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The Rolling Stones
The Joint, Hard Rock Hotel
Las Vegas, NV, USA
Friday Nov. 29, 2002

The set list:

  1. Jumping Jack Flash
  2. Live With Me
  3. It's Only Rock'n Roll
  4. Don't Stop
  5. Worried About You
  6. Beast Of Burden
  7. All Down The Line
  8. Monkey Man
  9. I Can't Turn You Loose
  10. Gimme Shelter
  11. Tumbling Dice
  12. Slipping Away
  13. Thru And Thru
  14. You Got Me Rocking
  15. When The Whip Comes Down
  16. Midnight Rambler
  17. Honky Tonk Women
  18. Start Me Up
  19. Satisfaction
  20. Brown Sugar

Review by Robert Bagel

Tonight�s show at the Hard Rock Casino�s Joint proved once again that the quality of the Stones show is not the inverse of the size of the venue. I thought the show was very good, but not the quality of the Aragon or Oakland shows earlier this tour. It was surprising to see most of the crowd sit down during the beginning of Worried About You; maybe people figured that if they paid $1000 for their seat, they should in fact use that seat. Still the loss of momentum did not impede the show too much, as we soon got excellent versions of Beast of Burden and All Down the Line.

Those hoping for a full blown club show with the likes of Hand of Fate, Dance, Rip This Joint (how appropriate would that have been given the name of the venue?), or Can�t You Hear Me Knocking would be disappointed. This set had tunes now familiar from stadiums and arenas, like Monkey Man and Midnight Rambler.

The high point of the show was Keith�s passionate Thru and Thru, whose pacing and dramatic lines were perfect for the small setting. Ron had sound problems early which appeared to make him quite angry. This later benefited the show as his playing seemed to be influenced for the better, especially on an especially thrash version of When The Whip Comes Down.

While the small venue made it fun to see the horns packed very tight stage left, or Keith lean against the wall while playing stage right, this show had more the feel of an extraordinary stadium or arena show rather than that of a club show. The fact that the Joint bills itself as a rock�n�roll Utopia seemed a stretch tonight, as the Stones took enough chances to make the show very, very good, but not enough to make the show a standout on the LICKS tour.

Stones - The Joint/MGM
Review by Mike Butler

Friday night saw a very good show by the band at a terrible venue. The Joint should be avoided at all costs. @ $1000 per head, or any price for that matter, the sight lines are awful ( standing OR sitting in your seat). The most common comment of the evening "I've never paid so much, to see so little" , leaving most in attendance with nothing but the passion of the moment and the audio portions of the evening to consider. This in itself may have been enough had the audio at this "showcase" venue been superb (it wasn't), or if the band had played a number of off the wall selections (they didn't) .

But the passion the Stones have for the music and what they do almost rescued this affair from the feeling of being jacked by a $1000 a night whore . Ronnie was on fire all evening. MIA for way to long, Ron is on a mission and it is a pleasure to have him back. Keiths solo spot was so heartfelt that it is almost impossible to imagine loving anything or anyone as much as Keith loves what he is doing. Mick continues to impress me more than he has in years, which leaves us with Charlie.... Usually the band member I focus in on onstage. 1 of the greatest timekeepers of all time was again, as always, impeccable. Swinging, rockin, thrashin passion. In my opinion, when Charlie hangs up his sticks there will be no more Stones.

The biggest surprize of the weekend? The arena show (MGM) on Saturday had all the pluses and none of the negatives that I witnessed..HA! on friday. But more, much more on that later......

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