It's Only Rock'n Roll
The Rolling Stones show time : 9:20pm - 11:20pm
In a word: No. Mick did not mention Joe during the Stones� first ever performance in Idaho. This was to be expected. It�s a bit difficult trying to keep the crowd on a high if you want to eulogize your dear dad. So the show went on as normal. In fact, there were no surprises at all. People from the Potato State who have never seen the Stones before are not interested in obscurities. If there was cause for half a raised eyebrow it was the fact that the Stones dusted off 3 songs off the new album. Otherwise, it was the same ol� hits, and the faux rarity �Dead Flowers.�
�We are the innocents of Idaho,� Mick said before launching into �Let�s Spend the Night Together.� He noted that not only was it the Stones� first show in Boise � well, actually, the venue is in Nampa, a nearby city of 58,000 people � but the band�s first time here at all. Later on, he remarked that �the local football team� was 10 and 0, but there wasn�t much reaction to this fascinating nugget.
The highlight of �Tumbling Dice� was a drunken woman who flashed her breasts at Mick. Keith began his segment by saying, �I made it!� and after �You Got the Silver,� he joked, �I hope it was worth the wait.� We had a moment together at the end of �Satisfaction� when Keith played along to Charlie�s improvised jam and then grinned at me with a look like, �Hey, I�m just his guitarist.�
One continued annoyance: the backing vocalists are too loud. Lisa is actually off-stage during �It�s Only Rock �N Roll,� but her voice rings loud and clear. And �Let�s Spend the Night Together� is way too busy. It�s almost like a call-and-response tune between Mick and the vocalists. But otherwise the show was loud, the venue was packed and the crowd was thrilled.
This was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. And despite Mick's personal loss and voice problems, the Stones delivered.
Keith and Ron remained focused for at least the first half of the show and seemed to feed off the audience's energy. Mick's comments about our state, city and football team drew a roar from the crowd.
Dead Flowers, Midnight rambler, You Got the Silver and Tumbling Dice were especially strong. Even Keith's screw up at the beginning of the Brown Sugar intro was forgivable. One of the great things about seeing the Stones live is watching them work together as a band: the gestures, the improvisation, the interplay, even the occasional mistakes. It's great to see one of the greatest guitar players and songwriters of all time totally muff it in front of 12,000 people.
This show was anything but generic. It was personal, fun, loud and extremely satisfying for a longtime and overly critical fan. Thanks to the band -- and especially Mick -- for making the effort to come to our beautiful state.
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