great friends and family Is anyone ready for Nashville?


Review by Marianne D., Pensacola, FL

What a night - almost 2-1/2 hours of Stones!!!!!!! I didn't think it was possible but they were absolutely the best I've ever seen them. Despite the prediction of rain it was a beautiful evening and not a drop of rain fell.

Either we got very lucky or the weathermen need to check their equipment. Being in the 10th row was a dream come true for me and when Mick danced over to my side of the stage or when Mick & Keith came over to our side together I can't even put into words what that was like for me. Mick looked absolutely great (his arms were so buff) and, as usual, had great clothes. He started out in a black glittery t-shirt, black pants and long gold coat - just gorgeous. I have never seen them so animated, smiling and having such a good time playing and I have never heard them sound so good or play so well. That includes the whole band with the backup singers & horn section. Turner Field was packed and the crowd was absolutely great. I'd say most were in their 30s & 40s, a few older and tons of young people who were definitely not there to see No Doubt (though they did a good job). There were some 14-16 year olds behind us that I talked to and they were thrilled with their "bad ass seats" and absolutely couldn't wait to see the Stones for the first time. The whole crowd was on their feet as soon as the lights went down and they stayed on their feet and sang every word.

They opened with "Brown Sugar" and it was the beginning of an unbelievable show. I couldn't believe the Jumbotron - between that and us being in the 10th row I was just in heaven. The screen was sometimes the usual rectangular shape that showed the whole band, but sometimes it split into 4 vertical screens and each one showed a different band member so you could watch each one on a 30 foot screen closeup-WOW! Ron Wood also had a 'guitar cam' which was a very different view. I absolutely loved Keith's two numbers - he's so sweet he kills me. He said "Blessings on you all" and then played "Slipping Away" and I got kinda misty eyed. Then he played my favorite Keith song - "Happy". He was great. Near the end he came over to our side of the stage and crouched down, touched his forehead and bowed to say Thank you and I was like "No - thank YOU". He was just great. And I couldn't believe what came after that. I have never heard "Sympathy for the Devil" live before and I just couldn't believe it. The Jumbotron went black and then showed the tongue logo in flames. Then the song started and Mick came out in a long red coat - the stage was bathed all in red and during the song these huge flames went off from the top of the screen - it was AWESOME! They were so hot and shot so high into the sky we could feel the heat - like standing in front of a huge fireplace - I became senseless at some point I'm sure - just unbelievable.

They did some unexpected stuff which I loved - including that Blues Brothers song "Can't Turn you Loose" which really showed off the horn section and was really fun. They did "Street Fighting Man" near the end (which was one I REALLY wanted to hear) and the encore was Midnight Rambler (totally unexpected and fantastic) and then, of course, "Satisfaction". Just an absolutely unbelievable show - I was sorry when the final fireworks went off from the top of the screen but it had to end sometime. I should come back down to earth sometime soon, I hope.


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