It's Only Rock'n Roll
Warmup: 8:30pm - 9:10pm Stones: 10:25pm - 00:25am
The opening act garnered the best reception I've ever seen at a Stones show, definitely putting the likes of the Cranberries, Metallica or Brooks & Dunn to shame. Couples were dancing in the aisles, everyone was standing, clapping along.
The reaction was -- initially at least -- a little less enthusiastic for the Stones. A lot of momentum gets lost when the crowd has to wait more than an hour between sets. And Mick and Keith did not exactly work the stage during the first half either. Keith and Ronnie held tight with Darryl near the drum kit, and Mick didn't use the outer ramps to acknowledge the people in the cheap seats until Tumbling Dice.
Mick mumbled a few lines in Spanish, carefully studying the TelePrompTer before each utterance, but this was not a night for off-the-ciff hilarity, which was a pity given the historic nature of the show.
By the time "Midnight Rambler" rolled around, it was clear that the Stones might be losing the crowd, following two new songs (Rain Fall Down, Oh No Not You Again) and Wild Horses. He strode out onto the catwalk to lead the call/response bits, and from my vantage point, the response rate was fairly low. I noticed he ended the tune singing "the one that closed the bedroom door" instead of "I'll stick my knife right down your throat."
"Tumbling Dice" was perhaps the unofficial start of the show, with Mick and Keith finally letting loose, prowling the stage and acknowledging the crowd, who responded in kind.
During the intros, as Charlie walked out a few feet in front of the kit, it was clear that his orange shirt was dripping in sweat. It's not often he displays perspiration, which is strange in itself given his nightly workout.
The small stage was a huge hit. But I thought Keith might lose it during "Start Me Up." He was so busy mugging for the crowd behind the drums that he appeared to lose his place, and was playing the introductory chords while Mick was singing "you make a grown man cry." Keith returned to the front of the stage, looking bewildered and I thought he might lash out at someone. But he quickly calmed down and got back on track.
Back on the main stage, "Paint It, Black" was a huge crowd-pleaser. With its "about midnight" line, "Brown Sugar" was an appropriate choice for the first song of the new day. And during "You Can't Always Get What You Want," with Mick busy working the catwalk, Ronnie took a banana break and shared some giggles with Chuck and Tim on keyboards.
"Satisfaction" was a better version that usual, and the crowd lapped it up. Even better, I caught Keith's pick and had it safe in my pocket while the people around me were crawling on the floor looking for it.
As we stumbled into the warm night about 12:30, the local paper was handing out special Stones editions, with photos from the show.
This is the biggest show to hit Puerto Rico and our new Choliseo. (When you visit PR ask me why we call it the Choliseo) Most tickets where very expensive at $390.50 hey but who’s complaining. (Maybe other promoters) This wasn’t my first stones show and I surely hope is not the last. But the Stones proved one thing we are ready for big shows, Bring Townshend and Daltrey,,,,, Bono and The Edge and we will be there.!!!!!
The stones are now on their way to Mexico, Brazil & Argentina I’m at the office waiting for the next big bang in PR.
Saludos desde PR.
Increible, maravilloso, ya me puedo morir... gracias a tu pagina sabia mas o menos que canciones iban a tocar, las conocia todas... she's so cold quedo increible, wild horses, que no la tocan en todos los conciertos, demasiado. Midnight Rambler, Tumbling Dice... wow... lo mejor de todo fue que el dia antes Mick Jagger estuvo en un pub llamado New Yo Rican Cafe y bailo salsa con la gente, hablo, se quito la camisa.... nada ni nadie, ni siquiera ACDC (mi grupo de rock favorito) los supera.
Ahora mismo son las 4 am, estoy borracho, si necesitas mas informacion hazmelo saber. Un abrazo desde Puerto Rico.
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