It's Only Rock'n Roll
Start time : 9:10 End time : 11:30
The Stones came out with a suprise and went into Start Me Up. The Stones and the crowd never really stopped the rest of the night. The next four numbers all sounded great. Then the Stones went into a Beggars Banquet set by starting out with the gem No Expectations. I was hoping for Jigsaw Puzzle during the set but that did not happen. During Stray Cat Blues, Jagger changed the age of the girl to 19 years old and the song featured a great solo by Daryl Jones. Street Fighting Man and Sympathy for the Devil were excellent.
During the introductions, when Charlie was introduced, he mimicked Ronnie by putting his arms in the air over his head. The crowd loved it.
For those of you who are big fans of the white coat and hat, Mick wore the outfit during Love Train. A bit of a puzzled audience, but a great version of the song. Then they played You Got Me Rocking on the main stage. What a great live song. The highlight of the night was next with Can't You Hear Me Knocking. Blows us away every time.
Mick screamed Ow during Midnight Rambler with Charlie responding reminiscent of the early 70's live versions of the song. The Stones were at the top of their game tonight and they knew it. Mick took a victory lap to the center stage during Jumping Jack Flash. Thanks for another great show boys.
Instead of re-hashing the set list, I just thought that I would point out a few highlights. Don't Stop is definitely picking up steam, as more and more people are groovin and singing a long with Mick, while an old favorite, Stray Cat Blues, sounded as if the the band was going to bring the house down with their raw emotion, and sheer desire to prove that they are clearly at the top of their game. Of course you had the general crowd pleasers, but even those had an excitement that made it feel like you were hearing them for the first time live!
As usual the whole band looked great; Charlie smiling more and more on this tour, Ron with his usual hilarious stage antics (he flipped Keith off right in the middle of Start Me Up!!), Keith being Keith and sounding great on vocals, all while Mick, displayed some new stealthy moves and got the ladies excited as usual!
Keep on rollin' boys! You are rock n' roll!
The album highlighted tonight was Beggars Banquet, and it was good to finally hear live versions of No Expectations and Stray Cat Blues. Other highlights included Keith's Before They Make Me Run and, of course, Can't You Hear Me Knockin'. As others have mentioned, Ronnie's playing was inspired and Mick's mouth harp work was much appreciated.
Unfortunately, from where we were sitting, the sound from the B-stage was muffled and low. The Stones sounded like they were playing in the bottom of a barrel. The fans in the upper tier were clearly out of the show during these three songs. However, those folks on the floor and lower level were getting better sound. Someone tossed a pair of panties onto the B-stage which Ronnie dutifully pulled on.
After returning to the main stage, the confetti cannons blared and the Stones finished up the show with a good Midnight Rambler (I'm glad to see that Mick has retired the beating the stage act) and a blazing Jumpin' Jack Flash. We all left with smiles on our faces.
The big showpieces, Can't You Hear Me Knockin' and Midnight Rambler, both worked extremely well, partly because the sound finally allowed the guitar playing to break through. I wish the bass had been a little louder as well because Jones is interesting to listen to. He plays a little out front of what Wyman used to play. The drums were very audible and Charlie was great as usual. Keith sang his songs well, too, hitting some higher notes than I'm accustomed to hearing. Before They Make me Run needs to a B-stage number, though. The current arrangement's a bit overblown.
The arena was sold out and their were many people outside that wanted to get in but couldnt. White Stripes took the stage around 7:50 and it was the worst thing my ears have ever heard. They are not too great. I appreciate almost all music but i think I was just anxious for the Stones to take the stage.
The lights went out at about 9:15 and expecting at any moment for Keith to break out Street Fighting Man, they came out to Start Me Up. I knew the show was going to be extra sploogy then. I was sitting right behind the B-stage and many fans were getting very crazy. I am only 16 years old and i was dancing next to 60 year old women. It was a little wild. They then went into IORR and then to one of the highlights of the night, If You Cant Rock Me. This song was very sweet and done with so much energy. I went wild. Dont Stop is such a great song live. So much better than on the cd. This was when i finally relized i was actually at the show. It took it a while to actually sink in.
Charlie was really on tonight. His timing and his style are unreal. Keith and was defintely having a good time tonight. But hey, when dosent Keith rock, you know. Ronnie was good as ever. Mick had the crowd at his fingertips. Back to the show now.
Rocks Off was one of the best songs I have ever heard live. I had always loved the song but have never heard it live. They then went into a Beggars Banquet set and i almost cried when they did No Expectations with Keith and Mick on acoustic. This was one of the best songs of the night. Raw version of stray cat and then Sympathy and Street Fighing Man. What and incredible combination. Street Fighting Man kicked ass.
One of my favorite moments of the night was when Keith took the stage and said something. I was loosing it. Keith is by far the coolest human being alive. He did Slipping Away and then went into Before they Make Me Run. Such a great song live. Probably my favorite song of the night since im a huge keith fan.
The only dissapointment of the night was Love Train which went over well but i just dont like that song. A lot of the older folks did though. You Got Me Rocking was good and hell, words cant really explain Cant You Here Me Knockin. Amazing song. Then it was on to Honky Tonk and Satisfaction which are always good to here. I dont care who you are and wether your a die hard stones fan or not, you sing those songs as loud as you can every time you here them. Im sick of people saying how ald they are. But anyway, they did the b set right in front of my face. I was about 5 feet away from the Boys and made eye contact with each and every one of em. What an amazing feeling that is. Mannish Boy was a highlight for me. Keith then threw his pick right by where i was but i couldnt get it.
They then polished this asskicker off with Midnight Rambler and JJF. God i love midnight rambler. This was a better version then i have ever heard on any bootleg or at any venue.
Well i guess i could be the biggest young stones fan in the world. Sometimes i just wish i was born back then so i could have followed the stones forever. I still might though. You never know with the boys. Rolling Stones are just simply the Greatest rock Band in this world. Hands down. NO ONE CAN COMPETE!!!!!
The stripped down stage, with none of the blow-up dolls and extravagant stage sets of years past, showcased the Stones perfectly, as it allowed the four giant screens to capture the excitement of the boys in action. This really was a nice experience, as we were invited to attend the Stones fan club gathering at the bistro located in the arena area. I boasted that I had seen them two times before this concert, only to meet people who had seen their concerts thirteen or more times. I met one guy who had photographed them in concert in Amsterdam and two who had websites (stickyfingersjournal and stonesdoug). We heard them rehearsing No Expectations as we sipped our beer. What an experience. They should perform on tour until they drop, and I cannot imagine Keith having it any other way. People who say they are too old to perform are stereotyping rock stars whom some insist must be teenagers with pimples. What a load of crap.
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