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Tell Me

The Rolling Stones
Wallace Wade Stadium, Duke University Durham, NC
Saturday, October 8, 2005

The set list

  1. Start Me Up
  2. You Got Me Rocking
  3. She's So Cold
  4. Tumbling Dice
  5. Oh No Not You Again
  6. Wild Horses
  7. Dead Flowers
  8. Bitch
  9. Night Time Is The Right Time
    --- Introductions
  10. The Worst (Keith)
  11. Infamy (Keith)
  12. Miss You (to B-stage)
  13. Rough Justice (B-stage)
  14. Satisfaction (B-stage)
  15. Honky Tonk Women (to main stage)
  16. Out Of Control
  17. Sympathy for the Devil
  18. Brown Sugar
  19. Jumping Jack Flash
  20. You Can't Always Get What You Want (encore)
  21. It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (encore)

Show time: 8:45 p.m. � 10:45 p.m.

Review by Dean Goodman

I lost five pounds and gained five IQ points during the lengthy walk through the green and pleasant campus of the venerable Duke University to Wallace Wade Stadium, a venue that isn�t often used for rock concerts these days. Mick said he believed the Stones had played Durham only once before. He seemed to enjoy the collegial setting, welcoming fans from both Duke and its bitter rival, the University of North Carolina, and referring to their respective mascots, the Blue Devils and the Tar Heels. The Stones, in fact, resurrected the Voodoo Lounge devil for a special blue event t-shirt. Later on, Mick noted the Stones had opened the tour in Boston, the home (sic) to Harvard University and apparently �the Duke of the North.�

With the exception of one song � �Wild Horses� instead of �Ruby Tuesday� � this was the same set list as played in Toronto on Sept. 26. The Stones also played �Oh No Not You Again� on the main stage, and �Rough Justice� on the small stage. The storms that had soaked the area in recent days largely held off during the show, and Mick thanked the road crew for constructing the stage in such damp conditions.

Rain did fall steadily when the Stones returned to the main stage during �Honky Tonk Women,� �Out of Control� and �Sympathy for the Devil.� The line �I was out in the rain� from �Out of Control� got a loud cheer, and the instrumental introduction to �Sympathy� was longer than usual, with a few extra not-unwelcome keyboard flourishes from Chuck, while Mick took position on the catwalk above Charlie, allowing the road crew to lay some carpet across the stage � professionally with staple guns. Of course, the rain stopped as soon as they were done.

Mick largely delivered pretty faithful versions of the songs, even screeching �Tell me baby, what�s my name?� like the album version of �Sympathy.� I noticed he was reading the TelePrompter for a lot of the songs, even �She�s So Cold,� which must have some of the most insipid lines of any songs in the Stones canon. Keith was on fire during �Sympathy,� prowling the stage and really getting into it like a guitar virtuoso. The same with his performances during �Tumbling Dice� and �Bitch.� On the latter song, Mick raced over to Bernard to sing along with him on the �Hey, hey, hey� outro.

During the intros, he called out �Ronnie Rah-Rah Wood� and �Charlie Robert Watts.� Ronnie threw his pick into the crowd and I managed to grab it by diving head first over the barricade into the pit. It�s hard to get excited about Keith�s two songs anymore, apart from that possible glimmer of hope that he�ll change the set list. He did at least amend his well-worn intro to �It�s good to see you all. It�s good to see anything.�

No complaints or major observations about the rest of the show, though �Satisfaction� still seems to lack that introductory oomph. Maybe it�s something to do with Keith ditching the pink guitar, a custom-made gift from Billy Gibbons, that he used throughout the Licks tour?

Review by Karl Siever (KSIE), Richmond, Virginia

Durham was my second stadium show this tour, 11th stadium show since 78, and my 15th Stones concert. Without a doubt it was the best outdoor gig I've attended. Wallace Wade Stadium, on the Duke University campus, turned out to be an excellent venue for live music. Somewhat small by stadium standards, it is built into the side of a hill that last night was opposite the stage. From opener Trey Anastsio's first song it was obvious that the acoustics were going to be excellent. There was virtually no echo as the hillside seemed to nicely absorb the sound.

I've never been a Phish fan, but caught Anastasio's whole set. He was quite good, doing a lot of his trademark jamming. His band can play. Phish would, on occasion, play The Beatles' White Album in its entirety. The highlight of last night's opening set was a very faithful rendition of I Am the Walrus from Magical Mystery Tour. I have to say I was impressed. Good opener, and seemed to nicely warm the crowd.

It had rained through most of the afternoon, but the weather broke about 4pm, which fortunately allowed everybody to get into the show and their seats without getting wet. A little shower appeared during the b-stage set, but really didn't effect things much. Actually felt kind of nice, as it was a little steamy in Durham. Anyway, the Stones hit the stage about 8:45, and like the opener, it was obvious right away that the sound was going to be excellent. The guitars were strong, clear and really propelling the music. Daryl's bass lines were nicely mixed and clear as a bell. Mick and Charlie of course were sounding great. It could have been my imagination, but it seemed like Keith and Ron acknowledged to each other on SMU that the sound was kicking, and that this was going to be a good one.

The major setlist suprise was Dead Flowers, with Mick strumming away on an acoustic. Bitch was also in, and really benefited from the good guitar sound. Oh No and Rough Justice traded normal places from main to b-stage. Night Time seems to have become an every-show selection, and Lisa of course really shined. Out of Control made it into the warhorse stretch. The Keith songs and encores were the usual for this tour. As noted above, Keith slightly altered his trademark statement, tonight saying "it's good to see anything". Yuk, yuk :-) Mick's hat selections tonight (I'm sure everyone wants to know) were a red topper that horribly clashed with his chartreuse shirt (c'mon L'wren!) and a black fur (I think) hat that matched his shirt for the rendition of Sympathy. I lost track, but I think he made about 4 wardrobe changes. He's approaching Diana Ross territory! Ronnie doffed a Bavarian-Alpine hat after the b-stage.

I had Upper Right On-Stage location for the show. My first time in these boxes. I have mixed feelings about it. It is a really cool vantage point, and you're very close to the band. It was really interesting to see the back area of the stage with all of the crew and the fireworks rigs etc. etc. And, the sound was very good in our box. You really feel like you're more part of the crew putting on the show, than part of the crowd watching. Voyeuristic in a way. But on the downside you miss a large part of the show also. You get none of the video, or lighting. You don't see Charlie at all. Some of the stage fixtures block your view, and the band rarely acknowledges you. So, you're looking at everybody's back all night. (I'll have to post in the "Implants" thread about my top-of-the-head observations!). In addition, I felt that too many people were booked into my box. And, of course, three of them were quite tall (I'm not). Fortunately, the people with us were quite gracious about rotating rail postions, otherwise I might not have really seen all that much. This is poor IMO for a $250 seat. Plus, you have no concessions (they provide you with bottled water), you can't smoke, and to use the bathroom you have to find an usher and walk up and down four full flights of stairs. You also have to stand all night, although at a Stones concert this really doesn't matter. All in all I'm glad I experienced the On-Stage seats, but won't do it again.

In conclusion, a FANTASTIC show! The Stones are really in the groove this tour. Went to Pittsburgh and Durham was to me better. Let's hope that trend continues!

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