It's Only Rock'n Roll
The Stones took the stage at 9:35 p.m. Here's the setlist:
End time 11:45
Comiskey Park was filled and ready to rock. The show started very strong, but the first real thrill was hearing Undercover. The thrill continued on with Angie. Both songs sounded excellent.
The audience sang along with You Can't Always Get What You Want. The Chicago crowd was very vocal. Monkey Man was a great follow-up here, although Lisa was not involved in the song as done previously. Mick sported the white hat and coat as the band played a great version of Love Train. That was a great song choice, especially at this time in history.
Keith did a great job with Slipping Away and Before They Make Me Run. Then into Sympathy for the Devil. The atmosphere with the smoke rising from the stage, the crowd participation, the music, it all kept drawing people in more and more, almost like being in a bar rather than among 40,000 people at a ball park.
Mick came out in a black hooded jacket for Midnight Rambler which added to the atmosphere of the song.
It's great to see different setlists for each show on this tour. The quality of the performance has not suffered. If anything, it has added a certain spontaneity that may have been lacking in some of the recent tours. We're looking forward to the next show.
BROWN SUGAR started us off and then START ME UP, (I love that song), really gets ya going. UNDERCOVER was played earlier in the set this time. Then ANGIE was played, (I had been hoping for this one again soon) it's such a lovely song, sad as it may be, but really a jewel and it should be done more.
MONKEY MAN, I really enjoy this tune, fun to watch Mick act this one out. LOVE TRAIN is growing on me. Keefs two songs were the same ones he did at the ORPHEUM and The GILLETTE, so I wonder if those are two that he'll do a lot together? I hope he pulls out some others on the tour. (We got BTMMR a lot on the NO SECURITY Tour). SLIPPING AWAY was awesome, Keith sure knows how to capture a mood.
LITTLE RED ROOSTER was a pleasant surprise on the B stage, so was LIKE A ROLLING STONE. I guess TUMBLIN' DICE is a permanent fix, for the Arena and Stadium shows, so far anyway.
JUMPIN' JACK FLASH rocked!
The night ended way too soon, with MIDNIGHT RAMBLER and (I Can't Get No) SATISFACTION for encores. Now, if only they'd add LOVE IS STRONG to the set. Mmmmmmmmmmmm? I hope the STONES do RUBY TUESDAY and MEMORY MOTEL too on tour!
Way to go, hats off to all the band and crew! Great job!
Note: The Pretenders are a really good band to open with, good choice.
The sound was the worst I've ever heard. The Pretenders sounded like a lot of thuds with an echo. Too bad, I'd have liked to have heard them, I'm sure they were very good down there. I figured the Stones would have a better sound. And they did. Slightly.
Maybe I'm asking for too much, or maybe it's just I've seen the Stone's too many times, but for a $90 plus ticket, to see the "Greatest Rock n Roll Band in the World", I'd have thought they'd have obtained the best sound system in the world.
The set list was not what I was wishing for either. Except for "Don't Stop" and "Love Train", I'd heard them do all the other songs before, and most of them way too often. By the way, I always hated "Love Train" and couldn't picture them doing it and had hoped that they'd have worked some magic with it. Nope. I found myself beginning to wonder what they rehearsed for since after 40 years they should have know these songs inside out. Yes, my favorite band has let me down by doing a show containing mostly hit singles. Sorry, but I thought their warhorse songs were done no differently live this time than in all the previous tours from 1978 onward. The only difference being the back up band supporting the "Mick and Keith Revue". It appeared to me that Keith is more interested in striking a pose than playing his guitar as they once again mangled so many of their hits. Mick should have spent the last two years working with the Stone's instead of his solo projects. Maybe then they'd have had an album with something new and different for me to listen to and Mick could have sold some records.
The stage was pretty plain and no frills. They should chuck that big stage and do the whole show on the little stage in the middle. Perhaps if they put the speakers there above them facing in all directions the sound would improve, too? No change this tour with the supporting musicians they have been using in every tour since Voodoo Lounge.
The whole show just looked and sounded like more of the same, but somehow less. It used to be there was some new material in a show. A couple cover tunes as well. Let's not forget the "Greatest Rock n Roll Band in the World", started it's career as being the "Greatest Cover Band.....". (Hum, I've all ready forgotten about "Love Train", doh!) A couple unused songs and then the classic 15 numbers that "Must be done to satisfy the fans". I suppose they're doing it right, they do make a lot of money at it. I can't always get what I want. I can't get no satisfaction from this show, and I tried. It is only rock n roll, but I like it, and I wanted something different.
However, they rocked the entire stadium (to a point). As I looked about, everyone, all the way to the top, was standing and into it. Perhaps they'd never heard those songs done live before? Well, come on folks, they have an enormous wealth of songs in their catalog but it seems they'd prefer to stick to the same old tunes for the stadiums. I suppose if it's working for everyone else but me, why not? What do I know? I'm just a fan that supports the band by buying albums and tickets. Or perhaps not buying them? Angie was very well done, as was Monkey Man. There was far too much rumble in the sound for me to comment on all the other tunes. I was heading for the door during the thrashing of Jumping Jack Flash sampling the sound from different points in the stadium. The flood of people coming from the stadium convinced me that the show must surely be over. Thousands were pouring out the doors like the place was on fire. Now I'm wondering just what kind of fans bought tickets? Or maybe they didn't like the sound and or performance either?
To sum up, if I had known the set list and sound quality prior, I'd have given away my ticket and spared myself the 500 mile drive. This is very depressing for me to say. I'm a long time fan with their entire catalog of music, video, and even stuff I'm not supposed to have. But that show was poor. I will never go to another Stone's stadium show ever again.
Hey Mick, Keith, Charlie, Ron, you can make it up to me by refunding my money or sending me tickets to one of your smaller venue shows!!! Do some different songs and I'll write you a good review!!! Hell, do the same songs, perhaps try working on doing them differently, (hint, try doing IORR or JJF like the original album versions, that would be a first, sounds like your sick of them too and that's why they're so rushed) and I'd be satisfied. Keith, didn't you say something about putting some more ammo in your belt for this tour.....? "You Got the Silver", use it. Send your sound man up to the top of the stadium during the show and maybe he can figure something out? And if your reading this, I'd have taken my wife and kids ages 5, 9, and 11 to the show if it didn't cost so much. I took my son and daughter, then aged 6 and 4 to a Bridges of Babylon show. They're big fans, too. A $500 minimum for a night out with the kids is too rich for us. Sorry if you think I've been to hard on you but I know you can do better.
I agree wholeheartedly with Mr. Hogan. After 28 shows, I cannot bring myself to another stadium show. This band needs to remember that they are musicians first and performers second. And this leads to me to my last rant. The problem that I see is that these are no longer concerts, but events: the fireworks, the confetti, the videos. Each tour seems to have less and less to do with the music and more with spectacle. I find this a real tragedy, since I know this band can still play like no other and has a catalogue like no other. There are those handful of songs at each show that are truly unequaled. I know you guys have to do some of these songs to keep everyone happy, but please don't end with 2 to 3 minutes of a three-chord progression played over and over and over, with a horn section doing the same. I'd like to hear some guitar playing. The Stones need a lead guitar, either turn up the volume on Ron Wood (and give him a chance) or get a new lead guitarist and make Keith stick to rhythm (which he does better than anyone).
For me it was really going to be a great night the Stones and my friends and the best part Stacy my girlfriend had never seen them!
We got to Comiskey about 7:20 and we were not sure of our seats (I bought them from the IORR message board) we hit the parking lot to buy our shirts and then into the show.
We bought our shirts and then went back to the car locked them in and on to the show. Our seats were in 329 and we were ready to go! Walking around the stadium we saw a Chicago event shirt not sold outside! Go figure!! The seats were great and we grabbed a couple of beers and off to the seats!
I do have to say I was so lucky to get our seats at face! God I tried for weeks to get the best I could and we hit the Jack Pot!
The Pretenders were good I bet if you were a fan, but I am not so on to the Stones!!
This was the 5th time I have seen the stones so I wanted some of the rare songs and I guess in away the did deliver. If you look over the set list you will notice songs not played on the last tour and so on.
Sure I could say I would rather of seen this instead of that and so on, but it was a great show. The only problem was the sound was shot on the small stage for neighbors and that was a shame, it did get better for little red rooster, and fixed by the last song.
All in all a great concert and for Stacy she was so happy when they played her favorite, Gimme Shelter!
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