It's Only Rock'n Roll
The Rolling Stones : 10:15pm - 12:15am
IORR show comments:
If you can't go to Argentina to see the Stones then a show in Spain is a great alternative. As close as you get to the magic at River Plate Stadium Buenos Aires...
At 8pm the Olympic stadium in Barcelona was almost empty. The fans were still having drinks and meals in nearby bars and restaurants. At 9pm it still looked empty inside. May be 15,000 people. Why? Because the tickets and the posters promoting the show said "The Rolling Stones 22:00". No need to hurry. Enjoy your meals and drinks. This will be a late show!
The show started a quarter past ten. The stadium had filled up rapidly during the last hour. There were may be 35,000 or 40,000 people inside. Half an hour before the Stones were on you could sense the special magic of the night - the fans were singing oe - oeoeoeoe. Hands in the air. Expectations. Emotions. Can't wait for them to show up...
And there they were. Keith strong and powerful opening the show. Charlie and Ronnie showing up at the same time. Mick jumping and strutting few seconds later. His voice was dry and sounded like he was about to catch a cold. First two songs and it was the same. But then it was all false alarm, his voice got stronger and clearer as the show went on. No worries.
Keith kept a low profile on the first few songs, but as the show went on he came on stronger and stronger. He was great on the B-stage and fantastic on Sympathy, Jumping Jack Flash, Brown Sugar and Satisfaction.
Ronnie was introduced by Mick as The Rhembrant of rock. The Goya of guitars. And sure Ronnie was excellent tonight. Not making so much clowning around anymore but sure he is fantastic on every song they play these days.
"Streets Of Love" was magic. Great version. Mick strong on the vocals. The crowd singing along and making another magic moment.
"Midnight Rambler" made the crowd go crazy. Singing, dancing, the band was jamming along, Mick said "publico fantastico" and sure that was how this night was.
When Mick was out on the Ronnie side wing during Tumbling Dice someone threw an Argentina flag to him. Mick gracefully picked it up, carried it back to the main stage, kept it while still singing, then placed it with Charlie's drums. Shortly after Keith did the same trip and picked up a Stones T-shirt.
Keith got a five minutes ovation as he took center stage for his set. The crowd was singing oe - oeoeoeoe - and Keith for sure had a moment where his eyes got wet of emotions. Muchos Gracias he said. I have a show to do. Then he did the most powerful version of "You Got The Silver" ever done on stage. I mean this was absolutely magnificent. His voice was outstanding and his interpretation was unique. Thank you Keith please keep the song in the set. Ronnie did all the guitar playing of course, backed by Blondie. Keith without any guitar as usual.
The B-stage had "Respectable" as the absolute highligt. Everybody was on their feet jumping and dancing.
The last four songs were played with maximum power and intensity. Best part of the show and a joy to see the fans dancing along. Perfect start of Satisfaction, and luckily they had opened up so that the hundreds waiting oustide the golden circle could come inside and much closer for this great closing song of the night. As the two hours show finished a quarter past midnight, we knew Spain had got the best show of the European tour - so far!
It has been a fantastic show. Start me up, Rough Justice, Let's spend the night together (Mick was great there). Ain't too proud to beg was a big suprise because I have not had the occasion yet to hear it live and I could not belive it. We have heard very weird songs they have played quite few times... You got the Silver for example where Keith was singing without guitar and Ronnie playing the acoustic (keith "Sparrow" also played I wanna hold you). Before singing these two songs all the crowd started shouting and applausing Keith during two large minutes. Keith was quite suprised and happy.
The Stones have played a terrific "Midnight Rambler", Rocks OFF (Mick was great then), from Bigger Bang they played Rough Justice like the most of the cities but the suprise was Streets of Love.
Lisa Fischer was great in the James Brown version (I�ll go crazy) and when they went to the "stage B" they have played. amongs others, It's only rock and roll, Honky Tonk Women and I think that Respectable too. but the sound was not very good being there very close to first line of "stage b". And then I took the great pictures as seen below. People went mad and It was quite difficult to take those pictures but for me it was again another dream to see the stones very close... not as close as when I see them on the Urban Jungle Tour in 1990 (being 18 years old - 17 years ago-) when I was just in the first line and I had the opportunity to appear on the TV when the show was passed in a Spanish TV (T5). I still have the videotape and I can't recognise myself (so young!).
My great surpise was Tumbling Dice, one of my favourites Stones�s song ever that I have seen they have only played in Lyon during this tour.
What more... the same fantastic songs we always want to hear and that they are obliged to play: Sympathy, Brown Sugar, Satisfaction and Jumpling Jack Flash.
To sum up, fantastic show. I go to bed.. se if I can sleep. Madrid and Rome are wating for me ... and the Rolling Stones too.
And finally it was time for "Start me up" - the audience danced and sang from the very first moment. Many young people there. Mick in great shape as ever, liked his vocals on "Streets of love", one of two "New" songs on this tour (The other one was "Respectable", perfectly played on the B-stage).
Keith got better and better after the first songs and, after minutes of ovations for him, he gave us "You got the silver" in a way I�ve never heard before (it was even better than in Lyon). You just had to close your eyes and listen - it was so full of emotions. Just love that guy! Many things were thrown on the stage, one time Mick acted like dribbling with a football - Barcelona and football....
We got another great "Rambler", one of my favourites. They could play it each show. "Satisfaction" as the encore started with a "Pre-Intro" before the Riff - a Bassriff played - sounded great. The crowd really was enthusiastic - we all had a lot of fun. See you all in San Sebastian!
Stadium was not sold out but the 90� ares where I was it was packed with hard core fans from all over. It surprisred me how many argentinians where attending the show !
Midnight Rambler for me was the highlight Mick was gerat on harmonica. Also loved Rocks off and Ain't too proud to beg. Miss you was horrible.
KEITH: wasn't looking to good but Was feeling really well. He still can riff !
RON: was he there ?
MICK: the incrediboy !
CHARLIE: the best insurance you could get.
Bye Barcelona Hell� Donosti !
The Rolling Stones always give us splendid shows. The night was perfect. Mick jumping and running and singing, Ronnie playing, Charlie making a drum solo and Keith with the present for us.
And the people singing and jumping and going mad all the time.
The next is San Sebastian.
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Photos by IORR, Jordi S�nchez and Manuel Espinosa Cazallas.