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Tell Me

The Rolling Stones
MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, NV, USA
Saturday November 11, 2006

The set list

  1. Start Me Up
  2. It's Only Rock'n Roll
  3. Shattered
  4. She Was Hot
  5. Sway
  6. Streets Of Love
  7. Live With Me
  8. Midnight Rambler
  9. Tumbling Dice
    --- Introductions
  10. You Got The Silver (Keith)
  11. Connection (Keith)
  12. Under My Thumb (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. Jumping Jack Flash
  18. Satisfaction
  19. Brown Sugar (encore)

Review by Dean Goodman

We didn't know it at the time, but Joe Jagger died at about 2 p.m. (local time in Las Vegas), and his elder son hit the stage almost eight hours later. The show must go on, indeed. In fact, Mick was in unusually chatty form, helping make the show quite memorable. He noted that it was the Stones' 3rd visit to Las Vegas on the tour ("a regular gig"), and their 13th time here overall. He hoped that the gamblers in the crowd would have enough left over to pay for a t-shirt. He was particularly thrilled that "She Was Hot" went over well with the crowd, and uncharacteristically gave us a history lesson when he introduced "Sway" as a "slightly obscure track from 'Sticky Fingers.'"

He also got a huge cheer when he welcomed people from California (as well as from Illinois, Texas and of course Nevada.) The show, fortuitously taking place on the Saturday of a holiday weekend, probably doubled as the L.A. concert for the California crowd, since the Dodger stop will take place on the day before Thanksgiving, when everyone will be leaving town on one of the busiest travel days of the year.

That's also why it was hard to scalp a cheap ticket to get in. I was lucky to get one in the second-highest row about 10 minutes before showtime. The place was packed.

Keith was also on fire tonight. His vocal on "You Got the Silver" was sublime, and "Connection" was much improved. He even seemed to dance a bit on the former song. My heart skipped a beat when he jumped off the ramp onto the main stage during "Sympathy for the Devil." It was only a knee-high drop, but it's not something I'd want to see my similarly aged parents attempt.

"You can abuse it, but you can't break it," Keith said, for no apparent reason before he began his set. He then emitted an evil sounding "HA! HA!" and explained it as, "That's my way of laughing."

One note of concern. Usually, I spend "Under My Thumb," rushing to the B-stage, knocking over old ladies and beating up security guards in the process. This time, I had no choice but to focus on the song. God, it's awful!! The cheesy, Booker T-like keyboards drown out the guitars, and turn the tune into treacle. The contrast is especially marked when they segue into "Rough Justice," which is such a ballsy rocker.

"Satisfaction" seemed to elicit yawns from the crowd, and "Brown Sugar" ended things on a satisfactory note. The Stones were probably hoping the "'round midnight" line might coincide with the dawn of the new day, but it was delivered about 30 minutes too early.

Review by Murray Gilkeson, LaVerne, CA

This show was particularly stimulating due to the inclusion of several songs which I had not seen them do live such as Sway, Streets of Love, You Got the Silver, Under My Thumb and Connection. The standard inclusions such as Honky Tonk Women, Sympathy, Jumping Jack Flash, and Satisfaction were effective as always, but it was their renditions of Live With Me and Midnight Rambler that set my soul on fire and really epitomize the Stones for me.

Review by Steve, NJ, USA

This was my 13th show of the tour. After being lucky enough to be at the Beacon, I wondered what else could be left. But the Stones did not disappoint. As in the song "She Was Hot".....they were hot, hot hot. They sounded intense and "on" from the first moment. Midnight Rambler might have been the best I have heard, Sympathy was great. IORR was such fun with Keith outdoing Chuck Berry on the Berry riffs. Keith was so good especially on You Got The Silver..... Under My Thumb was a great surprise on the way to the "B" stage, and the last three: JJF, Satisfaction and Brown Sugar(encore) .. well what can you say. A great night.

And now I find out that this all happened while Mick was dealing with the death of his Dad. Having just experienced it, I don't know how Mick did it. Mick, I am sorry for you. Thank you for doing the show anyway.

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