It's Only Rock'n Roll
The set list
The Stones came on at 9:30 sharp with Keith leading the way, ripping the chords of Street Fighting Man off his Telecaster. No sooner had he played a couple of licks when he slipped and fell right on his back. He lay on the stage with his guitar for a couple of very long moments. This may possibly be a bad omen I thought, could he have over indulged perhaps? His ear to ear grin suggested he was getting off on somethin'. Darryl Jones extended his hand and brought him back to his feet and he quickly regained his composure. A concerned Mick then ran back to Ronnie who nodded "Yes he's okay". It's only R & R was next, a real crowd pleaser with the audience singing along. Woody's wah-wah pedal was then brought out as they launched into If You Can't Rock Me. Well the boys certainly were rocking HARD tonight. This song was cool to see live since it hasn't been played since 75/76 tour.
The new single Don't Stop was great with Mick playing a capo'ed Telecaster and really getting into it. Twisting his fingers at the crowd while singing "You peppered me with poison darts". Keef and Ronnie both played with capo's on this number. Nice long Jagger fade-out. Why won't they play the other new songs?
Next we got an EXILE-lent 5 song set. Rocks Off, Love in Vain (beautiful slide from Ronnie who was sitting on a stool playing lap steel as Keith stood on acoustic). Let It Bleed, Gimme Shelter with a slow menacing intro from Keef and powerful vocals from Lisa Fisher. Monkey Man started with crisp guitar chops from Richards and Jagger doing the monkey dance like a madman. Tumbling Dice has been heard many times but this was superlative, it was 1972 all over again. Keith (in very good voice tonight) did a version of Thru and Thru which started out slow and soulful and ended up HEAVY! Happy was next with Woody sitting down again playing slide. Keef crouched down right beside him during the solo. Hey Keith what about Losing My Touch ?
Start Me Up and Honky Tonk (with naughty cartoon) were real crowd pleasers. Can't You Hear Me Knockin' was one of the highlights on this night. It is true what everyone is saying about Mr. Wood. B Stage was Mannish Boy, Neighbours (a guy told me he heard this at the sound check along with Gimme Shelter) and Brown Sugar which had everyone with their fists in the air during the yeah yeah yeah woo ending. Sympathy for the Devil was the first encore but started out with something terribly wrong. It sounded like someone was out of key. Jagger came back to Chuck Leavell a couple of times to see what was up. After the song a laughing Wood shook Leavell's hand.
Back up singer, acoustic guitarist Blondie Chaplin looked like a Zombie all night. Keith come over to the side and did a solo during Sympathy not 10 feet from me. These were the best seats I have had in 13 Stones shows since 1981. Being that close to these guys was extraordinary. Jumping Jack ended the show. It was nice to see Jagger and Richards side by side during the final bows. They didn't seem to acknowledge each other much during the concert except some mock punches from Jagger and kicks from Richards. The sound was fantastic with Charlie really pounding the drums hard. I would have like to have Keith turned up a notch or too though. Well next show for me is Montreal. Cheers!
The ACC center is larger than Gund arena but i manage to take a sit beside the stage, Wood's side with a perfect view to Charlie. The White Stripes are the worst thing i ever saw and heard, really painfull. Anyway, here comes Street Fighting Man, the sound is well balanced and to see Charlie hurting his skins is so intense i miss Keith falling down during this song!!?? I just see Pierre and an other guy helping Keith, thinking there was some problem with the guitar.
IORR is definitively played in a good mood and tempo this year. If you can't rock me with Ron on wah-wah, oddly, you can hear the chorists or at least Bernard singin' but they aren't on stage. For Don't stop, Mick plays in open tuning, capo on the second fret exactly as Keith (the song is in A).
There is a video for Rock's off showing young ladys (prostitute?) drinking red wine; it looks very sad and murky i can't make a connection with the meaning of the song (Keith misses the intro for that one). Next Love in vain, Keith on acoustic sitting on a stool playing in G, Ron on lap-guitar. The version sounds fantastic very like the Get yer's version. Mick annouces just after the song : we are in Let it bleed and this one is called Let it bleed. For me not a good one with Mick on acoustic and Ron on slide. In the dark after the song, Mick begins to move like a monkey, the 50 years old woman next to me shouts Monkey man and she's right. Damn good without backing vocals, Lisa saves her voice for the next one Gimme shelter.As always it's a highlight, Lisa with all her heart (and legs), teasing Mick for the "it's just a kiss away" part.
Tumblin dice is an other pleasure for the crowd. After the intros, i notice Pierre holding a different guitar for Keith; uh uh, it's not Slippin away but Thru & thru : no word for the next 6 minutes, incredible, Keith crooning, playing with the crowd, singin' blues with emphasis then a solo from heaven, Charlie, the brass and the chorists join for the end. For me one of the best moment in my Stones life (i saw 36 shows over 29 years). Happy, Start me up and Honky tonk follow.Actually, Mick asked everybody on stage to skip Can't turn you loose because his voice begins to fail, he spits a lot in between songs and even blows his nose.
Next an awesome Can't you hear me knocking as always, it's my 3rd time in 5 days but every version sounds slightly different, today Mick plays a different harp doing a part of the original guitar solo! Charlie plays some jazzy-latin music stuff; Amazing. For Satisfaction, Keith plays his long solo just in front of me (2-3 meters) on a red gibson though it was a black one in Cleveland.
For the B-stage, i run to an other spot (the security is very smooth tonight) and i'm right as they gonna play 2 new songs for me : first, Mannish boy with a long intro, much too long for Mick, and solos by Ron on slide, Mick on harp and Keith. Then Neighbours as Mick leads the rythm's changes looking worrying (as too often to my opinion). Brown sugar finishs the show then Sympathy with the audience singing ouh ouh at the very beginning.There is a problem in the sound and Mick sings a capella for a while then turn to Chuck to find the good key.Keith seems in late.
Jumpin' Jack flash kicks ass but it's not a surprise. All in all the show is very good but Cleveland was better. Last notes : Blondie looks "strange" and Lisa stimulates some guys in the first rows (i must write excites than stimulates...), Keith smiles a lot and Mick is more relax than last tour but still anxious when each song must finish.
Thanks to Paul Hodges, Andrew Murphy, Stephen Cake, Jerome Higgins and Brian for news links!
Thanks to Andrew Murphy and Robert Steele for set list information.
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