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The Rolling Stones
America West Arena
Phoenix, AZ, USA
Thursday January 30, 2003

The set list:

  1. Street Fighting Man
  2. Start Me Up
  3. Bitch
  4. Don't Stop
  5. All Down The Line
  6. Wild Horses
  7. Let It Bleed
  8. Live with Me
  9. Midnight Rambler
  10. Tumbling Dice
    --- Introduction
  11. Thru and Thru
  12. Before They Make Me Run
  13. Sympathy For The Devil
  14. You Got Me Rocking
  15. Gimme Shelter
  16. Honky Tonk Women
  17. Satisfaction
  18. It's Only Rock'n Roll (B-stage)
  19. Like A Rolling Stone (B-stage)
  20. Brown Sugar (B-stage)
  21. Jumping Jack Flash (encore)
Show start:   9:00
Show finish: 11:10

Review by Mark Roberts, Phoenix, AZ

T'was a stellar show tonight. Highlights include "Bitch" in the number 3 slot, and "Wild Horses", silly us for thinking Sticky Fingers was the feature tonight. After that Mick informed us that they just figured out the feature album was "Let It Bleed". Had a nice "Let It Bleed", blistering "Live With Me" and the absolute longest "Rambler" ever. They strung out the slow part for what seemed like an eternity.

Ronnie's stinging lead on "All Down the Line" was great. Keith gave us "Thru and Thru" as well as a tight version of "Before They Make Me Run". B-Stage featured an intense version of IORR, the best version of "Like A Rolling Stone" I've heard. Biting guitar alternating with the vocals and finished with a solid "Brown Sugar". One encore of course was "Jumpin' Jack Flash".

Very tight show on par musically with the Anaheim show. I had better seats for Anaheim so I give the nod to that show. Though the drunken twosome in front of us provided some extra entertainment as each of them went ass over tea kettle into the row in front of them. Not at the same time, mind you, but about 2 minutes apart during the b stage songs. Hysterical. Only minor negatives were the murky sound on the opening "Street Fighting Man" and all the folks in section 217 that wouldn't stand up. Overall, two enthusiastic thumbs up. Here's hoping they come back to the US in the fall.

Review by Reed Johnson

The boys blew into the desert tonight like a summer monsoon: loud, raucous and full of energy. The 80 degree weather probably helped their mood what with having endured the icebox conditons in the East and Midwest on the 2003 swing of the States. Keith remarked how it great it was to be warm! Mick and the band were shedding clothes all night.

The show was an absolute killer! They played with increasing passion and determination as the night wore on, Keith in particular. What a player! His rendition of Thru and Thru was fabulous as was his playing on You Got Me Rocking. He really seemed to be enjoying himself tonight as were the others. This was in no small part due to the crowd. I don't think I've seen and heard a more enthusiastic bunch of people in all my years of concert going. The sing alongs on Brown Sugar and Like A Rolling Stone were spine tingling. The band seemed to feed off the crowd's energy as the evening progressed. It was an absolute madhouse by the end when JJF finished the show.

Having read every review of the NA shows to date, on, I went into the concert with some reservation thinking they couldn't be on top of their game as most of the reviews describe. Perhaps these were just ravings of fans totally lacking any objectivity. Well I was wrong! They truly are the greatest rock and roll band in the world without a shred of doubt! To anyone who reads this and has not purchased tickets for upcoming shows I have only this advice: Buy them! You will not be disappointed!

As Mick, Keith, Charlie and Ronnie took their final bow, I suspect many tonight felt a twinge of sadness. They are like old friends to aging guys like me whom we may not see again. For many of us, they are woven forever into our lives. However, if luck holds sway, perhaps we'll have the chance to meet again on the avenue.

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Thanks to Mark Roberts and Axel Schumacher for news links!

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