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The Rolling Stones
Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI
Thursday, September 8, 2005

The set list

  1. Start Me Up
  2. It's Only Rock'n Roll
  3. She's So Cold
  4. Tumbling Dice
  5. Rough Justice
  6. Waiting On A Friend
  7. You Can't Always Get What You Want
  8. All Down The Line
  9. Night Time Is The Right Time (with Buddy Guy)
    --- Introductions
  10. The Worst (Keith)
  11. Infamy (Keith)
  12. Miss You (to B-stage)
  13. Oh No, Not You Again (B-stage)
  14. You Got Me Rocking (B-stage)
  15. Honky Tonk Women (to main stage)
  16. Sympathy For The Devil
  17. Paint It Black
  18. Brown Sugar
  19. Jumping Jack Flash
  20. Satisfaction (encore)
Show start :  9:10 pm
Show end   : 10:55 pm


Comments by Rich and Karen Kaczmarek

The legendary Buddy Guy opened the show with a 45-minute set.

The Stones replaced Back of My Hand with Waiting on a Friend. Mick said that the song will be on the MTV Hurricane Relief show. Buddy Guy joined the Stones onstage for Night Time is the Right Time. The Stones were thrilled to play with him. Both Keith and Ron shook his hand and Buddy gave Mick a big hug. It was fun to see this one. Very much a highlight of the tour. If you liked it before, imagine adding Buddy Guy to the mix. Keith introduced The Worst with the usual "it's good to be here, it's good to be anywhere," then added "as usual."

Paint it Black was another highlight. Mick and Keith gave each other a high five after it.

It's a lot of fun to see the wide range of people at these shows -- there's the under age ten set up through people into their 70s. Everyone comes out after the show singing their favorites and "Dancing in the Street."

There was a story in one of the local papers today entitled "Should there be a retirement age for Rock 'n Roll". We didn't buy the paper. The answer is obvious.


Review by Dean Goodman

The Rolling Stones delivered a perfunctory set literally lacking fireworks at the Bradley Center on Thursday, racing through 20 tunes in just over 105 minutes. The main stage was barely five feet high, and the small stage maybe three feet, giving the show an intimate theater-like quality at least to those in the front. The people in the expensive seats halfway back on the floor might not have been as thrilled. While it seemed that everyone was wearing a Stones t-shirt, the crowd didnt seem very energetic, and the Stones responded in kind, ditching the audience participation segments of tunes like Brown Sugar and You Cant Always Get What You Want. There was no lengthy jamming on Jumpin Jack Flash, the final song of the main set, and Satisfaction, the encore. Between those songs, they didnt even bother leaving the stage, just milling around behind Charlies kit.

Highlights included Paint It, Black proof that they dont need to dig too deep into the catalog to come up with infrequently played crowd-pleasers; (Night Time is) The Right Time featuring opening act Buddy Guy; and Waiting on a Friend -- which they taped for MTVs Hurricane Katrina telethon on Saturday. No great surprises among the first few songs, and it wasnt hard to get the feeling that even casual fans were wondering why they seem to play the same songs every tour.

Mick strapped on his acoustic guitar for Waiting on a Friend, telling the crowd beforehand that it was going to be taped for MTV Networks Hurricane Katrina telethon on Saturday. For some reason, he felt the need to advise us that his intro for the song was off-script, So much great music has come out of New Orleans, and were gonna try and give a little back. Im not quite sure what relevance this song has to the Crescent City. Interestingly, they rehearsed Shine A Light during the soundcheck, which might have been a more poignant choice.

Guy strolled out on stage for (Night Time is) The Right Time, and Keith and (especially) Ronnie were fawning over him like two horny teens meeting Pamela Anderson. The blues veteran stepped into the spotlight for a solo, and just as he was building up to a blazing climax with Ronnie signaling to Mick to let him play on one of his guitar strings broke. Climax postponed. At the end of the song, Ronnie kissed him on his bald head, and Mick hugged him.

One observation about the small stage set. The techs need to remove the Perspex screens on either side of Charlie so that we cant see the set list written on them, and also so that Charlie can smirk and roll his eyes at us, unencumbered, just like he used to in the old days.

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