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The Rolling Stones
Sapporo Dome, Sapporo, Japan
Wednesday, March 29, 2006

The set list

  1. Jumping Jack Flash
  2. It's Only Rock'n Roll
  3. Let's Spend The Night Together
  4. Oh No Not You Again
  5. Angie
  6. Rain Fall Down
  7. Bitch
  8. Midnight Rambler
  9. Tumbling Dice
    --- Introductions
  10. This Place Is Empty (Keith)
  11. Happy (Keith)
  12. Miss You (to B-stage)
  13. Rough Justice
  14. Start Me Up
  15. Honky Tonk Women (to main stage)
  16. Sympathy For The Devil
  17. Paint It Black
  18. Brown Sugar
  19. You Can't Always Get What You Want (encore)
  20. Satisfaction (encore)
Richie Kotzen (Warmup) : 7:00pm -  7:25pm
Rolling Stones         : 8:15pm - 10:10pm

Review by Paul Williams, Adelaide , Australia

A few months ago when a friend told me that the Stones were coming to Sapporo I didn`t believe him. Almost no one descent came here. Most big touring acts only play the big cities on Honshu like Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya. Surely THEY wouldn`t be coming here. The ads on T.V. and in newspapers confirmed it however and started a frenzy amongst Stone fans old and new.

The Sapporo Dome is used for both pro baseball and soccer .It was here that England defeated Argentina in the 2002 soccer World Cup.Tonight was my first time time to see them. The crowd was a real mix of people from those in their 70`s who looked quite out of place to elementary school aged kids who had obviously come with their parents. My expectations were high and they didn`t let anyone down.

Japanese people have a reputation for sitting down a lot at concerts which can make some performers get a little upset(just ask Rod Stewart)and I was worried that everyone would sit down throughout the show, but from the opener: Jumping Jack Flash, almost everyone was on their feet. In the first half Let`s Spend the Night Together was very quirky and uptempo, Angie was a crowd favorite and Mick`s harmonica playing on the epic Midnight Rambler was great. In the second half part of the stage came out into the crowd (with them on it) as they played a few numbers including Miss You and Start Me Up. Rough Justice was best of the new ones in a live setting and I went home completely satisfied because they played Paint it Black and my personal favorite Sympathy For the Devil near the end with Keith`s razor sharp solos.

I must praise Mick for learning some simple, but effective Japanese which he used between songs. He even used some Sapporo (Hokkaido) slang which delighted everyone. Thanks for coming fellas! Please come again.

Review by Motohiro Kubo, Numata-chou, Hokkaido, Japan

Who was able to believe The Rolling Stones come to Hokkaido? I was born in 1962. So it was the first rolling year. And my first stoned year was 1974 with happy LP"It's Only Rock'n Roll ". But that year was very unhappy year for Japanese Stones fun. Because the previous year's discontinuance of visit to Japan made Japanese fun to deep disappointed. After all, our Japanese fun was thinking Stones can't visit Japan. And Japanese made so many like a Stones band. And we spent the night together with imitation Stones band in the small live house. Therefore, in 1988's Mick's first solo live in Tokyo and in 1990's real Stones's first Tokyo live make Japanese fun so many happy!

So I thought The great Rolling Stones completed a dream in Japan. But Stone dream is not stop!!! They came to Sapporo of Hokkaido! Oh yeah! Someone said Hokkaido is only dull pop song country. And me too. In fact the sales of this time's Stones ticket had not improved easily. At last bad dream coming. Tower Records distributed the ticket free of charge. That bad news made me bad feeling. And my hight tension turned to cool down. But it's only The Rolling Stones show! And I love it!

In the Sapporo dome there were 30,000 spectators. If it was full, 45,000 people planned to enter. But it is OK. 30,000 spectators get stoned!

JJF! Oh Charlie's drum is so heavy! I think his drumming style is changing. A light drum might been greatly changed into a profound and heavy performance style. If there is this time's new Charlie, Led Zeppelin can form again! Did an influence of new black bassist change his style? When I listened to "Like A Rolling Stone" in live CD"Stripped", his change was noticed for the first time. And, Charlie's change made the band the one that overflowed in the speed feeling. This had a good influence on the jump tunes of the first half of live. On "Bitch" the horn section and heavy drums made a great chemical reaction! The loudest and sharpest one note tune guitar of December's Children has flown out while narrow heavy drums and jungle horns. There was a scene where the song of Mick doesn't catch up because it was too fast. And new style heavy "Midnight Rambler" made me deep rambling! But only one regrettable for me is lost sexy from "Tumbling Dice". I think that "Tumbling Dice" is more fit with not heavy Charlie's drums.

Of course, Keith is Keith. Especially, at that night his acoustic guitar had expanded a wonderful sound. Therefore, "This Place Is Empty" is good choice. And "Happy"! The timing of his cutting was the same as the groove that had been already prepared internally of us. How many degrees of the noise on the record before the needle was dropped to that record, and Keith came out to my room! The guitar cutting from Keith's "Happy" had already been recorded in me.

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