Post by janrichards on Nov 27, 2012 22:30:22 GMT 1
No 14 Honky Tonk Women
Next up was the classic sound of the cowbell intro and to my delight Bill was still on stage pumping the bass in Honky Tonk Woman. A cartoon was on the screen and Gregory makes his first appearance as a pilot in an old fighter plane. Well, for you who do not know Gregory, that is the gorilla on the new GRRR greatest hits album. The roof of the arena was about to take off again when 18.000 was singing “It’s a hoooooky tonk...”
Post by janrichards on Nov 27, 2012 22:30:53 GMT 1
No 15 Before They Make Me Run
We have passed the halfway mark of the gig and it is time for the fittest 69 year old gran-pa in the world to take a small break and Keef steps up to the microphone. “It’s good to see everybody, It’s good to see anybody” and laughing. On with the show Before You Make Me Run. He sounded so fresh when singing. I have not heard him this good in twenty years. He nailed the guitar parts as well. Keith is back, big time.
No 16 Happy
What would a Stones gig be without Happy? Well, he’s done better songs but somehow Happy just has to be in the set. Again a strong performance with Ronnie on steel guitar this time.
Post by janrichards on Nov 27, 2012 22:31:34 GMT 1
No 17 Midnight Rambler
This one always begins like if they were tuning the instruments and during these first five seconds the majority of the audience is wondering what is up next, but after 25 Stones gig I pretty much knew what was up next. Then it happened. I new guy walks out on stage and I goes bananas again and shouts MICK. MICK TAYLOR. Then only people around me noticed what was happening. We are getting a blistering version of Rambler with Mick Taylor dancing all over the place and using his guitar as only he can do it. This is a historical occasion. Taylor left in 1974 and for a majority of Stones fans 1969 – 1974 is considered as the Golden Era of Stones. Let It Bleed, Sticky Fingers, Exile, Goats Head Soup and It’s Only Rock’n Roll has defined rock music of the world and Taylor has a big part in the sound of these classic LP’s Several hundred thousand fans all over the world has been dreaming that this would happen again, Taylor on stage with the Stones. Discussion forums are crowded with treads about Taylor rejoining. A dream came true. And even more, he does it on Midnight Rambler. Speechless. He did join them once on the 1981 tour for a few songs so this is his second appearance since 1974. It was a surrealistic feeling to see him there. He seamed to enjoy the moment. I have seen him live on numerous live gigs solo during the years and he usually just stands in one spot playing. But tonight he was dancing and moving a lot, even going to the front of the stage leaning against Jagger playing the harp. Need I say that O2 went bananas, guess not.
Post by janrichards on Nov 27, 2012 22:31:51 GMT 1
No 18 Miss You
Next up Jagger takes a guitar again and we know what is up next even before they start to play. It is Disco time. Miss You is pumping as it always has done. Only difference tonight was that all three guitars plaid it very well and not messing it up as they usually do... I had to take a break from dancing, this was the only song that I sat down on.
I was a resting during the song and I did not focus on the focus so to speak ending up with a low quality picture on this one
Post by janrichards on Nov 27, 2012 22:32:08 GMT 1
No 19 Start Me Up
We are into the finale and the greatest of the great hits are rolling out. Start Me Up in my face with such as force that I don’t thing I have got a better version ever. Amazed about Ronnie again doing the solos almost correct. That might be a first for me as they always manage to mess up the solos on this song. But not tonight. The lights are all over the arena and the energy level is just as much as in a nuclear power plant. That 69 years old singer... when he is started up, nothing slows him down. There is not one soul in the audience sitting down. The singalong song lifts the roof again. Magical.
Post by janrichards on Nov 27, 2012 22:32:31 GMT 1
No 20 Tumbling Dice
If you know a little bit about Stones live concerts, then you know that this song will be in the set of the night. Since Keith's antenna pulled it down from the sky in France in 1972, it has been plaid on every gig since then. It has been plaid more times than any other stones song as no other one has been on all gigs from 1972 until today. Reason being that Keith decides on only one song in the set list for the evening and he demands that TD has to be in the set, that’s it. Again a fantastic grooving version, just as every night for the past 40 years or so.
Post by janrichards on Nov 27, 2012 22:32:48 GMT 1
No 21 Brown Sugar
Energy level has past 100 already and BS kicks in. One of the best rock songs in the world, one cannot stay cool and cold when this one is right there in yar face. I was dancing like anything. So they did on the stage as well. But there was something nothing short of amazing tonight. I have heard this song 24 times live before and Keith have managed to mess up the intro EVERY time. But the Riff Master got it right tonight. Talked to Juha after the gig, it was the first for him as well. He has only seen 95 gigs so far and counting
Not a very good picture, but its energy and lights all over the place
Post by janrichards on Nov 27, 2012 22:33:16 GMT 1
No 22 Sympathy For The Devil
Gregory appears again and we finally get the confirmation on who he is. He walks down to the microphone and starts to sing wohoo wohoo wohoo. The gorilla coat swings around on the shoulders of the singer in the band. “Pleased to meet you I hope you know my name”, we sure do. Sympathy is and has always been one of my favorite songs performed live and so it was tonight as well. To be noted: Another surprise by Keith. He got the solo right tonight. Cant remember when he did that the last time. He always makes a big mess of the solo
And then next up: GOOD NIGHT and off they went. Whohoooo, what a a night it was. But, as on all big rock gigs, it was not about to stop here. No one wanted to go home so we asked them boys to return to the office.
Post by janrichards on Nov 27, 2012 22:33:47 GMT 1
No 23 You Can't Always Get What You Want
These guys has been giving surprises to their fans now for 50 years, both off stage and on. Tonight we got one more one stage. There was something going on on stage, people moving around. The lights come on and we can see 20-30 young women and men lined up on both sides of the stage. The choir then started to sing the intro to You Can’t Always Get What You Want. Cold shivers up the spine. The album version of YCAGWYW, amazing. First time ever this song was performed with a choir on stage. The audience again joined in on the singing. Ronnie nailed the solo again.
Post by janrichards on Nov 27, 2012 22:34:16 GMT 1
No 24 Jumpin Jack Flash
The gig ended with the greatest rock song of all time, Jumpin Jack Flash. 120% energy level on stage. No more no less. You had to be there to understand the greatness of this classic. Again done just perfectly.
Post by janrichards on Nov 27, 2012 22:34:32 GMT 1
No 25 XX
There was one more encore in the set list but as they had gone over the time, they had to stop. I just heard the they got a 200.000 pound penalty for going over the stipulated concert time. Oh, well, I guess they can afford that. More about this No 25 later
Post by janrichards on Nov 27, 2012 22:34:44 GMT 1
Here you have the set list given to a friend of mine just after the gig. As you can see, song number 7 was LADY JANE. That was not done for some reason. I am sure that the guys at O2 on Nov 29th will get it live
Song number 25 was also left out as they run out of time. That was Satisfaction.....
Post by janrichards on Nov 28, 2012 21:08:34 GMT 1
Well, after reading all this, I bet you are sooo exited you can't sit still anymore.
Well, Max'sKansasCity over at iorr.org has done a fantastic job searching the You-tube for clips from the gig. There were lots and lots of mobile cameras filming all the time. He has put together the COMPLETE concert with you-tube clips.