It's Only Rock'n Roll
What can you say? Awesome again. There just to many people out there in most forums who want back the times they even haven't lived in. So stop dreaming the past get ready for this bigger bang adventure it's a bang.
For Albertas country wild horses was nice to hear. The songs are done a bit differently than during Licks Tour. Especially Sympathy is very different. Rain Fell Down was fantastic. Actually all new songs and of course even Tumbling Dice which I would rather seeing skipped was fresh. The support act would have been good, but was much to loud.
I drove out to Calgary to see this show after being lucky enough to get tickets while in Winnipeg. I knew that it was going to be something to remember and it was.
After a full week of relaxation in Lake Louise, they took the stage right at 9pm fresh, and ready to go. Mick was in top form struttin' around the stage doing all the moves he's ever done through his entire career while Keith was doing what he's done his entire career: Ripping out some amazing guitar riffs, and smokin'. Ronnie wood still plays an amazing slide guitar and at some points sounded JUST liked Mick Taylor in the 70's. Charlie Watts: well, what can you say about him really. He is just amazing and always has been even if he's gone through a rough time during the last year with cancer treatments.
Everyone was in great form last night and managed to surprise the crowd with a rockin' version of "Get Off My Cloud" on the center stage. As mentioned in the above review, it was a real shocker to see the entire middle section of the stage lift, and move into the center of the arena. It was just amazing.
I did notice that Brown Sugar was cut a bit short by accident. Mick had just ran the front of the stage to do another " Yeah, Yeah, Yeah....Woooooooo", when the band ended the song!! Mick quickly looked at Keith and ran back in front of Charlie to make it seem as if he knew it was supposed to end.
They had a quick minute or two wait until they came out to do an Encore but, "You can't Always Get What You Want" & Satisfaction was just what the crowd needed to leave feeling completely satisfied. I know that I did but, as always, I still want more. 10/10
What can be said about the Stones on this tour except that they have returned to their very best form to give the world an amazing tutorial in how Rock 'n Roll should be done. There is no question that the strength of their new material ensures that there are no lags in their two hour show.
One highlight (of the VERY many) was the fact they brought out Wild Horses for Calgary, given that it is a western city with a ranching history. Mick even commented that he had "heard Calgary is a town that likes western music so we're going to play a western number".
We took our 15-year-old son who plays guitar and holds up Keith as his idol. There was plenty of Keith on this night and our son didn't sit down from the first chord of Start Me Up until they turned on the lights.
As all the reviews and comments in Calgary indicated, the Stones conquered the city and proved that they still are the heart of rock n' roll.
Thank you for such a great website to review the shows and I did just that for weeks prior to the Calgary Show. If you ever get the chance to see the Stones in a small venue like a hockey/basketball arena in your home town, DO IT!! NO REGRETS HERE!!
Dave Wright - Stones Junkie since 1975
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