It's Only Rock'n Roll
The weather was really nice the whole day, until Maximo Park started to play. the same instant they entered the stage, it started to rain! But it held up as soon as they were finished. The time between Maximo park and the Stones seemed like an eternity. And the crowd (including myself) got more and more tired of waiting for each minute that passed! But all of a sudden, something happend on the big monitor on the stage! And everything was forgotten when Keith came running out playing Jumping Jack Flash! A great opening song by the way!
Next came IORR. Lets just say it was hard not to sing along! ONNYA was alot better than I had imagined it would be! A really great "live" song. The crowd went crazy when the keyboard guy started playing lets spend the night together! Mick was ofcourse running like a madman around the relatively small stage. I have never been a big fan of All down the line, but hey, as long as it was the stones up there on the stage playing it, I was alright with it! Streets of love was incredible! I went to the concert with my girlfriend a it was an amazing song to hear with her by my side. Midnight Rambler was probably the biggest surprise for me. It really is a great song! And it ended up being one of the highlights for me! Tumblin dice was ofcourse great!
Keith was in a great mood and he said that he was glad that he finally managed to get to Bergen, even though it took him some time. My girlfriend really liked Slippin away, but I would rather have heard Happy from Keith. The coolest part of the entire concert was without a doubt when they came riding out into the crowd on a small portable scene! We were standing just a few meters from the stageway and really came close to the band! Miss you was simply awsome! When Keith started playing the riff from Start me up the entire crowd just lost it! On the way back to the main stage, they played Honky tonk woman. Its something about having The Rolling Stones two meters away playing Honky tonk woman that marks you for life! I will always remember that moment!
And from there on in, it was pure gold! Sympathy for the devil was nothing less than legendary! Everything turned red and foggy! An amazing experience! Painted black was one of the songs I was really hoping for! It is one of my favorite Stones songs! I can assure you I sang along through the whole song! Brown sugar was also very good! YCAGWYW is an amazing song! It has to be the perfect live song! The stage went purple and absolutly everybody sang along with Mick! But in the end, the absolute highlight for me, was the greatest rock'n'roll song ever made! The one, the only, Satisfaction! I can honestly say I was 1000% satisfied after that one!
This was my first Rolling Stones concert, but hopefully not the last! I still can't belive I have seen the greatest band through the history live! For everyone out there that havent been to a Rolling Stones concert yet, GO! Before its too late! It really is alright! Infact, its a gas!
The Rolling Stones� concert in beautiful, but rainy Bergen, 1st of
September 2006 was amazing. This was my 9th Rolling Stones-concert since
1982, and once again the band blew me away. I was lucky (and wealthy
enough) to score a Golden Circle-ticket and had great views of the main
stage. Soundwise it was just fantastic right from the the first song
(Jumpin�Jack Flash) with loud guitars, hard drums, distinct bass and
clear vocals. Later on the horn section made a powerful contribution.
I will mention just a few highlights:
The triumvirate of All Down The Line, Streets of Love and Midnight Rambler. ADTL was really cooking. The interplay between Richards�rhythm and Woods slide-guitar was brilliant and the horns joined in on the main riff. Streets of Love was very well played. Jagger�s singing was really great and so intense. The Hardest Working Man in Show Business took this ballad and the audience of 20 000 to another level. This pop-ballad was followed by Midnight Rambler. What a change! From the radio-friendly SOL of 2005 to the scary, bluesy, 9-minute rock�n roll-opera of 1969! MR was delivered with finesse and power. The interplay between Jagger�s harmonica, Richards�rhythmguitar, Watts�hard and swinging drums and Jones�basslines was so strong and fluid.
Slipping Away - I really hoped for This Place is Empty from A Bigger Band, and was a bit disappointed when I heard Mr. Richards introduced SA. But what a brilliant and heartfelt performance! (During his "speech" Richards made a variation over his "glad to be anywhere-joke". He said: "It took me a while to get here (with a reference to the palm-climbing story, himself bursting out in laughter and then added:) It takes me a while to get anywhere!")
Brown Sugar - a smoking version. Richards�guitar was loud and powerful, and he added all the details in his riffmastery. Bobby Keyes did some classic sax-playing at the end of this great number. Lisa Fisher�s wild and sexy dancing during this number added to its brilliance. Brown Sugar...
You Can�t Always Get What You Want - Richards�opening riff and the horn coming in was so tasteful played. At this moment Jagger had been dancing, running and singing for over 1 1/2 hour, but he sang this breathtaking number so beautiful.I don�t know the name of the guy who played organ on this number (he stood behind mr. Leavell) , but it was very well done and gave a new dimension to the "soundpicture" this night.
It was a great experience to see them on the moving B-stage. From the Golden Circle I saw them on quite a distance from behind, and had the sound from the main stage. The rain was pouring down, Jagger worked his ass off, and the whole band was cooking and thriving.
I very seldom cry, but sometimes I do at funerals, and when friends and relatives pass away. At rainy Koengen in Bergen I couldn�t help my tears from falling twice. First after Midnight Rambler, and second when Jagger, Watts, Wood and Richards made their final bows. I was so grateful and deeply moved. Go and see this band if you can, before they are Slipping Away!
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