Well, what to say about Helsinki gig, trying to recap what we got one week back in Helsinki. After the Helsinki gig I continued to Göteborg and Copenhagen.
I usually do not like to compare gigs as they usually are "happenings of their own". You have different audience, venues, surroundings, sun or no sun, set lists and most of all, a band that have bad days and good days.
Unfortunately I have to say that one of the members in the band had a bad day at work in Helsinki. That was the older guy of the two guitar players.
Keith was mor ore less "somewhere else" during most parts of the gig. Him falling over several times has also already been reported. And yes, hi did. But still I have to give him credit for a few things he did: Intro to JJF Brown Sugar was ok. I do not know how many times I have seen him messing up the BS intro, but he really got it right i Helsinki.
One thing that pleased me a lot was Ronnie. He has really taken a big step forward and he is now carrying a big responsibility on stage. As Keith is more or less doing his own thing on several gig, Ronnie steps in and keeps the whole thing together. I did also enjoy his sliding in sevral songs this night. Go Ronnie Go. Keep it up.
Well Mick and Charlie did what they do on all gigs: Fantastic job, nothing really to add. An Amazing performance again.
Start Me Up Let's Spend The Night Together Rough Justice All Down The Line She's So Cold Love Is Strong Sweet Virginia Can't You Hear Me Knocking Tumbling Dice --- Introductions You Got The Silver (Keith) I Wanna Hold You (Keith) Miss You (to B-stage) It's Only Rock'n Roll (B-stage) Satisfaction (B-stage) Honky Tonk Women (to main stage) Sympathy For The Devil Paint It Black Jumping Jack Flash Brown Sugar
Again they did a nice beginning of the show. Several odd ones like Love Is Strong. I did not expect that one as they did it 1995 in Helsinki as well. Another rare one was Sweet Virginia, I really love that one, nice sing along song.
Them mixing up the set in between number two and number eight gives a nice freshness to the whole thing. You can actually go to a gig now without knowing which songs are going to be done in this first set. The surprise moment is still there, like yyyyyeeeeehhhh SWEET VIRGINIAaaaaah ;D ;D ;D I love that
Another highlight for me was CYHMK. I just love that long jazzy improvisation they do. This night Jagger was really pushing Bobby to extend this sax part. Ronnie did one of the best versions I have ever heard, much depending again on the fact that he is now really concentrated on what he is doing and taking the responsibility. NICE
The gig started early as there is probably still some regulations on when it has to be silent. Helsinki is in that respect a bad place to have an outside gig as it is just too light when the band go on stage. So also this night, the sun was still up and bright. People who only see this one gig i Finland do not really get the big picture of what a Stones show is all about, they miss out soo much of the show as the sun is spoiling it.
Another thing I noticed was just again the same thing I have seen for so many years in Finland: Booooring audience, I mean really boring. If you have an eight cylinder V8 engine, then the Finnish rock audience may be firing up on one cylinder only. It was quite embarrassing again to se how Jagger tried to pump up the mood but to no result. Also the seats on the field maybe had an impact. I mean, I was at the Gothenburg gig two days later and everyone standing on the field really participating in the gig with lots of arms in the air clapping and screaming . In Helsinki they just watched the gig. Sad but thru.
Another notice about the set list in Helsinki, no cover song was done. I was there kind of waiting to get I Go Crazy but then suddenly they went into Tumbling Dice and then I understood that there will be no cover tonight. First in Europe this summer without a cover? Maybe, I need to check setlists.