It's Only Rock'n Roll
Toots and the Maytals (warmup) : 7:45pm - 8:35pm The Rolling Stones : 9:05pm - 11:05pm
|Tonight the Rolling Stones did their first of six shows in The Netherlands, in Rotterdam (Feyenoord Stadium). There were a lot of negative stories in the Dutch press like ‘They are too old’, ‘ they only play for the money’. But tonight The Rolling Stones hit back with a great show. This was the first time I saw the Stones in the Forty Licks tour. The sound was better than in every show I’ve seen before. The Stones openened with ‘Brown Sugar’ , followed by ‘You Got Me Rockin’ and ‘It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll’. Holland has a special place in the heart of The Rolling Stones, because they played some special songs like ’Wild Horses’, ‘Paint It Black’ and on the small stage they played ‘Star Star’ and ‘Little Red Rooster’. Keith did ‘Thru and Thru’ and ‘Happy’. After the great Rolling Stones show in Rotterdam is the conclusion that the Rolling Stones still beat the Stadium Rock Stars Wannabees like Robbie Williams and Bon Jovi.|
This concert was very special to me. I brought my 12 year old daughter
Manouk to the Stones! Cause she has to know what daddy's passion is all
about. We were close to the catwalk and when the Stones walked to the
b-stage both Mick and Keith shook hands with her! A dream come true on
her first gig. 'Their hands felt like normal hands' she told me
afterwards. And that's true. The Stones are just people, but awesome
She was sitting on my shoulders during Wild Horses and I got tears in my eyes. Sooo beautifull. It's great to experience the Stones with your child. And not only my daughter joined me, but also my 66 year old mother Kora. So there we were: three generations of Stones fans having a great time!
Thank you Kora! Thank you Manouk!! And thank you Stones!!!
The show was awesome. It was my first Licks show and thought it would be my last one but they hit me with a surprise. The explosions at the end still ring in my ear, my eyes still "bleed" from the fire during Sympathy and my expectations are high for Ahoy.
While walking to my car I was handed a flyer with a DVD offer for a DVD of this show, Is signed in RIGHT AWAY!!! This was one of the best Stones shows I saw, in a stadium at least!
The small stage was used to play Star Star, Little Red Rooster and Street Fighting Man. Starfucker was great! Of course they gave us Satisfaction and I never heard an audience sing so loud and so well.
It was the location, the weather and the fact that this was their first Dutch forty licks concert that did it. Perhaps Toots and the Maytalls, which opened the show, added a little too to make this event such a nice one. Ronnie Wood and Bobby Keys could be seen on the stage during the Maytalls show, swinging, not playing.
Brown Sugar: The usual opener and always good to hear.
You Got Me Rocking: Ronnie smoked the solo part and the crowd sang along. Hey Hey!
It's Only Rock N' Roll: ... but the crowd like it.
Don't Stop: some nice guitars on this one, but not one of my favourites.
Wild Horses: They played this one on acoustic guitars. It went well, but I've heard better versions.
You Can't Always Get What You Want: Mick was in the middle of the verses and he was going to sing ,, what's your favourite flavour?'' but the crowd was singing the chorus already. He seemed to be a little annoyed. The song worked out great though.
Paint It Black: I already heard this during the soundcheck and was only dreaming for it to actually happen. I just went mad when Keith played that intro. The band was all over it and played it fast and loud.
Tumbling Dice: This song is so relax. Always brings a great vibe.
Thru and Thru: One of my favourite Keith songs and it was beautiful! I love this song thru and thru.
Happy: Rock n' roll baby!
Sympathy For The Devil: Wow the crowd sang on this one more then usual. I didn't hear Keith's solo too well, but still this kicked ass.
Starfucker: Starfucker starfucker starfucker... how great can a b-stage set be? This was my favourite as Keith smoked this one. Mick belding out the lyrics like they were bullets. Just fantastic. Little Red Rooster: How sweet was this one! Especially Mick on harp was lovely.
Street Fighting Man: This one fitted just great to end the b-stage set. The crowd loved it.
Gimme Shelter: Lisa really seemed to enjoy herself on this one again, she had a smile on her face during the whole song.
Honky Tonk Woman: ...and the crowd went wild. This one worked especially well as the whole crowd sang along.
Start Me Up: ...also a crowd pleaser and a great version!
Satisfaction: I am always satisfied when they play this war horse and the crowd always seems to love it.
Jumping Jack Flash: The encore obviously, you can't miss this one.
The Stones surprised us with Paint It Black and Starfucker. The crowd appreciated and sang along great most of the time. It was a hot summer night and I can assure you there is more to come in Holland. Watch out for some more surprises.
The set list had some very unexpected but pleasant surprises. `Wild Horses`, `Paint it Black` and on the B-stage `Little Red Rooster` were chosen especially for the Dutch audience and made a great impression. Most unexpected was `Star Star` as first song on the B-stage. It is one of my favourites and I never heard it during one of my 14 previous concerts. For me it was one of the highlights of the evening because I also was standing very close to the B-stage.
Other highlights were `YCAGWYW`, `Sympathy for the Devil` and `Gimme Shelter` with a brilliant performance of Lisa. The only negative aspect was the sound during the first songs. You could hear barely Mick with that wall of sound. After a couple of songs they had found the right balance. So this was a very great opening of the shows in the Netherlands. Personally I hope to hear `Midnight Rambler` in one of the coming concerts and that `Star Star` will be prolonged on the set list. Only 4 concerts to go from now.
Keith entered the stage at 21.10 and the show was on! The first six songs were the regular stadium songs but then the first surprise: Paint It Black; the audience went complete crazy. After Tumblig Dice it was Keith' turn and he treated us with Thru And Thru which is very rare song for a stadium. Sympathy was great with lots of fire around the stage. You could feel the heat! Then the small stage, which was far away for us. Keith did the intro for, it seemed IORR, which ofcourse couldn't be, because they already did this one, Starfucker. Also the first time this tour. After Little Red Rooster and Street Fighting Man we got Gimme Shelter which was started by Lisa; nice to hear this song way different compared to the BTB tour. The rest of the songs were the well known highlights.
This was the first dutch show and still 5 to go. More surprises to be expected...........
Comment from IORR/Bjornulf: They do the rehearsals themselves. Checking out the sound and PA is something else.
Great surprise was Star Star. I'd only seen it once before at a liveshow (1976). Too bad they didn't play Angie, but Wild Horses was a good replacement. Lisa Fischer showed her best (vocals and body) again at Gimme Shelter. Maybe she should get a song of her own to perform on stage, like Keith does everytime. Keith was better then ever before and gave a nice "stretched" performance of Happy
Nice was Mick speaking dutch a lot, he even made fun at Ronnie in dutch. Ga zo door Mick! (keep on goïng Mick). Hopefully the come again and hopefully I can get a ticket for a small show (Paradiso, Vredenburg?) that time. A pity the "Vredenburg-tickets" were only for business relations (T-Mobile), I surely would have bought one. Special thanks to IORR for keeping us updated on everything about the Stones.
for the great band picture.
Thanks to Iris Nölle-Hornkamp, René Spork, Martijn Jansen, Axel Schumacher, Roberto de Tuoni and Albert Imthorn for news links!
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