It's Only Rock'n Roll
Rolling Stones: 22:15 - 00:15
We arrived with my sister in the stadium at 18h30. Wahouu, lot of people, it was not sold out but anyway, I’m going to see the Stones. We were on the Keith side, about 50 meters away from the stage on the "pelouse". The public was very cool and smiling. The band begins to play at 22h15, JJF! Explosion, big riff, Keith !!!!!!
I particularly enjoyed Jumping Jack Flash, a wonderful As Tears Go By (Mick, what a singer !), Night Time Is The Right Time with a fantastic Lisa Fischer, Keith was so good on Before They Make Me Run ! He sung very well. And... Sympathy For The Devil, fantastic Stones demonstration, Keith was on fire. Mick was perfect during all the show, he is a real high level sportsman. Impressing performer ! Keith was happy to be here, big smile on this face. Charlie is the king. Ronnie was...OK. To be honest, we didn’t hear him a lot.
For me, it was the best Rolling Stones show I've ever seen. I had a good time, for sure, thanks Mick, thanks Keith, I love you. The Rolling Stones were in a great form. The stage is beautiful.
The only disappointment was the sound: too low, especially the guitars.
I feel lucky to have seen a great third stadium show on this tour after Soldier field last september and Paris end of july.
The weather was fine, the sound almost excellent and the Stones at their top. The stage in Nice was higher than in Paris and i could see Jagger's shoes. After the intro and the 3 first songs, Mick says in french that the Stones haven't play in Nice since 1982 then thanks people from Marseille, Lyon and Italia.
Let's spend the night together is new for me on this tour : i think the song sticks more to the genuine version, nice to hear it for the first time this century. Then as a crew member brings a stool on stage i know i'm avoiding Angie : As tears go by with some echo coming from the stands. Like in Paris, great rendition of Streets of love which reminds me of That's how strong my love is from last tour.
A show with Midnight Rambler can't be bad, average would be the worst. Once again the version is awesome. My sister told me after the show the best part for her was SOL and MR.
During Tumblin' dice, as Keith is still on the left side of the stage, Mick, coming from the right stays singing with the back vocalists like Bob Marley used to do it with the I threes. Lisa on Night time doesn't free her voice like in Paris.
I regret This place is empty as Slippin' away is too "deja vu" and Before they make me run is not in my memory anymore.
When Miss you begins, i take all my family and we sneak to the B-stage, 2nd row behind Charlie and Chuck. I encourage everyone to try to get a "B-stage experience".Though the sound can be awful, you got great moments when Mick or Keith come next to your spot.This time, someone throws an hat on the stage for Mick who sees it and puts it on his head, dances a little bit longer on the same place then sends it back in the audience. And i was standing 2 meters in front of it. Later my youngest daughter grabs a mediator (plectrum) from Chuck who, as the stage is rising, waves me back with an eye contact.
It's time to come back to our initial place and believe it or not, we succeed among a french crowd (don't try that in Paris)!!
At most shows, i begin to be bored at that point but today the better is still to come with one of the best version of Sympathy for the devil i've ever seen in years : Keith and Ronny at their best, duelling like mads. The sound is now higher and clearer, i surprise myself closing my eyes just to concentrate myself more on the music and it's astonishing. For Paint it black, Keith teases the crowd : 2 or 3 notes, then an hispanic scale then the real intro...
Standard Brown sugar then a brilliant YCAGWYW and Satisfaction with once again a new intro : Keith plays it with chords instead of playing on one string. For the grand finale, huge ribbons seem to fall from the sky : big effect. Next stop in London for my 50th and 51st shows and i'm 50 this year...
I was quite far from the stage, so far that i couldn't really see the band except when the stage moved: then they were really close!! that was really nice, even though my favourite song, honky tonk women, was a bit too fast ronnie was, as he was in auckland, obviously tired, but still ok; mick still runnin around, dancing and singing perfectly, and added to this, speaking quite good french!
otherwise Keith's part was cool, though 'slipping away' was a bit long; i really liked that song from Ray Charles, Night time is the right time and, i dont remember on which song, the part with lots of old pictures from the stones coming on the screen, that was a good idea
to finish i'll say a word about the warmup from kasabian, that i liked, and this is something very new for a stones warmup for me: the stereophonics had a very bad sound in marseille, and nikelbak in auckland was just crap; this electro-rock band tuesday, though i didn't understand a word of what the singer said, had a good sound and nice songs, really talented people, i'm happy the stones made me discover this band
now i don't know if i'll ever see the stones again but i'll never forget three moments: "you can't always get what you want" in Marseille, "honky tonk women" in Auckland, and "as tears go by" in Nice...guys you're legends!!!
He did his famous ‘head, hearth, balls sign’ to us when he saw us doing exactly the same thing, very cool! We didn’t stand before the hotel (although there were only very few fans outside) but we saw Keith hanging out the famous Pirates Flag the following moment when we were drinking some lovely French wine in the lobby of the same hotel.
We managed to get some great so called pelouse d’or places, second row from the main stage, right next to the centre aisle. I could go on for ages but I’ll try and keep it short.
I noticed that there wasn’t the same chemistry between Mick and Keith on stage as in Paris but the concert was very nice. Ronny was playing very well and he should not receive a 6/10 as published the following morning in a local paper. Keith was in a great shape and I even noticed his lovely daughters looking to their Pirate Father.
Start Me Up was a nice song to do on the little stage and Paint It Black set the public on fire. I must say that this was a very fine concert but I was surprised to hear the audience shout and cry to the people on stage. A guy even shouted ‘kapitalistes’ what’s the same for someone with a lot of money. Same happened when Mick asked the audience whether people were from Marseille… bouhhhhh bouhhhhh.
Nice concert, great band but a strange audience. Looking forward to the next show with reserved seating in the UK!
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