It's Only Rock'n Roll
You Got Me Rocking: sound was good, performances great--particularly the guitars.
Good rendition of She's So Cold, but Tumbling Dice seemed slow, forced.
Then for the AMA's, Rain Fall Down was disappointing. The first live performance of it in Philly on 10/10 was awesome. This performance made me hanker for the Bigger Bang studio version.
It's Only Rock 'n Roll was good, but not the rejuvenated renditions that were a hallmark of the shows at the tail end of the Licks tour.
Wild Horses finally engaged the crowd, to a bit. Not being a fan of the song, particularly in the Beast of Burden slot from the Fresno setlist, I did nonetheless appreciate Keef's guitar playing.
All Down the Line suffered the same B level enthusiasm from the band that Tumbling Dice did.
Night Time was great, and Mick has improved with time. He truly does hold is own with Lisa now on this.
Keef sang Slipping Away tonight with more feeling and emotion than in the 6 or 7 times I've seen this one before. It was the highlight of the night. Infamy, however, could have been phoned in. It seems Keef is on auto pilot now doing this one--time to change it out.
Only one person was between me and the front of the B stage. Miss You and Get Off of My Cloud--great, couldn't get better. Nice to see Rough Justice that close up.
Honky Tonk Women was good. The crowd did not warm up to the current version of Sympathy for the Devil, but the boys nailed it tonight.
The sound was muffled on Brown Sugar--and the crowd did not get into the yeah-yeah-yeah-woo's nor into the woo-who's at the end of Sympathy.
The crammed the start of Jumping Jack Flash without a break, onto the back of Brown Sugar--it took most of the song to get Flash back on track.
The encore was You Can't Always Get What You Want. Keith and the horn opening was good--another treat on this tour. But the crowd did not now to plug in the choruses when Mick would give the cue--hell, they didn't even know to say the favorite flavor is cherry red!
Satisfaction was good, not notable--except for that is when most of the crowd showed their only signs of life.
The crowd just stood or sat, hardly into it--almost all night. The Stones ought just skip Salt Lake City in the future. Living in Idaho, Salt Lake City is the most convenient venue for me. Howwever, I'll just skip it if it makes the lineup of cities for any future tour.
I was in 20th row and and great view, especially on the small stage. I got right next to stage and Mick was practically sweating down on me. He really worked the crowd well and this crowd was fantastic, more energetic than San Diego. They were in the palm of Mick's hand.
The energy was there but I wish the set list was a little different. Midnight Rambler was missing and that is always a high point. I have seen the Stones over 20 some times and I would like them to mix it up a little more. Still, it was a great concert with good energy. I am going to try and see them in March in Vegas and hopefully with a few different songs.
As for me, I'll take the live event- mistakes and all. It is the unpredictability that makes rock and roll what it is. I am quite confident that I had nothing better to do that night than watch the Stones and obviously had a great time. "Night time", Sympathy, Satisfaction were highlights. Regarding IORR, the "mini set" had a tight time restriction for the AMA and this likely held it down to its standard version.
There were some complaints about the fans in Salt Lake City and I agree they weren't as raucous as some other venues but one's own enjoyment should not depend on another fans reaction (or lack of). I enjoyed yelling my "Cherry Red" but didn't really care that the person next to me didn't. In short, live music is live music. The sum total of the artist and the event is far more important than technical nitpicking. Anyone who has seen the Stones, Beatles, Dylan, Zep, Who, Clapton, Clash, Neil Young, the Dead, etc. (as I have been lucky enough to) understands this. Have fun, its only rock and roll.
Last night the crowd really didn't respond until it was almost too late. Mick and the boys worked the crowd harder than I have ever seen before but got very little in return.
I also live in Idaho but will probably skip SLC next time. The crowd seemed more interested in going out to get beer and then going out to get rid of the beer twenty minutes later. Several people in my section entered and exited the concert 5 or 6 times. It was almost as if they didn't really wish to see the Stones, they wished to be seen seeing the Stones.
At the end of the show, after Satisfaction, the crowd members that had only moments before finally been energized were calling for an encore. The idiots didn't really know they had already had two encores. They certainly didn't deserve a third.
I liked the set list in Denver in 2003 better, but hey, I'm a sucker for "Let it Bleed". Because of the set list, I give the boys an A- but the crowd tanked with a D+.
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