Post by janrichards on Nov 27, 2012 22:15:38 GMT 1
London November 25th, O2 Arena. On stage, The Rolling Stones celebrating 50 years on the road
What a night! The Greatest Band In The World is back with full force. The internet is full of raving reviews and so are the newspapers of the world. The Times UK, as well as all other newspapers in UK, had Jagger on the front page the next day. Quoting The Times “It goes against the laws of nature and reason, but this really did feel like a band at the hight of its powers, 50 years young and still knocking ‘em dead”
This is my personal recollection of what went down at the O2 Arena that night in November 2012. When it comes to live shows I only see the big picture and the mood, I do not get into details. That’s reserved for the collecting part of my addiction. I do not have pictures taken during every song, but here are a few
Post by janrichards on Nov 27, 2012 22:17:37 GMT 1
The stage is rather simple but then again the perfect design for this occasion. The Toung and Lip logo. First picture is taken around 7.45 when the audience is still moving in. The next picture is just before showtime.
Post by janrichards on Nov 27, 2012 22:19:48 GMT 1
No 1. I Wanna Be Your Man It all started with a Beatles tune, I Wanna Be Your Man. Well, it was written by Lennon & McCartney for The Rolling stones actually, The Beatles did a lame version of their own a bit later. Fantastic to hear this very early song for the first time. Issued as a single in November of 1963.
Post by janrichards on Nov 27, 2012 22:22:00 GMT 1
No 2. Get Off Of My Cloud This is my number one favorite of all early Stones stuff. Charlies heavy drumming was a shock for the world in October 1965 when it was released. I had never heard it live before, even though I was close during the last tour, A Bigger Bang. I saw seven Bangs but Cloud was never done on any of them. Now finally I can say that I have seen / heard it. A very solid version with Charlie still beating the drums like he did in 1965. “Hey You Get Off OF My Cloud” O2 was singing so that the roof almost went off, and we are only in to the second song of the night. I lost control so there are no good pictures of this one
No3 It’s All Over Now Another classic from June of 1964. Fantastic playing of Ronnie. Still shaking after Cloud so no good pictures from this song either
Post by janrichards on Nov 27, 2012 22:22:54 GMT 1
No 4. Paint It Black Fourth song into the set and I get PIB. This one has been in my top three all time favorites for the past 25 or so years. Always fantastic to hear it live. Fantastic guitar work again by Ronnie and Keith who got the intro almost correct.
Post by janrichards on Nov 27, 2012 22:23:54 GMT 1
No 5. Gimme Shelter I am so glad that they have but back my number one favorite song in the set list. This is one of the best rock songs ever made. It was sadly missing from the set list during the last tour. Keith got the intro right on this one as well! I am shocked, Keith has got EVERYTHING right so far! What is going on here? Is Keith back or what? Mary J Blige, a modern young soul singer took the stage together with Jagger for this one. Well, nice that Jagger likes to stay in touch with young singers and so, but she did not even get close to the versions Lisa used to sing on previous tours. Rather weak performance from the guest singer, but then again, that is just how it is today. You can do whatever you want with a voice in the studio and on the computer, but to do it live..nah. Modern music is so far from quality that you can get. Anyhow, she did alright and I was happy to get Shelter live again.
Post by janrichards on Nov 27, 2012 22:27:07 GMT 1
No 8. All Down The Line. Now we are rocking and the V8 engine is roaring on full speed. Lights and guitars all over the place. Fantastic pictures on the video screen behind the band. I actually lost connection with them boys and just looked at the video showing all their musical hero's. Guys like Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolf, John Lee Hooker, Lightning Hopkins, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddly, Tina Turner and lots more. Very nice gesture of the band, like here are our roots.
Post by janrichards on Nov 27, 2012 22:27:58 GMT 1
No 9 Going Down A rock standard not originally done by The Stones. The second guest for the night, Jeff Beck is on stage. We get into serious heavy blues-rock with a lot of heavy riffing from Beck. Keith gets a bit stressed and does a heavy riff of his own, just to show that how it is supposed to be done. Keith is back on track after ten or so years in the forest.
Post by janrichards on Nov 27, 2012 22:28:18 GMT 1
No 10 Out Of Control
I am glad that Out Of Control made it into the set list as only one of three from the past 25 or so years made it. The two other ones being the new 2012 songs. Control was the highlight in all gigs during the Bridges To Babylon tour 1997-1999. So much of energy all over the place. They tried to get it going again in 2005 as it was included in the set list for the opening nights of the A Bigger Bang tour but dropped very fast as it did not really work out as good as during Bridges. But on Sunday it was smoking hot again. Guitars all over the place, lots of lights AND Jagger all over the place as well.
Post by janrichards on Nov 27, 2012 22:28:55 GMT 1
No 11 One More Shot
A brand new song recorded in Paris in September 2012. Not a song that will be remembered ten years from today, but a fresh one to hear as it adds something new into the set. This was the first time it was performed live for a big crowd. It was also done during the two club shows i Paris a few weeks back. Again, Ronnie did a good job on the solo.
Post by janrichards on Nov 27, 2012 22:29:19 GMT 1
No 12 Gloom And Doom
Another new song from the September Paris recordings. This is a classic Keith riff song and it was working really well live. A driving beat pushing forward all the time. Jagger joined in on guitar as well. Nice stuff on the video screen behind them.
Post by janrichards on Nov 27, 2012 22:29:49 GMT 1
No 13 It's Only Rock'n Roll
Now this was something everyone had been waiting on for 20 years. The lights went dark blue and we could see another guy walking out on stage. Mick then introduced the next guest “Please welcome a former Stones member: BILL WYMAN” IORR kicked in and the lights hit the new guy on stag, William Perks himself. The arena went bananas and so did I. William is better know as Bill Wyman for most Stones fans. Bill left Stones in 1994 and this was the first time he was on stage together with his friends since leaving the band. The whole concert shifted into a new high gear as Bill’s bass was pumping like it did many years back. You could actually hear a huge difference in the sound. Bills bass together with Charlies drums has to be one of the best rhythm sections in the history of rock. He has not yet learned to dance so he pretty much stood at the same place during the song, but you could see a smile on his face. I think he really appreciated the occasion to be back home again. Not only Bill was smiling, so did Keith Ronnie and Charlie as well. Keith nailed the riffs just as back in the 70’s and Jagger was running all over the place again. After the song both Keith and Ronnie went over to Bill for a hand shake