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The Rolling Stones
Foietes Stadium
Benidorm, Spain
Thursday September 25, 2003

The set list

  1. Brown Sugar
  2. You Got Me Rocking
  3. Don't Stop
  4. Miss You
  5. Ruby Tuesday
  6. You Can't Always Get What You Want
  7. Paint It Black
  8. Tumbling Dice
    --- Introductions
  9. Slipping Away (Keith)
  10. Before They Make Me Run (Keith)
  11. Sympathy For The Devil
  12. Mannish Boy (B-stage)
  13. It's Only Rock'n Roll (B-stage)
  14. Street Fighting Man (B-stage)
  15. Gimme Shelter
  16. Honky Tonk Women
  17. Start Me Up
  18. Satisfaction
  19. Jumping Jack Flash (encore)

Primal Scream (warmup) :  8:25pm -  9:20pm       
The Rolling Stones     : 10:00pm - 11:55pm


Hola Benidorm
Review by Bjrnulf Vik

With +30 C degrees in the air in the afternoon, dropping to some +22 by midnight, the weather was perfect for another outdoor show with the Stones. I was back to Costa Blanca for another try, as last time the show was cancelled on show day.

Brown Sugar had once more Tim on saxophone, so Bobby did not play tonight, like Twickenham II. Tim was not so strong in the mix, but he did a great job still. In fact we would get a lot of Tim tonight, both on saxophone and on keyboards.

Hola Benidorm! Mick is shouting, and gets the response he wanted before they crash into "You Got Me Rocking". Then "Don't Stop", always a great crowd pleaser, and then "Miss You" with Tim on saxophone.

"Ruby Tuesday" is great tonight, with Tim on keyboards, as he will be on the next two songs as well, plus on "Slipping Away" and "Start Me Up" later on. "You Can't Always Get What You Want" makes everybody sing, and the mood is on. After the song everybody is singing "oe oe-oe-oe"; we are now in Spain, that is for sure!

Charlie has got a yellow T-shirt. He often picks a color that fits in with the place he is playing, the true gentleman and performer. Ronnie has quit smoking, not one single cigarette through the whole show, only water and coffee. And even Keith don't really smoke. Well, he have one cigarette during the introductions, but that one he picks because he will throw it away as the intro to "Slipping Away"...

When Mick is walking down the walkway towards the B-stage during the performance the entire crowd in the front pit move to the walkway. We do all love to be close to our "boys".

The small stage rocks. As half of the crowd, in fact all of the crowd from the B-stage to the main stage, is in fact outside the stadium, in some sort of strange stage setup that has got the capacity for 60,000 people, but still only the front half is actually there, like 30,000 in all, the walk to the B-stage makes the band available for the crowd in the back and in the seats of the stadium. And everybody from the front pit is now by the B-stage, believe it or not, still no pushing!

During "Gimme Shelter" there is a guy that makes it to the walkway. He is running like crazy towards the main stage, but the very good security tonight litterally rips him off the runway like 10-15 meters before he gets on stage. Don't even think about it....

Keith gets his guitar for "Satisfaction" on after "Honky Tonk Women", and I am afraid they will make a set of 18 songs only, but then it is wrong they say, he changes the guitar, and we get "Start Me Up". Then normally Keith has got the guitar for "Satisfaction" on before the previous song finish, but not this time. Keith has decided to change shirt... Mick notices, so he makes his extra: "Everybody having fun now?"... Oh Yeah... Oh yeahhhh... Playing the crowd and we all love it, just like Mick does. Then Keith is ready, and we get "Satisfaction". Confetti, staying in the warm air through the entire song, then a very short break, "Jumping Jack Flash", and the original planned part of the LICKS Eurpean tour is over. Still we got three more shows as a bonus this time!


Review by IAN WARD

TOO MANY "JUST PLAIN CURIOUS" PEOPLE FOR MY TASTE. I'M 58 AND DID THE 60's IN LONDON SO I'M USE TO SOME REAL ACTION. IT'S JUST THAT THERE WERE WAY TOO MANY WELL-OFF JERKS THAT (yes!-this IS true!) SIT DOWN THROUGH LONG STRETCHES OF THE GIG. THEY'RE THERE FOR THE CIRCUS ACT. WELL, MAYBE IT IS ONE. AFTER ALL THE STONES DID DO AN ILL FATED "ROCK 'N' ROLL CIRCUS" CIRCA 1968.

MICK WAS SUPERB!!!!!! HOW THE F**K DOES HE DO ALL THAT RUNNING AND SING AT THE TOP OF HIS VOICE AT THE SAME TIME?? .... AND HE'S 2 YEARS OLDER THAN ME!!!!!! HOLY SHIT! KEEF LOOKED ROUGH BUT IN A VERY COMFY WAY. SHIT!, IF I'D KNOWN DOIN' STUFF DID THAT TO YOU I'D HAVE BECOME AN ACCOUNTANT. CHARLIE LOOKED SERENE,BUT DOESN'T HE ALWAYS ?

BAD NOTE!!!!!! ......THE BASSIST JUST CAN'T HACK IT!! SORRY TO MOAN BUT HE IS WAY TOO THUMB HEAVY ON THE BASS STINGS. SOUNDS LIKE HE DOESN'T PLUCK THEM AT ALL. VERY 80's. VERY LEVEL 42!!!!! HE WOULD FIT IN TIGHT WITH "FUNKADELIC". WORKS WELL WITH 70's STUFF LIKE "MISS YOU" BUT ON "GIMME SHELTER" IT'S A DISASTER. ...BUT THEN I DOUBT IF MOST OF THOSE PRESENT ARE EVEN FAMILIAR WITH THE ORIGINAL. WAY TOO MUCH BRASS AND BACK-VOCALS IN THE MIX AT TIMES. IT SOUNDED CLUTTERED. WAY TOO "LAS VEGAS" I'D LIKE TO GO BACK TO THE 80's WHEN THE STONES PLAYED A MINIMALIST SOUND OF GUITARS AND NOT MUCH ELSE.

MAYBE IT WAS A BUM NIGHT. MAYBE THE GUY ON THE MIX DECKS GOT TOO MUCH DOPE SMOKE IN HIS LUNGS. THIS IS AN OPEN AIR GIG WITH NO BREEZE TO SPEAK OF, AND I'M TELLIN' YOU THAT DURING THE WHOLE SHOW THE AIR STANK OF HIGH-GRADE MORROCAN HASH BEING SMOKED NON-STOP. I WAS FIVE ROWS UP IN THE "GRADOS" (=terraces/side benches)AND WE WERE GETTING SUFFOCATED BY THE STENCH. I WENT THERE CLEAN AS COULD BE, BUT I FELT THE EFFECTS OF SO MUCH DOPE SMOKE AROUND ME. NO KIDDING! THIS IS TRUE!!!!!!! MY T-SHIRT STILL STINKS OF IT 24 HOURS LATER.

TECHNICALLY THE SCREENS WERE ABSOLUTELY MIND-BANGING.!! PRECISION PERFECT AND TOTALLY 100% PROFESSIONAL. STAGE B WAS A ROARING SUCESS. THAT REALLY THREW THEM. IF ONLY THEY'D FOLLOWED UP S.F.D. WITH "DANCIN' WITH MR D." AND GONE FULLY DOWN THAT ROAD. I'D LOVE TO RE-ARRANGE THEIR SONG LIST TO MAKE THE SHOW MEANER AND LEANER. O.K -I'VE HAD MY GRIPE. WOULD I DO IT AGAIN?...YOU BETCHA!!!!!!!!


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Thanks to Iris Nlle-Hornkamp for news links!


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