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Tell Me
Band 2
Tim Ries

The Rolling Stones
Estadio San Mam�s
Bilbao, Spain
Wednesday June 25, 2003

The set list

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

The Pretenders (warmup) :  8:30pm -  9:10pm
The Rolling Stones      : 10:05pm - 12:10am

What a great crowd! The show started late, may be to get it darker, or may be because people were still in the streets having drinks and socializing. After "You Got Me Rocking" the entire stadium started to sing ole-ole-ole over and over again. Mick picked it up, and he played the crowd for a minute or so. It is such a wonderful feeling when the crowd is so warm and appreciating.

Both "Start Me Up" and "Don't Stop" got a great ovation. Everybody knew the words, and as everybody was singing in this small sized stadium, where the B-stage were on the other side of the stadium, it got real intimate and warm.

"Can't You Hear Me Knocking" was wonderful for me, but I must say many people just enjoyed it talking to their friends, waiting for the next famous song. When "Tumbling Dice" followed I knew this would be a set list of 19 songs rather than 20, as TD is normally number nine...

When Keith took the front stage he did not play the crowd like Mick. Everybody were singing ole-ole-ole, but Keith said they had a curfew to follow, which I don't think they had, and he jumped right into "Slipping Away" rather than playing the crowd.

The rest of the show was strong and good. As the venue was so small, it almost felt like an arena show. Everybody was close. But I think they were in a hurry. May be there is a limit of when you can land in Madrid. I did not have time to read through all the papers today, but someone said they stay in Madrid now rather than in San Sebastian, like in 1998, for the no-show stay.

OK. I won't complain. The weather was nice. Cloudy, no rain, and medium warm like +20 C rather than the +30C which we will get in Madrid and Barcelona. I have just one request to Mick and Keith: Let the crowd sing. Take your time. If they sing for 15 minutes, then it is ok, like they do in Argentina. If there's a curfew, then start 15 minutes earlier. It's Only Rock'n Roll...


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Thanks to Joelle Bonnet and Axel Schumacher for news links!

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