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Tell Me

The Rolling Stones
Madison Square Garden
New York City, NY, USA
Thursday Jan. 16, 2003

The set list:

  1. Street Fighting Man
  2. Start Me Up
  3. If You Can't Rock Me
  4. Don't Stop
  5. Monkey Man
  6. Angie
  7. Let It Bleed (with Hubert Sumlin)
  8. Live With Me
  9. Midnight Rambler
  10. Tumbling Dice
    --- Introductions
  11. Slipping Away (Keith)
  12. Before They Make Me Run (Keith)
  13. Gimme Shelter
  14. You Got Me Rocking
  15. Can't You Hear Me Knocking
  16. Honky Tonk Women
  17. Satisfaction
  18. It's Only Rock'n Roll (B-stage)
  19. When The Whip Comes Down (B-stage)
  20. Brown Sugar (B-stage)
  21. Sympathy For The Devil (encore)
  22. Jumping Jack Flash (encore)

Show time 9:00 - 11:25

Review by John Scialfa

Another great show on the licks tour. The band was so hot last night, no surprise as per set list, but the show was so good it was hard to notice. Keith was incredible last night taking center stage on many occasions, he seemed possesed at times. They really nailed if you can't rock me this time. The art of ancient weaving was in full swing. Don't Stop has really come along way since september. The crowd was into it as much as any of the older stuff. Other highlites were an incredible 10 minute midnight rambler, as well as a complete let it bleed block, including the title track, as well as live with me and a smoking gimme shelter.

The band dropped can't you hear me knockin in boston but we got a great version of it last night. Ronnie was right on the solo as he has been the whole tour. I can not help but be amazed at the energy this band has. Jagger remains one of lifes most incredible physical specimens. He really is a one man wrecking crew, and his voice has never, i mean never sounded better than this tour. At 61 charlie remains rocks best drummer. His timing is second to none, and yes even though he makes it look easy he is really a huge part of the sound we have all grown to love. Darryl is not just a bass player any more. He really is transforming into a full fledge stone. I just wish he took the final bow with the 4 others, i wonder what others think? Well I'm looking forward to watching the HBO show from the comfort of my living room. The live broadcast will be a great keeper, if they play any where as well as they did tonight. But we know they will, they have been, still are and will always be the worlds greatest rock and roll band hands down.

Review by Witz

Show number 13 for me, dating back to 1981 and four for four in NY this tour.

I was amused during the pre show celebration at Walter's Bar when a fan about 15 years my junior remarked "You saw them back then?!" upon being told I had seen them in '81. It's funny how different one's perspective can be, since they were a mere 20 years into their run already when i first saw them!

But I digress, on to the show:

Much like pizza and sex, when the Stones are good they are awesome and when they aren't they are still pretty damn great. The MSG show was no different -- great. Although there were no surprises they were on the top of their game, again. No need to go song by song as I will leave that to the others on this page. If You Can't Rock Me was great, unfortunatley, this song is no longer a hidden gem, as everyone now knows how great a live song it can be. We were treated to three of the longer songs in the repertioire, as we got Midnight Rambler, Can't You Hear Me Knocking AND Sympathy for the Devil, which was a treat, though Sympathy seemed to be a little shorter than normal. My seats were near the backups, so it was interesting to watch them up close. Bernard was having a ball, and while the band moved to the small stage he crumpled up a set list and tossed it to a high school buddy a few seats away from me. Much has been made of Lisa's new hairstyle, but it is all warranted. She seems to have lost not only her hair but a few pounds and was quite an enjoyable sight to see up close. Blondie seemed to be under the weather as he coughed occasionally and would walk to the back of the stage every now and then, but it didn't affect his role in the show at all.

Ron did his usually great solo on Can't You Hear Me Knocking and Keith was great on Before They Make Me Run. I wish he would not always do one rocker and one ballad for his set. I wouldn't complain if he did You Got the Silver, Little T&A or Connection as his opener one of these nights. There were cameras all over the place. Mick said it was HBO, so i guess they were practicing for Saturday night. It should be a great show and hopefully those little surprises I was looking for Thursday will come to fruition Saturday. Does anyone know if there is a radio simulcast, i have heard nothing to date??

One more in NYC and then we are done. There have been some ramblings about a tour capper in 2004 back in the states, lets hope it is true as i will never get tired of a live Stones show!

Review by David Mass

Last night was my 8th Stones show dating back to 1981. I thought seeing them in the Carrier Dome in Syracuse with 5th row floor seats back then was the topper. Until last night!

The band was tight last night, but more stripped down and raw compared to Giants Stadium where I last saw them in September. My good friend got extremely ill, and had to cancel last minute. (sorry you missed it John). The guy who took his place was a casual fan at best, and he was blown away.

Keith and Ronnie traded licks all night , and having Mick on harp for the long jam on Midnight Rambler was the highlight, until Can't you Hear Me Knocking. They nailed that one. Mick was all over the place, it amazes me how much energy he has. Bobby Keyes really showcased during the Knocking jam portion, as did the rest.

Keith's guitar sounded better than ever. It's amazing that his guitar playing is influencing me all over again, as if I were still in high school. I am writing this as I hold my new Telecaster that was a X-Mas present (1952 re-issue).

All in all, the best show ever was last night!!

Comments by Richard Kent

Heartily disappointed in this show. I was looking forward to hearing some more obscure stuff, but instead, the set lists are becoming the same as the stadium shows. In other words, they are appealing to the marginal fans. I can see their logic, but I don't like it. If you love the Stones, the shows are getting boring. After all the rare gems they rehearsed for this tour, how about playing more of them?

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