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The Rolling Stones
Metlife Stadium show #1
East Rutherford, NJ (near NYC) USA
Thursday May 23, 2024

The Rolling Stones live at Metlife Stadium show #1 - East Rutherford, NJ (near NYC) USA - May 23, 2024 - Photo by Bjornulf Vik

The set list

  1. Start Me Up
  2. Get Off Of My Cloud
  3. Shattered
  4. Angry
  5. It's Only Rock'n Roll
  6. Wild Horses (Vote song)
  7. Mess It Up
  8. Tumbling Dice
  9. You Can't Always Get What You Want
    --- Band introductions
  10. You Got The Silver(Keith)
  11. Little T&A (Keith)
  12. Sympathy For The Devil
  13. Honky Tonk Women
  14. Miss You
  15. Gimme Shelter
  16. Paint It Black
  17. Jumping Jack Flash
    --- Band off stage
  18. Sweet Sounds Of Heaven
  19. Satisfaction

Live pre/post show comments:

Metlife Stadium show #1 East Rutherford, NJ (near NYC) USA - Thursday May 23, 2024 - The Rolling Stones Hackney Diamonds Tour

Review by Russ R

I’ve loved this band almost my whole life and have seen them about 35 times over that time starting in 1972. I’ve been awed and I’ve also complained.

But last night was just a joyous night of singing along, dancing and reveling to one of the greatest bands and song catalogs of all time. I’m not going to quibble. Not at this stage.

All in all I loved the set list (start me up, get off my cloud, shattered…that’s a knockout start). There were no surprises but it really didn’t matter.

They sounded great and I was floored how concise and powerful Keith’s soloing was throughout the night, no meandering, no lost ways. Just joy.

Another thing I appreciated: how certain war horses I’d grown weary of just rocked and totally won me over all over again: you can’t always get what you want and Tumblin’ Dice to name two.

My highlight: Gimmie shelter. It’s my fave Stone’s song but I’ve always struggled to love it live without Mick Taylor’s soloing. But last night it sounded absolutely powerful and spine tingling in its own right. I was almost in tears.

For me the show was as much about mortality and transcending it as anything else. They are older, I am older…and it will all stop someday not that far in the distance. And yet the flame and the joy are as powerful as ever and kicking ass. And I can’t wait to enjoy more at Sunday night’s show.

I hope you all get a chance to see them.

Review by Alwyn Welch

Do we call this a New York show, or a New Jersey show, or imitate Mick last night and be intentionally imprecise? I had never been to a show out in the wilds of the Hackensack meadows before, braving the Manhattan traffic or the vagaries of the New Jersey Transit system or the huge car parks of the Met Life Stadium. I’ll call it New York here.

New York holds a special place as a location for Stones shows. Along with London, Paris, LA and maybe Chicago it is a city where the band want to put on a fantastic show because of the large numbers of friends and family, media, industry and influencers who attend. Like the song says, New York is “so good they named it twice”, so the Stones are playing twice this week.

I think that playing in front of this VIP audience encouraged a fairly safe setlist last night, with Shattered the only new song of the tour despite rehearsing several others before this show and in Seattle. Shattered of course is all about New York in the 1970s, written also as a theme for Doug Potash and his merry band of followers… It opened the Racket show in Manhattan last year.

Shattered went down a storm in the Met Life – and fitted nicely into what has become a high energy, almost non-stop, run of 5 opening songs. Keith decided not to improvise on the opening riff of Start Me Up, and again they ran straight into Get Off Of My Cloud. I’ve always thought this song referred to New York – there were no 99 floor buildings in London in 1965!

Shattered, Angry and IORR completed that first rush of energy. Like at all great concerts the band and audience joined together in a Vulcan-like energy meld and the enthusiasm all ‘round was excellent. The stadium looked pretty full, right up to the top of the stands, and the feedback clearly encouraged the band to reach new heights as well.

The song vote choice, unsurprisingly, was Wild Horses. That might even prove that it’s a fair vote: Mick again encouraged everyone to vote in November. The Brits in the crowd, there were several, now get to vote in July but I guess the message is the same. We really need a song vote with all rarities please! It might even encourage people to listen (even buy) some rare tracks. Maybe an all HD song vote – to stretch out the band and audience alike?

Mess It Up followed, now settling down into a great live song, played with confidence like a well-established classic. The audience didn’t know this as well as the other Diamonds’ songs played last night, but still responded well. Nice versions of Dice and YCAGWYW completed the first Act of the show.

The band member introductions went routinely, with Mick mentioning several artists (of a painting genre) with names alliterating with New York boroughs, but his scriptwriter clearly couldn’t find one for Yonkers – Ronnie was all smiles anyway. Bernard wore a rather dashing hat; Darryl thumped his chest (perhaps warming up for Mick’s chest bump in Miss You); and other band members bowed when it was their turn.

Next up was Keith, Act 2 of the performance, with a now conservative song choice played very nicely indeed. We go from the delta blues of You Got The Silver to the rock of Little T&A – complete with very strong brass. Keith was on top form last night. He missed the start of his solo on Honky Tonk Women and smiled as Mick reminded him, but never-the-less it was a fantastic evening from him.

For the first time on this tour Mick, Ronnie and Keith made it together to the end of the catwalk. Keith needed some encourage to “come on down” from Mick, and the additional steps extended the song a bit – another New York themed song! Generally the inter-personal inter-plays on stage showed huge respect and team working – no sign that 8 weeks working together is fraying relationships: in fact quite the opposite.

There was some pushing and shoving in front of me when Act 3 started with Sympathy, for no good reason except maybe people pushing-in and then holding their phones over their heads – everyone wants to be a film maker with no consideration for people behind. The local security showed no sign of wanting to calm things down – some of those security would have struggled to get over the barriers anyway. Fists may have been thrown, but I missed that as I headed through the densely packed Pit towards the edge. The Pit was very full.

Shelter proved to be yet another great outing for Keith and Chanel. Then we headed into the proto-punk imagery of Paint It Black, released well before CBGB was opened over the Hudson River in Manhattan. This song is really loved by audiences – it’s the most downloaded Stones track with over 800,000 daily downloads on Spotify alone. Then Keith opened-up on JJF. This was a spectacular version, not too long, bringing Act 3 to a close, and the wait for the encore.

Sweet Sound of Heaven was, again, a great performance. Chanel is giving Mick a real run for his money as a performer: different from her two predecessors and going down so well with the crowd. Satisfaction had Mick on his knees, bouncing, at one point. How does he do that, and run or skip and sing, towards the end of a two hour concert? Some in the audience were fading fast, although an excess of alcohol might have accelerated their decline on the evening. The NJ Alcohol Compliance team, very visible at the stadium, was clearly not limiting consumption.

Mick mentioned his favourite New Jersey diner, in a self-parody referring to his previous mention of it in 2019 – a very contorted “ad lib” on the stage. Several band members waved to friends and family near the front of the audience: one such young lad, who shall remain nameless, was dancing all the time. How proud they must have been to see their relative’s performance last night.

But maybe the funniest comment of the tour so far was about the weather and a certain criminal trial. The forecast for the evening had been thunderstorms (these arrived in the morning so show time was dry and warm), and Mick mentioned that he was worried about the weather, and that they might get a Stormy Daniels… well half the crowd at least found this very funny.

Mick himself got out of synch again, this time on Paint It Black – he was on the catwalk so perhaps the IEM wasn’t working or he got too much echo from the far end of the stadium. It must be tough at times to hear all the band amongst the roar of the crowd. Whatever the cause it took a line or two of the verse to get back in synch, while Keith and Ronnie looked at each other with some concern. It just goes to show that even the Meister-performer can make a little slip and then recover so well.

All the band, without exception, were on great form at this show. Did they all get a memo or pre-show verbal briefing about the standard expected? They don’t need it, because they feel the appreciation that 80,000 people will show on a great night. The sound, again, was excellent. Of course there must be some echo as stadiums are not built for concerts, but that sound team is truly world class – like everyone working for the Stones.

How does this stand up against the shows so far this year. Without revealing my scoring algorithm… I think this equalled Las Vegas. A more adventurous setlist would have allowed East Rutherford Show 1 to take the award for best in class, so far. There were hints of more excitement on Sunday – we shall see!

Review by Witz (aka HalfNanker)

Show # 23 is in the books. My first one was in 1981, when the talk was already “they’re pushing 40, how much longer can they do this?” Well, its 43 years later, and we still don’t have an answer to that! On the super hi def screens, Mick looks every one of his 80 years, but he sure doesn’t act his age. Last night was a family affair for me. My son and I had LDs, so my wife and I took one pair and my two sons had the other. I was thrilled when they pulled pit tix and satisfied when I got side stage in the 100 section (no way we were both gonna get in the pit, right?! So I was glad they got them… since I’ve been in the pit, in the 5th row at Shea, at the Beacon show and 10 feet from the stage at Roseland. It was their turn to experience Mick and the boys close up, and my knees didn’t mind the option to occasionally sit for a few seconds).

As is my thing, as soon as the tour starts I stay away from anything written about the shows to make it as much of a surprise as possible. So, until I got home and read some old set lists, I had no idea what they’d be playing, but for the 15 or so sure things. As with any Stones show, it was incredible. Mick truly has not lost anything. He runs around a little less, but that doesn’t stop him from working the entire stage as well as ever. I leave the song by song review to the others, but here are my observations:

Start Me Up was excellent, but a safe opener. I’d love to have seen them come out to something new. But I did like the call back to “Ladies and gentleman, the Rolling Stones…” Maybe I’m misremembering, but I don’t think they’ve been getting “announced” on their recent tours.

It was great to hear Get Off of My Cloud, such an old classic. Though I’ve now looked at some of the prior set lists, and I think my preferred combo in the 2/3 slot would have been Out of Time/Rocks Off. I always love to hear stuff I’ve never heard live, and Out of Time would have been another notch in that belt.

I knew I’d get some new songs one way or another because I figured they’d throw in at least four from Hackney Diamonds, so I was surprised they only did three, and truly shocked Keith did not do Tell Me Straight. But getting You Got the Silver in his ballad slot was great. I was also surprised to see that it’s only the second show he did two songs. I guess Hackney Diamonds took the hit with the reduced set list. I was very much expecting Whole Wide Word and Bite My Head Off. Those two songs sound like they were produced to be sung live. I’m sure both will be rotated in at the Mess It Up spot in the set list.

Of the fan vote songs, I wish we’d gotten any of the three we didn’t get—Depending on You, Worried About You or Fool to Cry. I honestly think making the fan vote all Hackney Diamond songs might have been the way to go! I now see that Wild Horses won the vote back to back nights. I don’t get why it’d even be on the list 2x in a row. I know it’s a fan favorite, and they did a nice job, especially great to hear Keith doing the harmonies, but in an 19 song set list, I don’t need to hear Wild Horses.

As for Keith’s set, he sounded great. He spoke clearly and knew all (most!) of his lyrics. I loved his “I don’t know what this song’s about, even though I wrote it” lead in to Little T&A (a little nod, perhaps, to Patty supposedly not loving that their daughters happen to also be T&A!). As he thanked the audience for their applause at the end of his set, he seemed to have really enjoyed his set and be genuinely happy with the reception he was getting.

Sympathy For the Devil was as good as ever. There was a moment when Mick came over to our wing and stared to shake the railing on the stage as he sung. Then he crouched down as he shook it, giving off a caged animal vibe. I thought it as great. I couldn’t get my phone out quick enough, as it only lasted for a few seconds, so if anyone got that on video, please post it!!

From that point on it was the obligatory greatest hits run to finish line. I’m surprised Miss You was in the mix there, but I guess it gives Darryl his bass solo and Mick his turn on the harp (which was needed with no Rambler in the set). I feel like the bass can be a boring, but unsung instrument (kind of the offensive lineman of the band), but sometimes the bass can be a really cool instrument to listen to and Darryl does a great job with this song.

Gimme Shelter was a highlight. Over the years it had become wrote, I felt. Lisa had to have her moment in the sun. No one tops the desperation of Merry Clayton’s version; Lisa was more there just to show of her (incredible) chops, but I thought Chanel really put her own spin on it. I much prefer looking at the live action rather than the screens, but I watched her a bit for the close ups, and she had a real angry, almost scary look to her (heightened by her choice of eye makeup). I thought she really enhanced the song, and it was good to hear Gimme Shelter get a bit of a rebirth.

I think it’s kind of funny when Mick asks the audience to help sing along with You Can’t Always Get What You Want, since 75% of us are already singing along to every song! At one point, I thought I heard Mick say “true dat” after singing repeating the title line once. Maybe I misheard, but if not, I thought it was a funny little addition to the lyrics.

Some non-song observations:

It’s a shame they have banished Brown Sugar from the set list;

Keith is not moving around as much as he used to. I think it’s now a misnomer to refer to the Keith side and Ronnie side. Keith tends to stay to the middle while Ronnie works both sides. Ronnie came out to our wing once, but Keith never ventured out to the wings, at all, on either side. But hey, he’s 80, I’ll give him a break on that! Keith comes in loud and clear on his signature riffs, but Ronnie handles most of the elaborate guitar work. He has not lost a thing when it comes to his playing.

Didn’t know much about Jon Batiste, but he put on a pretty nice show. He was one of the few Stones openers over the years who was not dwarfed by the size of their stage, as he used a lot of it himself.

And now if you’ll indulge me, some of my personal stats…
I’ve seen 23 shows aver 43 years;
I’ve heard 501 songs;
of which there were 126 different songs.
I’ve heard 3 songs 23 times (Honkey Tonk Women, Jumping Jack Flash and Start Me Up); and
49 songs one time.

If this was my last show (and I’ve thought that at every show I’ve been to since the Beacon 18 years ago), thank you Mick, Keith, Ronnie, Charlie and Bill (and all the rest) for a great run. Though with the Stones I’ve learned to never say never, and I can’t wait to see Mick and Keith sitting on stools at Carnegie Hall some time in 2030!!!

Review by Grant Bosworth

The Tik-tok diner must be rejoicing as another advertisement from Sir Michael came their way 5 years after his comments about having their disco fries. Now he has a "f**king burger named after me" he told the crowd. Mick announced he is taking Keith and Ronnie to go and eat there after the show this time round - I'm looking forward to hearing the owner try to convincingly explain (read: lie) to local news where they sat and what Keith ate 😉

Anyway, in the words of Keith, on with the show... and it was much better than the previous gig I attended of this tour in Houston. It was a pretty safe set with two of the three rotation slots filled with Wild Horses and IORR - both performed already on the tour, and a welcomebbut perhaps predictable "surprise" of Shattered being played near the Big Apple. All songs were delivered well, Angry was tight and Mick sounded far more comfortable with the vocals. Mess It Up was not messed up this time like in Houston, but I think in a similar vein to when they try and perform Anybody Seen My Baby, during the chorus Mick just can't quite switch his range to where he needs to be.

Keith nailed the Start Me Up intro and the Sympathy solo. I need to confess I have long been an advocate of dropping Sympathy for the last few tours due to Keith's solos but I am beginning to be won around. Instead Miss You is swiftly becoming my least favourtie war horse. Not that they don't play it well, and the crowd love it (more so in the US than Europe I think). I only hope they tighten it up a bit as while I am not against having a harmonica solo, a bass solo, and a saxophone solo, what I think drags it out too much is all the break down and rests around the meat of the song - I.e. the bits before and after the solos that aren't verses or chorus but just jamming. I think tightening this up would keep the momentum more. Could we perhaps get this down from 10/11 mins to 7?

Having been in the pit for my last few shows, this was a new experience being in some lower bowl seats to the left of the stage. They were billed as limited view, but in reality it was only that I couldn't see Chuck, Bernard and Chanel. Mick and Ronnie both came out to the end of the left extension of the stage several times and I think although I enjoy the Pit, in terms of bang for your buck, these seats may win. This also gave me the opportunity to focus on how the video screens enhance the show...

First, the stage being a giant screen is great, it allows everyone to be able to see the the show, often with very cool graphics, and it is far superior to the sixty staging they used in 2022. However... and this is a big however... I was absolutely amazed at how many times the screens missed the key moments in songs. I was utterly perplexed by this given how often the songs are performed and how well the crew surely know what is about to happen. If anyone from the Stones team reads any reviews, here are a few specific examples:

1) IORR - Keith steps up to do his solo and nails it.... and so of course the camera spends the WHOLE solo showing.... Ronnie! Not a single shot of Keith. It is so confusing for the audience because it looks like Ronnie should be soloing given the focus on him, so when he is not, it is just too odd!

2) Mess It Up - the band drops the beat for Mick to have his crowning moment unleashing an impressive falsetto in the line "and I won't lie"... and so of course the camera goes to..... Bernard and Chanel standing around.

3) Tumbling Dice - the breakdown comes with Keith playing the Riff before they build it back up again... keith smiles and basks in the moments... and so of course the camera goes to.... everywhere else!

^ these are not me saying they should focus more on Mick and Keith throughout the show - just on specific moments! There were plenty of times that the cameras focused on Mick as he was looking unsure of where he was in the song, fiddling with his in-ear monitor, telling the crew he wanted increased keyboard/mic levels in his in ear monitor and, more so on this tour than in 2019/2021, spitting on the stage. I just feel given they often the crew see show after show, there could be a much better live edit to make sure those in the audience relying on the screens see the key parts of the show and maybe avoid capturing Mick when he's taking these moments away from show mode.

As always, I would never want anyone to take from any of my reviews that I am not grateful and often in awe at what the Stones can do. Mick in particular is a marvel at 80, I just believe a few tweaks could make each show even more special. Let's see what Sunday brings....

Review by Bob Achtziger

Well, last night was my 234th show and this was MORE special than my 1st show on November 27, 1969 at MSG! WHY??? It was 3 generations of my family attending, my oldest daughter now has been to 13 shows and last night my grandchildren Andrew, Alexa the real "GLIMMERTWINS @ 10 and Aubrey is 9.

They started listening to Rolling Stones lullabies since they were in cradles and in the past 5 years their 2 favorite songs are Get off my cloud and YCAGWYW as they know the lyrics backwards and forward and when we have them over for sleepovers we MUST play these songs on a DVD player before they go to bed.

It was an extremely PROUD moment for me that "Made a grown man cry '' literally when they opened the show with "Start me up" and just watched their dream come true and made me so "HAPPY" they could experience this at least 1 time.

We were a group of 7 along with my wife who has been to 33 shows and my son-in -laws 2nd show so I was also lucky to get 2 aisle seats so more room to dance as they never sat down. SO naturally they had no complaints with the set list but personally I wished the Vote song would have been another selection from the new album as they know all the songs with their favorite being Angry and Mess it up and would have been nice to add one more! It was truly a historic evening with some future Stones fans and 50 years from now they will always remember that their Grandfather a "hardcore fan" took them to their first show. Long Live the Stones!

Review by Michael Getzner

Another phantastic show…

… on a nice and cool evening in New Jersey / NYC! Our friends‘ first ever show, they asked us afterwards which Stones show was the best. Our answer: the most recent show is always the best one, and that is always true. The band is well oiled in the middle of the tour, Keith and Ronnie playing wonderfully. And Mick is still the best front man in the history of Rock’n’Roll. These are legends, and in my opinion they can play whatever they like, we will be glad and happy! Together with their excellent touring band, they put up these amazing shows.

The sound check prior to the show indicated that the band will play Shattered, a NYC hymn - funny enough, some Brits explaining to New York folks their own town. We liked that a lot, Mess it up was also a treat from the new album! Btw, Keith also sang Tell me straight during the sound check, maybe we’ll get that song further down the road?

This evening we also got Get off of my cloud and It’s only Rock’n’Roll… I had wished for these songs to be included in the setlist! With many songs of the evening, they played them with some small changes and new twists, still trying to make the best out of their huge catalogue!

Certainly one of the most beautiful songs of the evening was Sweet Sounds with Chanel Haynes joining Mick front stage. Chanel already had shown her talents in Gimme Shelter earlier!

There are still tickets available for the Sunday show - which will again be a perfect show, as always!

Review by Gerard – Exile Stones

The Rolling Stones were the hottest I’ve ever seen them Thursday night at Met Life Stadium!

“Start Me Up” started the night off and the performance started me up too! I was very happy to be at a Rolling Stones concert since it’s been a while (2021).

The band came out strong and confident. Mick must have felt like he was home in the New York City area. The whole band was very comfortable. I started to notice the band was hot during Ron’s nice guitar soloing on “Start Me Up.” Ron was spot on the entire night playing much better than ever!

Maybe I finally got over my excitement of be present before my heroes at a live concert and fully tuned in to how the band was playing and really started to thoroughly enjoy the concert.

“Get Off My Cloud,” Shattered” and “Angry” were excellent. These three songs had a great laid-back, yet very powerful groove. They way these songs were played, they sounded as if they could be from the same album. They fit together well. It may be mostly the same old songs, but they were new, they were a new sound, they were the musically reinvented Rolling Stones 2024! The way the songs flowed and their new sound, the set list seemed to be in perfect order.

“Angry” blew me away. It was soooo cool! “Angry” was a mature version of the song, more improved than the perfect studio version. Like all the songs that great night in New Jersey, “Angry” was powerful, each instrument was more pronounced. Daryl put extra power into the song. The guitars were more powerful. Bernard punched-up the song a few notches with great vocals. I have to have that live version of “Angry!”

This live “Angry” matured reminds me of the way “Worried About You” matured from its first performance at the Aragon Ball Room in 2002 to DC in 2013 and everywhere in between.

“Angry” was powerful during the soundcheck as well as “Tell Me Straight.”

I was hoping for “Tell Me Straight” as it is the first Keith crooner song that fits extremely well on the new album and is a great song! My biggest hope was for “Whole Wide World.” “Whole Wide World” is my favorite song (at least for the past eight months – I play every day, usually more than once.)

“It’s Only Rock and Roll” was great, but I never heard a bad version of “It’s Only Rock and Roll.”

“Depending on You” was a choice for the song vote. I love “Depending on You” but I knew from a stadium crowd who gets excited over any of the old warhorse songs (Hot Rocks) that a new song didn’t stand a chance of getting picked. I knew “Wild Horses” would be the choice. If I was a casual fan, I’d pick “Wild Horses.” I didn’t get a chance to vote due to work and travel but if I could have, I’d stuff the ballot box with a zillion votes for “Depending on You!” PLEASE PLAY “Depending on You!” PLEASE!

Like every other song played that night, the Stones put all they had into their performance of “Wild Horses.” They certainly weren’t ‘phoning it in.” “Wild Horse was most beautiful. Mick was passionate.

The guitars, the vocals, the drums, idk what to say except “Wild Horses” has been exceptionally great on this tour!

“Mess It Up” started off great. When the song got to the first major change, it got even better, it was tremendous! The entire rest of the song was unbelievably great. It was so much better live. It became so perfect; parts of the song sounded like the band were in the studio (same with “Angry”).

“Tumbling Dice,” my second favorite song in the whole wide world, was excellent. Ron played the lead solo on a regular guitar and it wasn’t as good as his pedal steel.

“You Can’t Always Get What You Want” was amazing. The French horn was a perfect touch at the beginning of the song. Like all the songs played at this concert, the songs were well-structured. They were concise. Shorter. Scaled back. No long jams. They were more like studio tracks but live. Every song seemed very planned out. They cut the crap in the 2024 arrangements and the songs were better than ever!

One thing that made the band more powerful was having a full band, using all the players often but the guitars were dominate.

Many little parts of the songs made the songs more studio-like such as Matt (I think it was Matt) on the piano parts of “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” and Chuck playing the Al Kooper organ parts. Just when I thought the song couldn’t get any better, Ronnie played an amazing, stunning, fantastic guitar solo like I’ve never heard him before! Incredible!

Mick made homage to New Jersey during the show which got a much louder response than when he mentioned New York City, its boroughs and Connecticut. So he mentioned New Jersey again

Mick was concerned about the weather; something about a Stormy Daniels. I’m so sick of that ho, but Mick’s joke was funny. He had more references to New Jersey.

Keith gets up to the mic for his two songs and mentions New Jersey.

“You Got the Silver” was the best live version I ever encountered. Keith was playing, the whole band was playing on this powerful rendition. Keith’s vocals were on! The guitars were on. Ron may have been slightly in Keith’s shadow during Keith’s songs but he played a huge part in supporting Keith and making the songs great!

“Little T&A” blew me away! It was full bodied song with many musicians helping to make the song rich and powerful. Keith started off by saying, “I don’t know what this song is about even though I wrote it.” It was a funny comment. Keith, it’s about tits and ass and soul, baby, and what keeps you going.

During “Little T&A” Keith proved he is still the greatest, a master, an incredible guitar player/music writer. During the first standout part of the song for Keith, the solo, Keith played better than I’ve ever seen him play. He dumbfounded me again when he played his next standout part of the song. Keith was amazing. By far, this was the very best performance of “Little T&A” and the best I’ve ever seen Keith play. I can’t tell you how great Keith played. Nobody could hold a candle to Keith’s “Little T&A” from that night. Chanel’s haunting backup vocals were perfect.

Ron’s solos that night, Keith’s guitar work, these guys were better than they’ve been in decades! The new song arrangements helped much.

“Miss You” finally developed into a great, defined live track. Mick did a nice short harmonica solo which fit perfectly. Daryl honed his bass jam down into a perfect polished bass solo.

“Miss You” featured an amazing dual sax solo by Karl and Tim. Their weaving and playing together was incredible. To watch it as well as hear it is fun and a perfect fit to this enhanced, develop, succinct live version of “Miss You.” I really love “Miss You” on this tour. I loved it in 1981, 1989 and 1978 tours too.

“Gimme Shelter” fit perfectly into the laidback and powerful music theme of the evening. It was a great version of the song. Chanel Hayes gets much credit as she belted out her part amazingly, but more importantly, she was most convincing which all of the others (except Merry Clayton) were not. Watch Chanel, I was convinced she live the rape and murder. She gave me goose bumps.

“Paint It, Black” was the best live version I ever experienced. “Jumping Jack Flash” was very strong. Strongest since Ron has been in the band (maybe).

“Sweet Sounds of Heaven” was anice way to come back with an encore. Great live!

“Satisfaction” jammed a bit, but no long drug-out soloing. Again, very powerful. This version of “Satisfaction” brought me back to the days when the song meant something important. It was like I was sixteen years old again.

Ron Wood, IMHO, rose to super great guitar player from hearing him there in New Jersey and his solos on “Hackney Diamonds.” Keith was a master guitar player, Mick is incredible from the start. Every person in the band gave it their all and each added much to the show.

It seems as though the many recent tours have culminated into a perfect live document. It’s as if the other performances from the past few decades, which were great, but finally has the songs crafted into a perfect live document, and the band was stronger and greater than they’ve been in decades!

You need the visuals of this show at The Meadowlands. Let’s wrap up that show on May 23rd, and have it available in Blu-ray surround sound in time for the holidays!

A special thanks to a great group of guys from Holland who made the day even more extra special and fun!



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Photo by Hendrik Mulder

Photo by Hendrik Mulder

Photo by Hendrik Mulder

Photo by Hendrik Mulder

Photo by Hendrik Mulder

Photo by Hendrik Mulder

Photo by Hendrik Mulder

Photo by Ken Lund

Photo by Ken Lund

Photo by Ken Lund

Photo by Ken Lund

Photo by Ken Lund

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