It's Only Rock'n Roll
Show start : 9:20 p.m. Show end : 11:15 p.m.
“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.
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
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.
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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