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Tell Me

The Rolling Stones
Sydney, Australia
Thursday Feb. 20, 2003

The set list

  1. Start Me Up
  2. It's Only Rock'n Roll
  3. If You Can't Rock Me
  4. Don't Stop
  5. You Got Me Rocking
  6. Let It Bleed
  7. You Can't Always Get What You Want
  8. Bitch
  9. Tumbling Dice
    --- Introductions
  10. Thru And Thru
  11. Before They Make Me Run
  12. Sympathy For The Devil
  13. Gimme Shelter
  14. Honky Tonk Women
  15. Can't You Hear Me Knocking
  16. Satisfaction
  17. When The Whip Comes Down (B-stage)
  18. Like A Rolling Stone (B-stage)
  19. Brown Sugar (B-stage)
  20. Jumping Jack Flash (encore)

Show time: 9:30pm - 11:35pm

Review by Simon Emmerson

Another enthusiastic Sydney audience welcomed the guys as they ripped straight into Start me up. For 2 hours the place rocked as we witnessed these Rock Gods cooly and calmly strut their stuff .

A front row seat made it even more spectacular. Plenty of eye contact off the Luscious Lisa . At one stage thought I might be heading back to the Four Seasons!

The stadium hits set list provided a great party. Keef did a passionate version of Through and Through,and an energy charged Before the make me run. Ronnie sporting a shorter haircut sounded brilliant on Can you Hear me knocking. Mick Talyor rest in peace!

Featured album was Let it Bleed. You Can't always get what you want, sounded fresh and revitalised.

So guys if your reading this on you limo laptop how about taking a risk and doing Goats Head Soup? Winter needs airing.

See you for the second show it's going to be wild.

Review by Bj�rnulf Vik

It was business as usual when they changed back from the obscure Enmore setlist into the more traditional songs last night at the SuperDome.

"If You Can't Rock Me" and "You Got Me Rocking" were great, rocking, and should have put the crowd on fire, but they were more quiet than I am used to during the opening songs. Strangely enough a slow song was needed to get to the hearts of the crowd. As they were doing "You Can't Always Get What You Want" the whole arena woke up, and the fans were singing along. A very popular song indeed.

Lisa had dressed unusual tonight. First of all she has now got long hair, following last month with very unusual and short hair. So the hair came before the Enmore gig... Secondly her dress was stunning. The production crew had realized that as well, and the mobile camera was on her all through the show, to show her attributes on the screen briefly at times.

Speaking of Lisa, when I got "Sympapthy For The Devil" it was so much Lisa there, great vocals, I started to dream about the real Lisa song, the one I might pick if I had to get one song only at a Stones show: "Gimme Shelter". The perfect Stones song, perfect last night as well, and spiced up with the new center stage performance by Lisa.

So why not have another Lisa song, the one that belongs to her rather than Sheryl Crow or anybody else - "Honky Tonk Women". She made it a trio. And HTW was great too.

My mind was starting to think about the B-stage, just as they started the intro of "Can't You Hear Me Knocking". It was a pure bonus for me. I did not expect it, but sure I was so happy. Bobby and Mick did their parts in a great way. I noticed some people around me were sitting down now. Then Ronnie took the stage. You should have been there. That's all I can say. How he can move, play, concentrate, and still look so relaxed and loose, I don't know. The visuals and sounds of his performance is still on my mind the day after the show, like your favorite movie you have seen a hundred times. I remember every move he took, all the licks and his guitar playing. I was in heaven already, still am.

After Knocking I left for the B-stage. That was too early, of course, because we got Satisfaction first. But it was ok, because Satisfaction is so great to see and hear wherever you are in the arena, and the version they did last night was actually so great I totally forgot about the B-stage for a while. How can anyone say they don't really want to hear Satisfaction anymore? I can never get enough of it, the way they play it now.

The B-stage was a real club gig. I was on Keith side. These days Ronnie don't move much, and I did not see him coming over once, excpt when they left. Keith was sharp and great. He followed all our moves, just like we follow him. After having thrown some picks out to the crowd, he decided to give the next one to the fan in the front in person. So he just handed it over, smiled his great smile to her, and then picked up something that had been thrown on stage, and stacked it down in his pocket. Keith takes care of everything.

"Jumping Jack Flash" was back in the set, of course, for the encore. Keith took over the whole song. It developed into a cascade of red confetti, sound, visions, Keith's guitar playing on center stage, and the rest of the band driving this ultimate Stones song into our hearts. I read that some fans at the Enmore were disappointed about not getting all the big hits. Well I hope those guys were at the SuperDome, because this was the night for the whole package! Also, I noticed how concentrated Keith was on his part on JJF. Somebody threw a bra just a foot to his left, but he did not even notice. Normally he would have picked it up later. But he was now is his wonderful guitarland where he is making these chords and these sounds that makes us go to another show, and another show...

Charlie - did I forget about Charlie? Of course not. He was hot as well. As he brought a great yellow jacket for the small stage, he had to throw it away following the hot performance of the opening song "Whip" down there. Sure he was hot.

Another show is due on Saturday. The follow-up show is usually better than the first one. So if the first SuperDome show was a follow-up to the Enmore, then it will be double-great tomorrow!

Review by Marco Peper (Holland)

HOT HOT HOT! The Stones were on fire! They were rocking the Sydney Superdome straight from the start. And they really had fun. But Keith had the most, so it seems. He was like "well I have spent a few days on the beach, now give me back my guitar, a stage, and a wild audience". He got it all in Sydney. On top of that his daughters came to visit him front of stage during Thru And Thru, wich was one of the highlights this evening. Keith just never stopped kickin' & lickin' yesterday. Before They Make Me Run: he performed it like he just wrote a day before, overviewing his life.

Also a big hug for Lisa. She was dressed up in this spectacular pink dress and seemed to have forgotten to put on the rest of her clothes. She was lickin' in her own special way. And off course during Gimme Shelter screaming the roof off.

This show we got the missing jewels of the Enmore, like Jumping Jack Flash. The Let It Bleed theme gave us Bitch which was very powerfull. And Don't Stop is still growing, don't know where it ends. It's groovin' like Tumbling Dice, a real dirty lick, a kinda slow beat, and a preaching Mick.

Not too much about Mick this show. He is doing his prefect job every single show! But the Superdome-1 was all Keith'.

Good to be here, good to be anywere....

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