It's Only Rock'n Roll
The set list
I had seen them last month at Madison Square Garden in NYC and while I enjoyed the show, I felt that they were not at their best, and was definitely hoping for greater things this time around. All I can say is the Stones did not let me down!
This show was TOTALLY AWESOME from Keith's first chords on Street Fighting Man to his virtuoso ending on Jumping Jack Flash, the Stones took us into that special place that only their true fans know exists, and treated us to two hours of incredible rock n roll!
Shaggy got things off to a fine opening. I could tell there was something different already from the Garden show, because even the opening band sounded pretty good. Interestingly the sound system at AA Arena seemed superior to MSG.
Then at about 9:10 the Stones rolled onto the stage to the always dramatic opening Street Fighting Man. Some recent shows have featured Start Me Up as the opening, but I think Street Fighting Man really kicks things off much better.
It was then time for It's Only Rock N Roll, and things really got rolling when Keith, Ronnie, and Darryl got together and started to groove. To me a great Stones concert is like a locomotive, slowly building in speed and intensity until reaching breakneck speeds that no other band can duplicate. At this point you could sense that the train had left the station and we were all in for quite a ride!
Things kept rolling right along with If You Can't Rock Me, and Monkey Man with Ronnie showing he came to play-belting out some mean licks on the slide. This was a song I had never heard the Stones perform live before, and definitely a welcome addition to the set list.
Speaking of welcome additions, next up, That's How Strong My Love Is - an old R&B number from '64 that the Stones had been playing exclusively during their small club shows. This was better than I imagined it would be with Mick controlling the pace, telling the band to "take it down" and then taking it back up on his own when he felt it was time and the band following suit.
Loving Cup was next. Mick pulled out the acoustic to help Keith and Ronnie out with this one. This is just a beautiful song and it was performed with tremendous feeling. From there they went full throttle through some of the great rockers from Exile on Main Street. Ripping through Rocks Off, Rip This Joint, and Tumbling Dice the crowd was totally electric, yet you could sense the band had yet to hit their stride.
Keith then took over performing The Worst. After that a lady in the front row offered up a request to which Keith responded, "This ain't no restaurant lady! You are going to hear Before They Make Me Run!" The Miami audience seemed to really enjoy Keith's performance.
Mick returned to Start Me Up. At this point the crowd stood up and they never sat back down for the rest of the show. You could really tell that everyone on stage was having a great time, an element that has been missing from some recent Stones tours. There was all kinds of laughter and joking around as they performed and everyone in the place was loving it.
Ronnie continued to impress during You Got Me Rocking. But of course the treat of the night came during the 11 minute long Can't You Hear Me Knocking with Ronnie taking up the final 3-4 minutes with a very impressive slide solo on what appears to be a crowd favorite during this tour.
Miami you talk a lot.....let's have a look at ya! as the house lights came up for Honky Tonk Woman. I don't recall ever hearing the crowd sing along with the Stones as they did on this one. Satisfaction was next, and 90+ minutes into the show the band is drawing more energy from the crowd then at any other time during the night! Charlie and Keith joining forces to push the beat faster and faster. This is what a Stones concert is all about!
Then it was on to stage B for When the Whip Comes Down. Again Mick picking up the six string to help Keith and Ronnie out, not that they needed it on this night. Next - Like a Rolling Stone. This is not a song I love to hear them do, but they did it as well as ever tonight as Mick played a killer harmonica and Keith seemed to be backing him with his guitar. It sounded amazing! They finished up on the small stage with Brown Sugar. Hey it ain't '75 anymore but they still had the crowd buzzing!
Back to the big stage for the closing number - It's Jumping Jack Flash, and we are covered in red and white confetti. As the Stones ride came screeching to a reluctant halt I was left just looking down at the stage and feeling thankful that these guys can still do this after all these years.
If tonight's concert was any indication, this band is just getting better and better as this tour goes on. Those of you holding tickets to future concerts should be pretty excited. What you are going to see is the "greatest rock n roll band in the world" at the top of their game.
The show- well it was hot Hot HOT!! One of the best. Mick in turquoise, Ronnie the best I have ever seen him, Keith about to kick some guys ass after 'The Worst". and Charlie banging the hell out of the drums. They were tight, the sound was much better than Ft Lauderdale, and Mick was much more playful and energetic. It was like last nite was a warm up for the BBD - Thats BIGGER BETTER DEAL. The setlist, please remember I don't write these things down, I am dancing and singing. Here's a very close resemblelance to the setlist and order.
Show start: 9:05pm
Show finish: 11:05pm
I bet I missed one or two, hopefully someone is more accurate than me. (Comment from IORR Editor/Bjørnulf: It is correct now!) Note, no encore, Charlie goes straight to the drums from the small stage, Mick changes shirt and Keith takes his off.
The Miami crowd ROCKED! Everyone smiling, singing, and not to be sexist, the Miami women can dress to kill-'they make a grown man cry'... This one of my favorite shows ever. Probalbly because the band was in great spirits, the crowd into it giving the band drive and the setlist. I just loved 'Loving Cup', one of my favorite songs ever and Mick just nailed the singing.
Keith played his heart out, the only real solo I can see he does is 'Honky Tonk Women', and 'Sympathy For the Devil' when played on this tour.
A really great night in Miami. Hello Atlanta.
Now to the true part of what Keith said to the spectator because you did not get it right, you were close though. Keith came up ready to play and this woman and some guy were eating nachos in the third row section one, "and they were sitting down" while many were standing for Keith to start the song. The woman was yelling like a bitch from her seat to play a song over and over with a bucket of nacho's in her lap and Keith told her THIS IS NO FAST FOOD RESTAURANT MOTHER F**KER and then the guy sitting next to her shouted something to Keith and Keith said I'LL KICK YOUR ASS to the guy with a fist motion, "and the crowd went nuts up front laughing" and I'm still laughing a day later. These guys were at the top of there game and it showed, I paid two thousand dollars for my tickets (Go ahead and laugh) I would pay it again.
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