Philly 1. Due to some overbooked flights from Raleigh/Durham, it looked like I would arrive just in time for the first Philly show. I did! Picked up my ticket from a kind Shidoobee and headed straight in. The Wachovia Center is a perfect arena for the Stones. This afternoon the band had done a soundcheck, playing the following songs: Everybody Needs Somebody to Love (Instrumental), Rocks Off, Get Up Stand Up, Angie, Rain Fall Down and Just my imagination. Plenty of small mistakes at this show. Mick missed some cues in SMU, YGMR and RO. To me, that only keeps things fun and interesting. The big surprise tonight was the live debut of Rain Fall Down. Mick played a black Strat with a kind of ringing effect to it. Blondie played the same parts as well. The song went down really well with its Miss You-esque groove. Darryl played a solo break in the middle of the song. Another "new" song for the tour was Angie. Not a personal favorite, but nice that they are adding more songs into rotation. My seat was in section 6, to the left of the b-stage. The first seat next to the b-stage, so when they came over during Miss You, I had Mick and Ronnie 2 feet away! Get Off Of My Cloud was a real treat, just like it had been when I heard it in 1999. The encore tonight was "It's Only Satisfaction, But Not Like It". A real mess, but they sorted it out eventually. Keith and Ronnie had a laugh about it, though. As did I.
Philly 2. No late arrival for me tonight. So I had plenty of time to enjoy the pre-show party with Shidoobees in the parking lot. But it was really cold and windy, so I decided to enter the venue early to check out the opener (John Mayer Trio). Nice blues stuff. Steve Jordan on drums, and Pino Palladino on bass. My seat was once again in section 6, but a little bit further away from the b-stage. The changes in the setlist from Philly 1 consisted of no less than 7 songs. No surprises song-wise, but the band had tightened up since Monday night. And any show with Midnight Rambler is great in my opinion. By the time the band approached the b-stage, I was almost back in the same position I had been two nights earlier, on the railing. No encore screw-ups tonight. The show ended with a high-energy Brown Sugar. Before the show I heard a rumour that Tim Ries would take the sax solo spot on BS because Bobby Keys had been in bad shape. But when it was time for the legendary sax solo, there was Bobby ready to go. Comparing the two Philly shows, the second one was better. More focused.