I was very close to the stage, could see their faces real close and had Mr Jagger just in front of me many times as he danced, walked, jumped to the left side of the stage really often. That was great!!!
But I didnt have this view of the show that your pictures give. GREAT!!! Thanks for sharing! Lady J
Hi, I yesterday followed the show minutes by minutes by IORR. What I'm asking myself: on Sunday we got in whithout any control of photo, camera's, or filming material and during the show. So, why don't they bring out these shows,,,both? There are a lot of people who are filming, take picks from under the roof to the first row on stage. Nobody was forbidden it, and could do what you filmed or taken picks. In Kirchberg (Luxemburg) I took 3 picks from the secound row and they took away my photo camera and threw it under the stage. I asked after the show that I could have my camera back: respons: he laughed with me. Kapel, ""Times are changing""
Conclusion, London November 25th 2012, A historical day in rock music
It is now one week after the first Stone gig in five years. “50 and counting...” tour has kicked of in London on 25th November and now with a few days of distance to the gig, I though that it is time to put down a few of my reflections and thoughts about what I witnessed in London last Sunday evening.
Keith is back, big time He nailed the intros to his classics like in the old days. Paint It Black, Gimme Shelter and my god, Brown Sugar as well. This was my 25th gig and I think that it was the first time ever I heard Keith do Brown Sugar intro correct. I discussed this with JK as well, this was his 95th gig, and he could not either remember a gig where Keith had got the BS intro correct. Sharp and correct playing through the whole gig. I have to mention the solo in Sympathy For The Devil as well, usually messing that one up, but not on this night.
Opening night I did also attend A Bigger Bang opening night in Boston on August 21st 2005. That was a bad concert with lots of time in between songs and a band out of control. But this opening was perfect, just like a normal gig way into the tour. No visible nerves and everything was a smooth ride through the night. Very well rehearsed for sure. Much more professional than earlier tours. They are ready to tour. Big Time
Former band members How cool was it to see Mick Taylor and Bill Wyman again on stage with the band. Can’t describe that with words, you had to be ther in person. Only Ian and Brian were missing in action
The Set list Well, you can always argue about that one coz it has to do with taste. Some likes Out Of Control and some don’t. I’m one of them who likes it. Glad it is back as it was the highlight on any Bridges Tour concert in 1997-1999. The first 10 songs, not counting Going Down, was a straight chronological journey through 50 years of Stones history. It was basically a greatest hits set list with a few surprises. But that is just how a 50 years celebration should be. The only song missing from Sundays list was Satisfaction. It was supposed to be plaid, but they went over time so much that they had to stop with one song short and getting a 200.000 pound fine in the end of the day. I would not change a thing it the set list, it covered the whole 50 years of action. What other band in history could fill up almost two hrs with rock icons and classics spanning 50 years like this? Not very many
The screen A lot of details had gone in to making the various video shots for different songs. Start Me Up had The Rolling Stones in big letters. Tumbling Dice had a lot of dices tumbling around. All Down The Line had all their favorite Blues and Rock artists on display. Gloom And Doom with a very modern graphics. Honky Tonk Women had a cartoon women climbing a sky scrape with Gregory in a fighter airplane. That was the link in between the gig and the new GRRR Greatest Hits Collection.
Details They had to do this in a perfect way and again they topped themselves. This time by going into details. Just to name two of them. In the opening tune I Wanna Be Your Man Jagger had a replica jacket from one of the first TV appearances back in 1964. Connecting back to history. Another example was You Can’t Always Get What You Want. They added a choir of maybe 30 persons to get the same sound and feeling on stage as on the single from 1969.
And the bad things. Can’t come to think of one single bad thing with the opening of this tour........ well, maybe one thing and that would be that I only got to see the opening night and not the second night on Thursday 29th . But I guess that that is not Stones fault but my own. Some people had been complaining about the ticket prices as well, but that is a different story. My comment would be that you cannot get two and a half hours world class entertainment from the greatest band of all time for a hundred buck’s, that’s it
The Future. Five gigs announced. But seeing the work on the stage, the videos, the preparations, the joy of being together on stage again, no way this will end with only five concerts. Rumors are already floating around about Australia and Japan in the beginning of the year. More shows to follow in US and summer of 2013 will be a Stones Summer in Europe.
A lot more could be added here, but you would not read such a long post anyhow ;D