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The Rolling Stones
American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX, USA
Tuesday, November 29, 2005

The set list

  1. Start Me Up
  2. You Got Me Rocking
  3. Shattered
  4. Tumbling Dice
  5. Oh No Not You Again
  6. Rain Fall Down
  7. Wild Horses
  8. Midnight Rambler
  9. Night Time Is The Right Time
    --- Introductions
  10. Slipping Away (Keith)
  11. Infamy (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. Brown Sugar
  18. Jumping Jack Flash
  19. You Can't Always Get What You Want (encore)
  20. Satisfaction (encore)

Rolling Stones show time: 9:15 p.m. � 11:15 p.m.

Warm-up act: Delbert McClinton 7:25pm - 8:10pm. Country-Blues artist. Replacing Merle Haggard who was supposed to be warming up tonight, but he was ill. See info on the Delbert McClinton web site.

Review by Robert Guajardo

Good to see Mick and the boys in North Texas. Been eight long years since that not-so-great show in my hometown of Fort Worth at the Texas Motor Speedway. Nice to finally see them in an arena... Pretty good setlist. Hoped for a country-influenced song like Far-Away Eyes or Dead Flowers or Sweet Virginia; got Wild Horses though. Very nicely performed. Mick's voice seems better than the other times I've seen them, '94 &'97. Then again I was not in a clear state-of-mind those times. This time, no drink, and the show was clean and crisp.

They seem to be hitting their stride, which is good because they will be on the road well into next. Might catch them in SA at a rumored show in March. Never have heard YCAGWYW; that was cool and performed well. The voice sounds good I tell ya'. Just completed a 30-day stretch that featured a U2 show, McCartney, and tonight the Stones. Not bad. Oh, and saw Robert Plant twenty-three days before U2. Not bad. Time for rest in the winter. Hopefully can report here in March about a second Stones show. Until then, I'm signing off. Happy Holidays!

Review by Edward Flynn

A cool, crisp evening, perfect for a Mexican food dinner and a concert by Mick, Keith and the boys. This was maybe- a dozen?- Stones concerts for me, at least once per tour since the late 60s. Seen 'em in Dallas, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Anaheim, Vegas, Chicago, Oklahoma City, Memphis, Nashville. Hope to catch them in Paris next year.

Tonight's show was lively, if somewhat superficial. The night's first laugh came inadvertantly, when I overheard the couple behind my daughter and me clucking over Merle Haggerd's "illness"! We got a good opening set from Delbert McClinton instead. Hey boys- of my dozen or so concerts this year, by far the most impressive opening act has been Tift Merritt, for Elvis Costello last summer. She's a country rocker, and very easy on the eyes. Check her out if your looking for an opening act somewhere down the road.

My daughter was looking forward to ANGIE in the ANGIE/RUBY TUESDAY/AS TEARS GO BY slot. We got WILD HORSES (sigh- same as in Okla City a coupla yrs back), a good reading of a song I've heard too often. AS TEARS GO BY would've been very sweet, one I haven't heard live in a poon's age. My treat in Okla City was LOVING CUP, which I'd waited many years to hear. No such similar revelation tonight, thus the superficial overlay for me.

We were in the nosebleed section, across from the stage. I wish I'd had the beer concession- a lot more beer consumed here than at the McCartney concert on the 20th. Stones fans tend to be the rudest in my rock concert experience. And the plethora of white shopping bags! Like a bloody mall, hordes ten deep at the t-shirt kiosks! That many people, with hundreds to spend on shirts and prole caps and pins.... corporate rock reigns. What can a poor boy do?.... ...which may explain a couple of nods to political correctness during the show, such as: leaving the line "Hear him whip the women just around midnight" out of BROWN SUGAR, and the "-and it hurts!" off the end of MIDNIGHT RAMBLER.

Ronnie didn't seem to be smoking at all- good on ya, lad!- and Keith toned the ciggie act way down. I'm a former smoker, of ciggies and the herb, and I have to admit missing the smell of burning herb at rock shows. The cops were out after some tobacco smokers in our section. They were less trouble than the drunks who stood, loudly, until asked to sit for a bit, well into the show (to their drunken credit, they complied) and let the folks behind them see the show.

We were all on our feet from the satellite stage songs on. Highlights were MIDNIGHT RAMBLER, ROUGH JUSTICE, SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL and SHATTERED. OH NO sounded a little flat. The set was functional, nowhere near as visually impressive as the Paul McCartney number. But the Stones brought their usual energy level and sense of fun. If only they'd wander off the setlist more often, and give us some real surprises (TOO MUCH BLOOD? MEMO FROM TURNER? ONE HIT TO THE BODY? SOME GIRLS? many others...).

Many thanks to IORR for the updates. You guys are an invaluable source- kudos! See ya in Paree!!!

Review by Elia Cipriano

Finally, my first show of the tour: based on past tours and expectations, it was an average show that had it's moments. I was impressed with Mick's energy and vocals and Ronnie had a good night. Unfortunately, Keith struggled, especially early on, and his guitar was up in the mix way too much during the first part of the show. Rain Fall Down came off great, one of the best songs of the night and I would never have predicted that going into the show. I really like the added uptempo of Rough Justice, especially Charlie's drumming. Off My Cloud worked quite well even though I had read some poor reviews of the song. Night Time was simply outstanding. My expectations were high for the war horses based on some reviews I had seen, but frankly, Sympathy, after a good start, collapsed under its own weight as usual and Brown Sugar and JJF sounded about the same. I can see where inserting Out Of Control or Paint It Black toward the end like they had been doing would really break up the monotony. The encore of YCAGWYW leading into Satisfaction were much more enjoyable, maybe because the pace of the songs compliment each other. Too bad Merle Haggard cancelled--it would have been fun to see if any guest appearance developed.

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