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6:20 p.m. - 8:27 p.m.
The drama took place during "Monkey Man," the seventh song of the night. Chuck counted in and the song began, but I'm guessing Keith wasn't ready, because he charged over to Chuck angrily yelling at him and everyone else and making neck-slashing gestures with his hand. Mick was transfixed by the display and missed his cue. Keith continued stalking the stage like a deranged old man. As Mick stood center-stage singing, Keith came over and barged him, not once but twice, just like the video for "One Hit (To the Body)." The crowd cheered, maybe thinking it was an act. But Keith was beside himself. A little later, it looked as if he was going to ram Mick again, but Mick stepped out of the way. Poor Mick, I don't think he had anything to do with it, but maybe he makes a good punching bag. Keith did not let up on Chuck, who just grinned nervously, and I almost felt sorry for him.
But Keith had cooled down by the end of the song, and during "Midnight Rambler," he sidled up to Mick during the first harmonica solo, and seemed at one with his old buddy. During the intros Ronnie, who was uninvolved in the "Monkey Man" soap opera, seemed to mimic Keith, marching back and forth across the stage with a faux-angry look on his face.
During his own set, I'm pretty sure Keith said, "Hello Tokyo," but I'll have to wait for confirmation from a bootleg. Apparently a little contrite after his earlier outburst, he acknowledged his colleagues by saying, "Give 'em a hand. They're a great band, y'know."
The show, which clocked in at a little over 2 hours, began at the obscenely early time of 6:20 p.m. because Friday was a religious holiday here.
Thanks to Dean Goodman and James Lee for set list information.
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