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After standing in the heat for 4 hours, the warmup act „Starsailor“ came up and performed for 45 minutes, a solid show, I knew some of their songs, but we were there to see the Stones. The fantastic intro started at 8.55 pm and we could already see Charlie sitting behind the drums, then Keith came out and started an outstanding version of „Jumpin’ Jack Flash“, followed by „IORR“. Mick said „Es is geil hiersusein“ and the started „Oh No, Not You Again“, definetly one of the best songs of the evening with Mick absolutely on fire, his whole performance was much much stronger than on any other show I’ve seen on recent tours.
The setlist had no surprises, (ok, maybe you can say „YGMR“ was a surprise on the B-stage, but I’d much rather heard „Under My Thumb“ or „GOOMC“) but it was far better than any show I’ve seen in 2003; the sound was crystal clear (Guitars WAY UP in the mix) and the whole set was performed flawless. Highlights were the best „Rambler“ I’ve ever seen, „LSTNT“, „ONNYA“ and „Streets Of Love“, which were both well known, „As Tears Go By“ and „Dice“ and of course Mick, this 62 year old man is simply incredible.
The only dissapointments was Keith’ set because he played „Slipping Away“ and „BTMMR“, just like in 2003 and 1995, „This Place Is Empty“ and „Happy“ would have been better and „Night Time“, a song I never really loved, though it was performed with passion. The b-stage suffered from a lack of suprises.
The warhorses were performed as always, „HTW“ sounds a bit overdrived on the Bigger Bang tour (Note: Mick kept his headset-microphone during „SFTD“ and „SMU“, never seen that before. All in all I can say it was my best Stones show and maybe the last because I won’t spend another 300 Euros for one day this summer.
The setlist had no surprises, (except a rather good version of YGMR). Highlights were a good midnight Rambler (but no any comparaison with Rio, oh no !), Rough Justice, ONNYA, As Tears Go By, JJF, Satisfaction.
The stadium was no sold out (30.000 ?), but the audience was enthusiastic. I think they could change the songs on the B-Stage (not a powerful sound), and stop Miss you and Start me up...
Glad to see them in Europe, but well, not my better Stones show so far.
After a surprisingly easy way to the FOS area with seating tickets, me and one of my best pals had to wait almost three hours in the sun and the exhausting heat of 33°C. Though we arrived quite late we made it almost to the very front of Keith's FOS side.
I was very pleased with the opening act this time, Starsailor, because I already knew and enjoyed some of their songs before the Hannover show. But no band can beat ACDC as opening act from Leipzig in 2003.
Again one hour of waiting but the sun was sinking behind the stadium so there was only heat but luckily no sun anymore.
At 8:40 PM the Onstage guests were lead to their places - a sign of the upcomming show start.
The Intro started and the Stones were finally on at 8:55 with an incredible good version of Jumping Jack Flash. I hoped for SMU as opener but tonights version of J J Flash just rocked!!! The crowd was on from the very first second.
Then Mick said hello in German again "Guten Abend Hannover!" and the bursted into IORR again with lots of energy.
Next was Oh No Not You Again where Keith messed up the start of his solo, but who cares? Again very good crowd reaction. Everybody enjoyed this tune.
While Keith and Ronnie were changing their guitars, Mick was talking in German again "Ich hoffe, euch ist es nicht zu heiß" - (I hope it's not too hot for you). There is just one answer: Both was hot the weather as well as this great show. Let's Spend The Night Together followed. Well played, but I must admit I enjoyed th 1998 versions a bit more. Then Tumbling Dice with lots of lyric mix ups by Mick.
Now Keith and Ron were getting accoustic guitars and I was praying for As Tears Go By. Such a beautiful song in such a beautiful evening. Afterwards Mick got his black Strat and Streets Of Love was next. I really like the live version, it's more stripped down without the strings. I never understood all those SOL bashers, because it's also very good on the A Bigger Bang LP.
The next song was a quite hard version of Midnight Rambler. Nice to hear again, but I hoped for Monkey Man as they rehearsed it in Milan.
Night Time had a very good performance by Lisa again. She did a great job. The Stones were really on tonight which was also seen in restarting Night Time twice not once as usual.
During the band introduction Keith has been introduced as the "Weltmeister im Baumklettern" (world champion of tree climbing) again as in Munich on Sunday,
Slipping Away and Before They Make Me Run were next. Both good as usual. KEITH STILL RULES.
Miss You moved them to the B-Stage where they played Rough Justice and after a while You Got Me Rocking again. I really liked tonight's version because it was harder than on previous tours. I had hope for Under My Thumb as in Milan but YGMR was nice to hear again too as a great crowd reaction could be seen and heard. Honky Tonk brought them back to the main stage.
Sympathy For The Devil followed with lots of fire on stage which made the air even hotter in the stadium.
As in Munich Ron and Keith had to warn Mick not to go to far to the front because Start Me Up made the stage explode again. And now the whole stadium was out of control, because everyone was singing and dancing.
Brown Sugar as the last normal song with lots of "Yeah Yeah Yeah Ohhs" by the crowd.
You Can't Always Get What You Want and Satisfaction closed tonights show.
It was great to see them playing so rough and hard again and that in my hometown. Now on to Berlin and Cologne and London in August.
I started waiting together with my friend Dietrich at the gates from 14:00h to catch the best FOS places. It was very hot (more than 30 degrees) and we needed a lot of water. After catching a good FOS place (Row 3 Keith's side), the waiting and sweating began. It was so hot, that even the security people used a water hose to squirt water to us, the people in the Front of Stage area.
After the support act "Starsailor", doing a very good job (hand made Rock Music), the "Rolling Stones" appeared close to 21:00h, starting with Charlie sitting behind the drum set and Keith coming to the front.
I must say, that this concert was really the best Stones show I've ever seen. I was in Munich last Sunday and I really liked the show, but in Hannover really all fitted together. Mick was in the very best shape, sometimes being really a "Jumping Jack" and with an incredible good voice during e.g. "As Tears Go Bye".
Woody (now again smoking on stage!) was joking, walking around (also to Daryl - Keith Side) and was playing really good soli, compared to the Munich gig. Keith was really surprising me, because the "old Keith is back". He played wonderful (sometimes with a few mistakes, but this is, what makes the rough live atmosphere). Charlie was as good as every times, sharp timing and was playing a great, great intro to "Midnight Rambler" (he is the secretly band leader ;-) .
Best songs in my opinion:
The setlist had no surprises, but the performance of „as tears go by“ was really great. There is one thing I can’t believe: How can a guitarplayer as Keith, who played most of the songs hundreds and hundreds of times do so many wrong notes – he did it in the past already, there’s no dependence on his age or his sickness. In earlier times I read somewhere, that of all bad guitarplayers Keith ist he best-one. Now I believe it and maybe only, because I heard it for the first time, ‚cos of the brilliant sound. Our newspaper wrote today: He played not virtuosly but soulful. That’s it. The whole band, that means the boys and all of the addinional musicians (Lisa !!!) did a great job and I can only say: THANKS A LOT
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