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The Rolling Stones
London, Great Britain
Friday August 29, 2003
The set list
- Street Fighting Man
- Start Me Up
- If You Can't Rock Me
- Don't Stop
- Love In Vain
- Monkey Man
- Midnight Rambler
- Tumbling Dice
- Slipping Away (Keith)
- Happy (Keith)
- Love Train
- Can't You Hear Me Knocking
- Honky Tonk Women
- Respectable (B-stage)
- It's Only Rock'n Roll (B-stage)
- Brown Sugar (B-stage)
- Jumping Jack Flash (Encore)
Feeder (warmup) : - 8:05pm
The Rolling Stones : 8:55pm - 10:55pm
Review by Tom Burton
Friday's show at Wembley Arena was the first time in 5 years I'd seen the Stones in an arena versus
the usual stadium show so I was looking forward to it (I unfortunately couldn't get tix to the Astoria
club gig short of remortgaging the flat!).
The Stones materialised in full-pelt mode with a blistering Street Fighting Man (welcome back to sleepy
London town!) and Start Me Up, followed by Don't Stop. Then the set got more interesting, with a Let
It Bleed mini-set of Love In Vain, Monkey Man and a great Midnight Rambler. We also got If You Can't
Rock Me and, for a treat, an extended jam on Can You Hear Me Knocking - excellent sax solo from
Bobby Keys and then an awesome tour-de-force by Ronnie Wood - he really was on fire tonight, playing
some excellent slide and lead guitar (he's not usually known for his stand-out solos!), running around
with loads of interaction with the other band members.
Next up was the Keef slot with Slipping Away from Steel Wheels, plus Happy on his faithful 5-string
telecaster. Mick came out and they covered an upbeat Love Train - Lisa accidentally missed the cue to
end the song and carried on singing for a few seconds which made Mick smile so they had to pretend to
do another chorus to finish it properly. With HTW, Tumbling Dice and Satisfaction they were back to
full-on stadium mode.
Then it was over to the mini-stage for Respectable, IORR and Brown Sugar before disappearing from
view and reappearing for the JJF encore on the main stage, red confetti showering from the rafters to
the cheering crowd. All in all, another great show from the boys!
Review by Sjouke Hoving
This was my fourth (and probably last) show of the European tour. And it was probably
the best one I have seen so far. Although there were no real surprises in the setlist,
the show rocked really hard from the beginning. They started with the typical arena
opener Street Fighting Man followed by Start Me Up and If You Can't Rock Me. The
version of Don't Stop was short, much shorter than in the stadium shows but very
nice. Bitch was next with horns. Everybody on stage was playing very well, the sound
was really good and Mick's voice was strong as ever, also until the end of the show.
Then the album theme, as in Munich it was the Let It Bleed theme with a beautiful
played Love In Vain followed by Monkey Man and the highlight of the evening, a rocking
hard Midnight Rambler. The next song Tumbling Dice I have heard too much and was a
good occasion to get some beers, especially my companion needed some. The Band
Introductions were followed by the Keith songs Slipping Away and Happy. Surprise song
to hear was Love Train, very nice done. It was great to hear Can't You Hear Me
Knocking again with a very long jam session in the middle. This was, together with
Midnight Rambler the absolute highlight of the show. Honky Tonk Women got a great
perception as well as Satisfaction. The crowd loved it. The B-stage gave us
Respectable, It's Only Rock'n Roll and Brown Sugar. The sound quality at the B-stage
was lousy compared to the really great sound from the main stage. We got one encore
Jumping Jack Flash and then it was over. Probably the best show I ever have attended
and it could be the last, although Zurich could be the last chance to see them this
Review by Olaf Boehme, Germany
After the club show the first indoor concert in England followed. The Wembley arena should
experience thereby an outstanding energy achievement of all band members. Days before this,
there was a huge run down the band's condition at the World Wide Web. There was a speech
from a Ronnie who forgets the chords, particularly fail with Can't You Hear Me Knockin' and a
singer who can't sing anymore. The appearance on 29 August seemed to have been the answer to
all the criticism of the past days. By possible problems with Mick's voice there was not to be
noticed at all. And Ronnie, principal purpose disk of the criticism was knocked on his shoulder
before Can't You Hear Me Knockin' and pushed strongly on the edge of stage by Keith. The
gesture of Keith reminded of a coach, who send its favourite in a auspicious boxing contest.
“Boy, it cannot go to anything inclined, make your thing”, thereby his animating words could
have been. That was Teamwork in the sense of mutual stimulus. Can't You Hear Me Knockin'
and Midnight Rambler both titles seemed to be endless in this evening. With Can't You Hear Me
Knockin' Mick pushed a harmonica-solo that continuous approx. 5 mins. Even with Charlie there
were remarkableness. He play so hard on Midnight Rambler and Tumbling Dice, as if it wants to
flog someone (and he smiled thereby). Summa sumarum, the Rolling Stones presented
themselves in the Wembley arena as belonging together and mutually respecting work collective.
Review by Steven Kelly
This was my first trip to see the band on this tour and having waited so long for this moment I felt strangely nervous
sitting waiting on the show to start. Could the Stones live up to all the hype surrounding the UK leg of the tour?
Could they impress the ultra critical sceptics who were desperate to write them off?
Shortly before 9 o'clock the
lights dropped and the hairs on the back of my neck stood up. The opening chords to Street Fighting Man rung out
and Keith rushed forward on to the stage, head down, looking at his guitar, could he have been nervous too? Then
Mick ran forward, waving and jumping around like a man possesed. Keith looked up at Mick and the crowd and
his faced streched to the biggest smile I've ever seen. At that moment I new they were out to impress their home
crowd, and boy did they do it in style.
Without pausing for breath they then launched into Start Me Up and a
fantastic rendition of If You Can't Rock Me. The band seem fully relaxed now and after Dont Stop and Bitch,
came the highlight of my night, Love In Vain, Monkey Man and Midnight Rambler. Ronnie's solo on Love In Vain
was as good as it gets and Keith and Mick had the audience spellbound during Midnight Rambler. Tumbling Dice
followed before Mick introduced the band, with Ronnie hogging as much of the limelight as possible, egged on by
the rest of the band.
Keith took lead vocals for Slipping Away and Happy, the latter of the two I thought was a bit
disapointing, as if Keith had lost where the song was going and had to improvise, with the backing vocalists
struggling to keep up.
Then came an excellent version of Love Train. On the way home from the gig someone
commented to me that Love Train was "a bit inappropriate". Not true! Just as Like A Rolling Stone on the previous
tour, you could have sworn this song was written for the band. CYHMK followed, the first time I've heard this live,
and it was fantastic. Again someone commented to me that it dragged on too long. Not to me, I was awestruck,
and Ronnie and Bobby Keys shone out.
Honky Tonk Woman and Satisfaction followed before a walk onto the
B-Stage. Respectable was great, IORR was excellent and Brown Sugar was as out of this world, outstanding!
Then the encore, Jumping Jack Flash, sounded as though the band had just come on stage, ready to start again.
They blew the roof off the arena. The best gig I've ever seen, without a doubt, and I'm going to see them again in
Glasgow this Wednesday. I can't wait!
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