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The Rolling Stones
Rose Garden Arena, Portland, OR
Tuesday, November 1, 2005

The set list

  1. Start Me Up
  2. It's Only Rock' n Roll
  3. She's So Cold
  4. Tumbling Dice
  5. Oh No Not You Again
  6. Angie
  7. Midnight Rambler
  8. All Down the Line
  9. (The Night Time is) The Right Time
    --- Introductions
  10. Slipping Away (Keith)
  11. Infamy (Keith)
  12. Miss You (to small stage)
  13. Rough Justice
  14. You Got Me Rocking
  15. Honky Tonk Women (to main stage)
  16. Sympathy for the Devil
  17. Brown Sugar
  18. Satisfaction
  19. You Can't Always Get What You Want (encore)
  20. Jumpin' Jack Flash (encore)
Show start :  9:20 p.m.
Show end   : 11:15 p.m.

Review by Dean Goodman

The big news is that Keith ditched �The Worst� for the first time this tour, and dug up �Slipping Away.� This wasn�t a complete surprise as I�d been informed that this was one of four songs they played during a rare soundcheck (the others being: As Tears Go By, Angie and Waiting on a Friend). Observant fans may also have noticed that something was up when Ronnie strapped up on a guitar instead of seated himself at his pedal steel. The performance was surprisingly strong, and Keith obviously relished the change of pace, taking time mid-song to rough up Ronnie�s hair. Before Keith launched into �Infamy,� he rescued a cigarette butt from the floor and took a drag. �Can�t waste it,� he said.

�Angie� also made the set list for the first time since Philadelphia No. 1 on Oct. 10, while �All Down the Line� and �Midnight Rambler� were welcome additions. During �All Down the Line,� one of Mick�s shoes became untied, and he stationed himself in front of Charlie�s kit so that his roadie could tie the lace.

As he did in Seattle, Mick made a point of welcoming fans from Canada, especially those from Vancouver. I noticed during the first few songs that Blondie is playing acoustic guitar, obscured from view behind Mick�s clothes rack. I don�t know why he needs to be covert when we know he plays guitar out in the open on a majority of the songs. As he did in 1998, Mick included a reference to �pussy in Portland� during �It�s Only Rock �n� Roll.�

Mick�s Ray Charles cover in Seattle, a key city in Ray�s development as a budding star, was the best I�ve seen on tour, maybe even his best performance of any song on this tour, reminiscent of his emotional version of �That�s How Strong My Love Is� at the Roseland Ballroom. Inevitably, the Portland version wasn�t as good. In fact, I believe he was out of step with the backup singers when he ventured out onto the ramp to rev up the crowd with his �Baby!� chant.

One other interesting note: after �Satisfaction,� Mick left the stage to get ready for the encore, but the band kept on playing � a cute improvised outro I�ve never heard the Stones do before.

Generally the crowd seemed more enthusiastic than in Seattle, but still very old. Hopefully the "beautiful people" of Los Angeles will make Mick�s job a little easier. The Portland people also responded more enthusiastically to Motley Crue, who continued to impress me with their big, dumb rock -- great tunes like �Dr. Feelgood� and �Girls Girls Girls.� Vince & Co. also shelled out for some pyro effects, while the Stones opted not to.

Review by Michael Sold

Tonite Portland got It's Only Rock and Roll instead of Shattered and Angie and Midnight Rambler which was very nice. You got me rocking was on the be stage and so we didn't get any obscure song except Keith got into Slipping Away for The worst. Europeans heard that most of the time during 2003 Licks Tour.

We had seats right beside the stage and the searching was very strict. They wanted to haved my little camera, but I gave them the accu instead and got it back after 40 minutes. The crowd was not so much into it. It seems like when they do Midnight Rambler they do only 20 songs instead of 21.

Tonite we have more greatest hits than on the two shows before. It was still great fun to see the band coming out and how Mick dances his ass away. Unbelievable. We met so many people up to know. Really good. On with the show to Anaheim

Review by Chuck Green

I would like to add my two cents' worth. This is the 6th time I've seen the Stones since 1981, and I thought this was the best one yet! While I missed the pyrotechnics that come with the stadium shows, the boys made up for that with their own fire. I took my fiancee and her two teenage daughters and they were up dancing and clapping as much as me. I've always wanted to see Angie done live and after 24 years I finally got it. If I have to point out any stumbling blocks during this show, I would have to say it was when Mick missed his cue and screwed up the first verse of SSC. I could have done without that song - I really didn't care for it in 1981 and it would have been nice to have either Rain Fall Down or GOOMC instead. The rest of the evening was a wonder.

Portland seemed to have a good reception for Motley Crue - I wasn't sure how they would be taken as I saw Iggy Pop get booed off the stage in 1981 in Detroit when he warmed up for the Stones (of course then, the next warmup band was Santana who actually came back for two encores that night). My fiancee's daughters were singing and dancing to them but I have to admit, I thought all of the songs sounded alike. It was also funny to see Tommy Lee under a stage riser pounding the floor with his hand in front of Keith later on during Brown Sugar and Satisfaction.

I'm glad Keith did Slipping Away instead of The Worst - it was actually a very decent version and much better than the Tacoma version in 2002.

My fiancee turned to me during Night Time is the Right Time and said "Ray Charles never did it like this". Lisa really cooked and had the audience in her hand. Wow, imagine following this up with Gimme Shelter from previous tours and she would have blown the roof off of the Rose Garden.

Portland audiences tend to be laid back and tonight was no exception, although they were much more into this concert than others I've seen in Portland lately. There were still empty seats on the 100 level even during SMU, but eventually they all got filled. Some sitting during the middle of the show, but when Honky Tonk Women started up (Keith's guitar was much more powerful this time - more reminiscent of the 1975-76 tours), everyone was up dancing and singing the rest of the way. And, even after the last Mick bow after JJF and the boys left the stage, people were still up clapping and shouting for more.

So, I just have to say, wow - how do they keep doing this and keep besting themselves on each succeeding tour? If you have a chance to go, do so -- and I know people who are kicking themselves now that they didn't take the opportunity when tickets went on sale.

Review by Bill Schoenberg

The Stones put out an incredible amount of energy and the set list was awesome. Playing Angie followed with Midnight Rambler was a highlight for me. From the 9th row at the catwalk it was clear to see the entire band play like they really enjoy rocking together after all this time. I think the crowd was ready for it and stood the entire show. Much different than Seattle where I was in the 8th row and felt like the crowd was more like one at a golf game.

The band was technically good and the sound was great at the Key Arena in Seattle but it sure makes a difference when the band can feel the crowd that's into it. Wow, it was expensive.....looking at an old ticket stub for The Stones in San Francisco in 1981 it was $17.50.

Lisa was awesome at both shows and I agree with what someone said in a review from an earlier show...." If Lisa would follow "Night Time" with "Gimmie Shelter", She would blow the roof off the place". I have to say the songs from the new album kick ass live. I really am surprised as my favorite Stones is old Stones. They still have it and it is worth the price to be a part of it while you can. Great job....will see them once more this tour in Chicago. Hope they throw "Sway" in the set but not at the expense of "Midnight Rambler".

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