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The Rolling Stones
Nya Ullevi, Gothenburg, Sweden
Friday August 3, 2007

The set list

  1. Start Me Up
  2. Let's Spend The Night Together
  3. Rough Justice
  4. Ain't Too Proud To Beg
  5. Let It Bleed
  6. You Can't Always Get What You Want
  7. Midnight Rambler
  8. I'll Go Crazy
  9. Tumbling Dice
    --- Introductions
  10. You Got The Silver (Keith)
  11. I Wanna Hold You (Keith)
  12. Miss You (to B-stage)
  13. It's Only Rock'n Roll (B-stage)
  14. Satisfaction (B-stage)
  15. Honky Tonk Women (to main stage)
  16. Sympathy For The Devil
  17. Paint It Black
  18. Jumping Jack Flash
  19. Brown Sugar (encore)

Toots & The Maytals (warmup)  :  7:55pm -  8:45pm
The Rolling Stones            :  9:45pm - 11:40pm

IORR Comments:

Keith was great through the show and spend most of his time on "Keith side", which means the show was at the same or may be even higher level than the show in St Petersburg. Ronnie delivered his usual sharp solo playing which have been his trademark on this tour. Mick was running and singing through the show and even if his voice now must be pretty stressed it does not seem like he is saving it any way for the next show. Charlie kept the double beats thundering out at this excellent fully sold out venue - he did not really miss Keith not being close to him as much as he use to. The Gothenburg crowd is known for being a great crowd. The previous Gothenburgt show in 1998 was among the best then too.

Midnight Rambler was as great as it use to be, with the crowd enjoying the bluesy raw riffs, Mick's harmonica, Charlie's hard beats, singing along and responding to Mick as the song developed. And as before Keith saluted Mick at the end of the song by walking over, placing his arm on Mick's shoulder, as saying thanks for yet another take of Rambler.

This is what the press says:
The reporter Dan Backman in Svenska Dagbladet use the title "Better than expected" in his report about this show. This is what this "rock journalist" is writing: "The Stones have never been any real great rock band. If you ignore a bunch of great hits they have written, the fact that they have an iconic status, and the fact that a sold out show made 57,000 fans pay top prices to see this show, (all with great smiles on their faces and very happy with the show - iorr remark), then the Stones are nothing but a shitty little rock band from the 60's." Well that is how the world looks like for Mr. Backham wen he is sitting on his reserved journalist desk at Ullevi writing rock reports rather than leaving his laptop behind and joining the rest of the crowd watching how real people enjoy a rock show. Lars Johansson writing for GT Expressen is using superfan eye witness Ove Tingvall to state the fact that Keith was totally drunk and needed to be supported by Ronnie Wood at the meet-and-greet before the show. Markus Larsson in Aftonbladet states the fact that Mick worked hard but at no use as it did not pay off - the band sounded and acted like amateurs. Thomas Anderberg of Dagens nyheter states the "fact" that Keith needs Ronnie as support on stage in order to be able to perform. All in all a miracle the Stones were able to perform their show at Ullevi Gothenburg, according to the press.

Review by Kjell Carlsson

Hard working Jagger lead his forces to another victory at Ullevi last night. The Stones are still the greatest R’n’R band in the world, although Keith is looking quite a bit tired.

The first part of the show was a bit of a stumbling, the crowd was hesitating in their response. Mick changed it all when he invited the audience to sing-a-long to You Can’t Always Get What You Want. A real heavy Midnight Rambler followed and the audience was now totally in the hands of Mick. Jagger is marvellous in his role as crowd pleaser, this time he even pronounced Göteborg correctly ;-)

Keith started to move and made a surprisingly strong You Got the Silver supported by Ronnie on acoustic guitar. The rest of the show was like a heavy freight train unstoppable rolling down the tracks to the inevitable final Jumping Jack Flash and Brown Sugar as encore, Mick still bouncing around full of energy.

The highlight of the show was when Keith started up Paint it Black, this is the greatest track in the Stones archive. I have seen the Stones in Göteborg every tour since 1970, which adds up to 6 shows now. In ranking this was close to the outstanding 1998 performance.

Maybe this Was the last time, I don’t know.

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