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The Rolling Stones
Western Springs Speedway, Auckland, New Zealand
Sunday April 16, 2006

The set list

  1. Jumping Jack Flash
  2. Let's Spend The Night Together
  3. It's Only Rock'n Roll
  4. Oh No Not You Again
  5. Bitch
  6. Ruby Tuesday
  7. Midnight Rambler
  8. Start Me Up
  9. Tumbling Dice
    --- Introductions
  10. This Place Is Empty (Keith)
  11. Happy (Keith)
  12. Miss You (to B-stage)
  13. Rough Justice
  14. Get Off Of My Cloud
  15. Honky Tonk Women (to main stage)
  16. Sympathy For The Devil
  17. Paint It Black
  18. Satisfaction
  19. You Can't Always Get What You Want (encore)
  20. Brown Sugar (encore)
Nickelback (warmup) : 7:30pm -  8:15pm
Rolling Stones      : 8:55pm - 10:50pm



Review by Richard Lawrence

A great concert! The rain held off and the night was warm. Nickleback were ok but I don't think the lead guy knew where he was. In contrast, Mick asked if there were any people from 'south of the Bombays', from Waikato, Taranaki, or the Bay of Plenty. He does the homework. He pointed out that it was 11 years to the day since the Stones last played in Auckland. It's great when the lights dim. I told the guy behind me that they'd start with Jumpin' Jack Flash. Sure enough, the fireworks went off and Keith hit the opening chords and the lights came up.

Ruby Tuesday was lovely. Chuck Leavell played the piano so well on that number. Midnight Rambler doesn't have the same menace as in 1969, but it was pretty good. There were no signs of fatigue, or 'we've done this many times before'. I went to the Voodoo Lounge concert 11 years ago. The main difference this time was that Keith and Ronnie's guitars rang out clearly.

Keith threw away a cigarette to start singing "This Place is Empty". His voice was stronger than it seems on the recording. My only slight disappointment was no Wild Horses. But everything - Mick, the lighting, the large screen video, Jack the lad Ronnie, Keith and Charlie were spot on. They nailed every song. It was great to see Bobby Keys! Another link to glory days. Mick made sure all the crowd were involved, from the middle aged at the front to the people on the hill at the back. The crowd joined in YCAGWW. They wanted the Stones to stay on stage longer but after two encore numbers the crowd headed off slowly, really happy.


Review by Stuart Glass, Hamilton

A great night out at Western Springs. The weather was good, nice and balmy, a few spits of liquid while Nickelback were on, but all good by the time Keith wandered out just before 9pm.

The stage setup seemed a little less elaborate than the Voodoo Lounge set at the same place 11 years ago. I was up the back that time, this time down front about 60 metres off the stage.

JJF, the first track sounded a little muffled or mono so to speak, but they seemed to sort any sound issue out quick, and Keith and Ronnies guitars belted out loud and clear. Ronnie sounded good although not sure exactly where his head was at (prob doesnt matter). They nailed each track well, Mick had seemingly boundless energy, all over the place. My highlights were Midnight Rambler and Miss You, but it was all good. Good of Mick to mention my province south of the Bombay Hills.

Thanks for coming guys, I know its just another plane, hotel, gig, etc, but it means a lot to us at this end of the world.


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