It's Only Rock'n Roll
Show start: 9:00 Show finish: 11:10
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.
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 iorr.org, 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.
Thanks to Mark Roberts and Axel Schumacher for news links!
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