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Topic: Fenway Park, Boston 21st August - Setlist, Reports & Reviews Return to archive Page: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
August 22nd, 2005 02:18 PM
Gazza For those of you in the UK/Ireland who have Sky Digital

Go to Sky News Interactive service and access the "Entertainment" section

A nice 2- minute review of the show from last night, with a couple of superb sounding clips of "Shattered" and "Back Of my Hand" (featuring some pretty nifty slide guitar work from Mick)

Its a "rolling" news feature so if you miss it first time, you'll get it again about ten minutes later
August 22nd, 2005 02:30 PM
Jerry in Boston
Nellcote wrote:
Hey Jerry, missed that!
Will look for it @ Fenway II...
You going?

Oh yeah, I'm gonna be there! I do have to work that day and might end up getting there a bit late! But I am determined to be in Fenway park by Stones Time!!!

I'm in Section 17 for Fenway II.
August 22nd, 2005 02:31 PM
beer wrote:
You can watch Shattered here:

nice clip, thanks!! and the BBC review -

The Rolling Stones have begun their latest world tour with a sold-out concert in Boston for 36,000 fans.
Fireworks and flames shot up from the stage as the veteran rock band kicked off the event with Start Me Up.

But controversial song Sweet Neo Con, seen by some as an attack on President Bush, did not make the set list.

Sir Mick Jagger made a joking reference during the show to the presence of actor turned California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in the audience.

"When we drove up he was out front, selling T-shirts and a few tickets," he told the crowd.

'Great to be back'

Sunday's concert at the Fenway Park baseball stadium marked the second time the band have started a world tour in the city.

"It's great to be back here in Boston," said Jagger before singing such Stones classics as Brown Sugar, Honky Tonk Women and Sympathy for the Devil.

At 64, drummer Charlie Watts is the oldest member of the band

New songs included Oh No! Not You Again and Rough Justice from the band's new album A Bigger Bang, released in September.

The concert ended with encores of You Can't Always Get What You Want and Only Rock 'n' Roll (But I Like It).

The Stones' tour will return to Fenway Park on Tuesday before playing further dates across the US and Canada.

They will then take in South America, the Far East and finally Europe.

However, the band have consistently rejected rumours that this tour would be a farewell one.

"A good thing never ends," Jagger told the audience on Sunday during a break between songs

August 22nd, 2005 02:32 PM
Some Guy They all look good in the pictures. Stage is cool, they will be in fine form by Oct. 15th! Phillips Arena!
August 22nd, 2005 02:53 PM
Nellcote Jerry;
I'm also in Sec 17. See you there!
August 22nd, 2005 03:03 PM
Moonisup I read that mick said: it's great to start the LAST BIG tour in boston

funny that he says something that like that
August 22nd, 2005 03:05 PM
Jerry in Boston
Nellcote wrote:
I'm also in Sec 17. See you there!

Cool! Sec 17, Row 17, #29 - look for the guy in the baseball tongue shirt and cap! LOL (like I'll be the only one!)
August 22nd, 2005 04:11 PM
Jair Anyone has pix of the stage at the daytime?
Can ya post'em, please?
Thanks alot!!!
August 22nd, 2005 04:54 PM
VoodooChileInWOnderl Here are some

Hey Jair we have Brazilian and Portuguese people there at BdP the "Foro en Español" so feel free to go and participate, remember you can write in Portuguese must of us or all can read it
August 22nd, 2005 05:05 PM
Moonisup wrote:
I read that mick said: it's great to start the LAST BIG tour in boston

funny that he says something that like that

Yes, I heard him say that too, on the snippet they showed on TV. Strange. Also strange nobody mentioned it before???!!
August 22nd, 2005 05:10 PM
Moonisup yeah no one mentions that over here, while he clearly said that! that's news, haha
he said, the last big tour
HELLO PEOPLE: mick said the last big tour
August 22nd, 2005 05:10 PM
VoodooChileInWOnderl The next one won't be big, will be bigger... will be huge... giant :d
August 22nd, 2005 05:27 PM
Angiegirl You're a dreamer Gerardo. Me likes.
August 22nd, 2005 06:55 PM
beer When Jagger said the thing about "starting the last tour in Boston", I think he was referring to the Licks tour. Because he follows that by saying they're also starting the Bigger Bang tour in Boston.


August 22nd, 2005 07:26 PM
Gazza from "The Guardian"

Rolling Stones gather no dross

Jamie Wilson in Washington
Tuesday August 23, 2005

With a combined age of 245 and multimillion pound fortunes to match, the Rolling Stones could be forgiven for quietly hanging up their guitars.
But instead the original bad boys of rock'n'roll kicked off their latest world tour in front of a sell-out crowd at Boston's Fenway Park on Sunday with a concert so loud it had policemen patrolling outside with sound meters.

Led by sinewy lead singer Mick Jagger, the band ripped through a selection of classic tracks and a sprinkling of songs from their new album, A Bigger Bang - although not the most controversial offering, Sweet Neo-Con, an overtly political song written by Jagger that appears to take direct aim at the Bush administration.

Regardless, the critics loved it. "Whatever deal they cut with the devil, it was clear ... that the deal is holding," wrote David Hinckley in the New York Daily News.
"Weathered as Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ron Wood look, their throats, hands and fingers still can produce rock'n'roll music that sounds as ageless as it did 40 years ago."

"Enough with the jokes about how this worldwide tour should be sponsored by Depend [incontinence products] or Viagra," declared the Boston Globe.

"It's as simple as this - you will not be able to do in your 60s what you did so effortlessly in your 20s. The Rolling Stones can."

The tour marks the 43rd anniversary since the Stones started performing - the longest uninterrupted run of any outfit in rock history.

The band was under strict instructions not to allow the sound level to exceed 70 decibels outside the stadium because of possible complaints from neighbours.

Despite the rockers' age and propensity for hard living - people have been predicting Richards' imminent demise from drink and or drugs since the 1960s - the only casualty of the evening was an unidentified 20-year-old woman who broke both ankles and a wrist after apparently climbing on to and then falling from the rafters of the venerated old baseball stadium.,,1554506,00.html#article_continue

Thanks to Han (IORR) for the heads-up...
August 22nd, 2005 07:31 PM
Gazza more from The Guardian:

Keeping up with the Stones

By Lindesay Irvine / Music 04:10pm

Not drowning but waving... the Rolling Stones at the opening date of their world tour in Boston.
Photograph: Dave Hogan/Getty

They may be well into their seventh decades on earth, and their fifth as royalty on planet rock, but the Stones have no plans to stop rolling any time soon, it seems.

As the band kicked off their latest world tour last night, Mick Jagger told the Boston audience for the first of at least 40 dates that "a good thing never ends", apparently keen to scotch any nonsense about this being a farewell tour.

That said, Stones concerts are not without a fair measure of nostalgia: last night at Fenway Stadium they played four songs from new album A Bigger Bang, but these were snuck in over the course of a two-hour greatest hits parade. It could hardly be otherwise: if tens of thousands of fans have parted with hundreds of dollars each to see them play, it would be a brave/foolhardy band that withheld the old favourites (and one whose future concerts, if they took place, would not take place in stadiums).

The thing is, even as pensioners trotting out some very well-worn material - Jumpin' Jack Flash was, of course, on last night's setlist - the Stones have the knack of injecting it with almost adolescent levels of energy.

I went as a sceptic to report on the Stones' last tour when it reached Twickenham in 2003. Jagger had missed a couple of dates on the tour due to a bout of flu and there was much speculation that Mick's volcano was finally exhausted.

Needless to say, at 7.30 sharp Jagger bounded on stage in indecently snake-hipped jeans and flew into his sexed-up semaphore, sprinting from end to end of the enormous stage for more than two hours and thoroughly trampling suspicions of this particular sword having outworn its sheath.

The band's eerily prolonged youthfulness - something to do with the anti-ageing properties of vast wealth and much younger partners - makes their audience feel younger, too. (For the Twickenham gig, a middle-aged Mail journalist was so revved up by the performance that he stood up on his seat, turning to me and saying "journalistic objectivity be damned!" before embarking on an elaborate air guitar riff.)

The Stones' longevity underlines the truth of an observation in Giles Smith's Lost in Music: when he was younger, he says, people told him that rock'n'roll was just a teenage phase he was going through. Now, we realise, teenagers were just a phase that rock'n'roll was going through.

This is heartening for those of us with whom time's winged chariot is catching up. But it's slightly worrying, too, as yet another sign that rock music's position as the place where idealistic young folks build a counterculture is over and done with. Does all that stuff happen on the internet these days? Perhaps a young person can tell me...

August 22nd, 2005 07:44 PM

Swaggering Past 60, Unrepentant

Published: August 23, 2005

BOSTON, Aug. 22 - Four decades ago, the Rolling Stones made their name by defying propriety. Now they are defying age. They opened their latest tour Sunday night at Fenway Park with an audience of 36,000 filling the stands, the outfield and balconies overhanging the stage for the first of two shows here. Mick Jagger is 62, Keith Richards 61, Charlie Watts 64 and Ronnie Wood a spry 58. Age can be cruel to musicians, eroding voices and stamina. But yes, the Stones can still do it.

Robert Caplin/The New York Times
Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones playing at Fenway Park.

Robert Caplin/The New York Times
Mick Jagger, Ronnie Wood and Keith Richards performed their hits to an audience of 36,000 at Fenway.

Through decades of selling out arenas and stadiums, the Stones have remained more a band than a spectacle. The flashpots, strobing video and inflatable lips-and-tongue logo are still only a sideshow to the physical presence of the band members, playing their instruments and romping across the stage. There are Mr. Watts's indomitable beat, the improvisational tangle of Mr. Richards and Mr. Wood on guitars, and of course Mr. Jagger's hip-swinging, finger-pointing, shoulder-shaking, ever-changing shimmy and strut - necessities that no production values could replace.

A Stones concert is as solid a brand-name product as rock has to offer, and a luxury product at that: some tickets topped $450. To keep up the brand value, the Stones need to deliver hits: there's no buyer satisfaction without "Satisfaction."

The Stones are also content with their sound; it may be classic, but it still rocks. The album being promoted by this tour, "A Bigger Bang" (Virgin), doesn't try to reinvent the wheel just to roll it one more time with panache. Yet the band also tours to please itself, pulling lesser-known songs out of its catalog (among them, on Sunday night, "She's So Cold" from "Emotional Rescue" and "The Worst" from "Voodoo Lounge") and still trying to rediscover each one.

The Stones have ups and downs, decent shows and stellar ones; they miss notes and laugh it off. They meticulously plot costume changes and special effects - like a smaller stage that moved into the middle of the audience - but they let the music change with every performance. In "Honky Tonk Women," Mr. Jagger bent the melody into an unmistakable blues; Mr. Richards answered him with a solo that was almost pure country. And when Mr. Jagger sang "Brown Sugar" here, it was not a young girl but "a young man" who tasted so good. The set also included four songs from "A Bigger Bang" that weren't eclipsed by the oldies.

The Stones aren't pretending to be youthful. They're proud to remember earlier eras. "Back of My Hand," from the new album, reaches back to Delta blues for a spiky guitar riff, and the set also included "The Night Time Is the Right Time" as a tribute to Ray Charles, who kept performing even longer than the Stones have. The band also played "Out of Control," a jazz-tinged song from the 1997 album "Bridges to Babylon," in which Mr. Jagger looks back at his younger self - foolish, angry, vain, charming, lucky - and taunts, "Tell me, how have I changed?"

He has changed, of course. He can't shock the world with a song; even when performed in front of digital video hellfire, "Sympathy for the Devil" no longer comes across as blasphemous or demonic. He did have a joke for the governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger, who used concert tickets as a fund-raiser; after saying he was "honored and proud" to have the governor here, Mr. Jagger added that the fund-raising efforts included standing "out in the front scalping tickets and selling T-shirts."

Yet he can still merge humor and heartbreak when he sings "She's So Cold" or "Beast of Burden," still swagger through "Tumblin' Dice." After a two-hour set, he can still run - not stroll or skip, run - end to end on a stage that stretches nearly across a stadium while he sings "It's Only Rock 'n' Roll." The band still prods him and enfolds him; Mr. Richards and Mr. Wood look casual, grinning and ambling around the stage, but somehow the right guitar chord always plugs every rhythmic hole. After decades, the Rolling Stones are too dependable to seem dangerous. But long after the Stones could have retired, it's not so bad to stand for sheer tenacity.

The Rolling Stones tour returns to Fenway Park tonight and continues at Rentschler Field in Hartford on Friday. It arrives at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Sept. 13 and Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., on Sept. 15.

August 22nd, 2005 07:47 PM
Gazza Daily Times (Pakistan!)

Rolling Stones open world tour in Boston

The Rolling Stones kicked off a new world tour in Boston on Sunday with the traditional high energy that has kept the legendary British rock band going for more than 40 years.

Some 36,000 fans packed into Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox baseball team, to hear Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and crew belt out more than 20 songs, mainly old classics, in a gig that went on more than two hours.

Surprisingly absent for a concert in this liberal city and Democratic bastion was “Sweet Neo Con” from the new Stones album “A Bigger Bang,” a song critical of the American neo-conservative movement.

Jagger did however acknowledge the presence of California’s Republican governor, former actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, saying: “We have some from California tonight” who have come to sell “caps and T-shirts.”

The allusion was to the 100,000 dollars the Republican politician charged those who wanted to appear in his company at the concert — money expected to be used to finance Schwarzenegger’s future political campaigns.

It was the second time the Stones have begun a world tour in Boston, where a giant screen installed by some 265 workers gave a simultaneous broadcast of the stage show.

“Sometimes they ask us why do we start our tour in Boston for the second time,” said Jagger.

“We answer them: Because Boston is a champion city” — a referrence to the national championship the Red Sox won during the 2004-2005 season.

The concert, which opened with “Start Me Up” and closed to the strains of “It’s Only Rock’n Roll,” was one of 35 the Stones will perform across the United States and Canada before their 31st world tour takes them to Latin America, Asia and Europe.

Hard-boiled fans including Bruce Leny, a man in his 40s who said it was his fifth Stones concert, and John Obrinska, 34, were thrilled.

“They will keep playing until they die,” said Leny. Obrinska, attending his 15th Stones performance, said: “Every time is better than I expected, as well as for the stage as for the performance.”

The Rolling Stones are “far and away the most successful touring entity in the history of mankind,” Ray Waddell, senior editor at the influential music industry magazine Billboard, was quoted as saying in USA Today.

The report said since 1989, the group has grossed 1.125 billion dollars around the world, selling more than 12 million tickets during the 1990s.

Jagger told the press that 12 songs from the new album had been rehearsed for the tour but the group, which includes drummer Charlie Watts and guitarist Ron Wood, sang only four of them Sunday.

“People have to know them a little bit more before they want to hear more than three, I think,” The Boston Globe quoted Jagger as saying. afp

August 22nd, 2005 07:51 PM

Can't stop the music
The Rolling Stones hit the road again, but for how much longer?

By Geoff Boucher
Times Staff Writer
Published August 22, 2005, 12:41 PM CDT

BOSTON -- The Rolling Stones' new "Bigger Bang" tour opened here Sunday, continuing the band's tradition of grand-scale gimmicks with a twist, a reminder to everyone that this is not just any rock 'n' roll circus. The Stones still aspire to be the greatest show on Earth.

Opening-night fans got a set that included the warhorse hits (the show-opening "Start Me Up," "Brown Sugar," "Honky Tonk Women"), some surprises ("She's So Cold," "The Worst") and even a tribute to the late Ray Charles, whose portrait flashed on an Imax-sized screen as the band swung into the soul man's 1959 hit "(Night Time Is) The Right Time."

The twist this time is the much-hyped onstage seats that make fans an integral part of the "Bigger Bang" set design.

Other acts have put fans onstage before — Sammy Hagar, for instance, has turned his stage into a beach bar, where fans guzzle tequila amid the amps — or hemmed them in with stages that wrap around pits, as Metallica and U2 have memorably done.

Although those tactics brought those bands closer to their fans, the Stones' new configuration turned out to be about as intimate as the view from a high-rise. The "onstage" seating (which actually is standing — there are no seats) put several hundred fans up on a series of tall balconies that stretched up, in a spider-like shape, from the huge screen that was the stage backdrop. Some who found themselves 40 to 60 feet above the band and watching Keith Richards from behind all night were less than thrilled.

"I am disappointed, to tell the truth," said Bob Durham, who paid $500 for his perch. "It's the Stones and it's great, but these seats are not what I thought they would be." Just then, Mick Jagger, Richards and company launched into "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction."

As the Stones roll across North America, many in the concert business are wondering just how much more satisfaction they'll get from the band and other veteran rockers such as Paul McCartney, the Eagles, Elton John and others, all of whom edge ever closer to retirement age.

Each new Stones tour is met in equal measure by amazement and eye-rolling: How long can they keep doing this? For many fans and the concert industry, though, it's a different question: What happens when they stop?

In the last 15 years, the Stones have grossed more than $1 billion from their North American tours, leading a gallery of graying rock stars who account for the lifeblood of the top-tier concert business. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame acts from the 1960s and '70s have been the surest bets in a business that is still searching for young acts worth gambling on for the long run.

By comparison, the youth-centered hip-hop dream bill of the summer — the "Anger Management" tour topped by rappers Eminem and 50 Cent — just limped to a disappointing finish after weeks of playing sometimes to half-filled arenas around the country.

"These older acts are the gravy train, but someday that train is not going to run anymore, and no one really knows what to do when they're gone," said Gary Bongiovanni, editor of Pollstar, the concert industry trade magazine. "Of the young acts, you have someone like Coldplay who does quite well, but where will it be in 10 years? That's hard to say."

Where will the Stones be in a decade? Their 70s. Their fans came to see them in Boston on Sunday to celebrate their vast jukebox of hits but also to keep in touch as the years advance.

"I don't how many times these guys will still be going, so there's a sense of urgency to see them," said Howard Dalton, who came in from Philadelphia for the night. "It's the Stones, so you gotta go. They're not getting any younger."

One reason Eminem found it hard to connect was that, with ticket prices topping $90, he was out-pricing his young fans.

That's hardly the case with the Stones, for which no price seems to be out of reach. This time the tickets run as much as $454, face value, and in the best seats in Boston, fans reported paying $1,000 above that price to brokers. The staggering amount of money changing hands is now a regular part of what gives each Stones tour the feeling of a Super Bowl, with the attendant press coverage, fan hoopla and predictions of this being the band's final road trip.

"This is the last tour; that's what we hear," said Paul Marshall, a disc jockey at Boston rock station WAAF-FM. "How did that Stones song go? 'This could be the last time.' "

If it is the last time, it's off to a loose and lively start. On Sunday night, the band was playful and, after some slight flubs in "Jumpin' Jack Flash," Richards seemed to be chuckling like a golfer who slices a drive off the first tee.

The Stones have announced 43 dates on the tour, which arrives in Southern California in early November with stops at Angel Stadium of Anaheim, the Hollywood Bowl and San Diego's Petco Park. The tour has a rotating cast of opening acts. In Boston, the Black Eyed Peas gave the tour a tinge of hip-hop; later on the road, the marquee will have flavors as diverse as Metallica, Pearl Jam, Beck and Maroon 5.

If Sunday's show was easygoing for the band, it was intense for Boston. It was only the third concert at the stadium (Springsteen and Jimmy Buffett played previously), and city officials loudly talked about the strict curfew and testing for noise ordinance compliance. All that seemed to be forgotten during the fireworks show that punctuated the set.

Special signs were made by the city to deter illegal parking ("You Can't Always Get What You Want," they warned drivers), but the sign of the night belonged to a protester outside that chided California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger as a "Sticky Fingers" politician.

The line was a reference to the governor's attendance at the show and his use of a block of tickets for fundraising. The tickets were given to Schwarzenegger by the Ameriquest Mortgage Co., the very visible sponsor of the tour. The protesters, many of whom were nurses caught in an ongoing tussle with the politician, were given plenty of local news coverage, and even Jagger tossed off a line from the stage about the strange concert subplot, welcoming Schwarzenegger to the show and joking that earlier he had been "out front scalping tickets and selling T-shirts."

There wasn't much else in the way of politics. The Stones skipped the new "Sweet Neo Con," an especially pointed barb at the Bush administration. And, like Schwarzenegger, the Stones are not above fundraising appearances. The tour is accompanied on TV by a new Ameriquest commercial featuring the band on a soundstage; the mortgage lender is apparently hoping the rock 'n' roll glitter might distract the public from the investigations in 30 states into its lending practices.

All of that is just background noise to Stones fans, though, who cheered mightily Sunday to see their old heroes still rolling. Every stage move by the spindly Jagger and every pirate grin by Richards stirred an ovation, while drummer Charlie Watts and guitarist Ron Wood were hailed like old friends gone too long.

The tour is in support of "A Bigger Bang," the new album represented by a few songs woven in with the hits during Sunday's 21-song set. New material at Stones shows has, in recent years, been a good time for a bathroom break, but the new tracks got a warm reception Sunday, just as the album was getting upbeat reviews from critics.At the close of the incandescent two-hour show at grand old Fenway Park, lean-and-mean rock star Mick did wind sprints across a massive stage that filled centerfield. The song was "It's Only Rock 'n' Roll," and the message was clear: The Stones are not only alive, they are kicking.

"They are the band we grew up with," said Wolf Kilian, who celebrated his 46th birthday at the show by dropping $500 on merchandise — shirts, stickers, sweat pants and assorted other items that filled three bags bearing the logo of Ameriquest. Kilian had flown in from Hamburg, Germany, for the show, and he estimated the trip would cost him $8,000 when the credit card bills finally arrived. He came to the show with Kerstin Reuter, his girlfriend; the pair met online in a Stones fan chat room in 1998, then met in person at the band's 2003 concert stop in Hamburg.

"We fell in love because of the Stones," Kilian said. The show in Boston was his 37th time seeing the band. The way some people chronicle their family history by remembering holidays and birthdates, Kilian can trace his life story with ticket stubs. "They can't quit touring. They never will. As long as they are still onstage, I am not old."

August 22nd, 2005 08:16 PM
beer wrote:
When Jagger said the thing about "starting the last tour in Boston", I think he was referring to the Licks tour. Because he follows that by saying they're also starting the Bigger Bang tour in Boston.



Well, that makes sense. Yes.
August 22nd, 2005 10:20 PM
mac_daddy wow, gazza! on top of the news reports - nicely done. (did you see i posted the msg codes for you in that "new shows" thread..? that is the venue code, not amex or fanclub, so be sure to use the right part of the webpage to submit your request)


"Although, I did see one person jump the fence to "run the bases" during... I think it was during IORR at the very end."

now, i dont go for public displays of stupidity very often, esp. when they could involve incarceration, but given the energy, the tunes, and the right amount of booze, that would be a VERY tempting thing to do, esp - during "it's only rock n roll" (the second part of a two song encore)...


a friend pointed this out, but the stage makes the green monster look tiny - that stage must be enormous...


i hear "double encore" being tossed about - was it a two song encore, or did they really bail the stage twice before coming back, playing a song each time..?
August 22nd, 2005 10:26 PM
corgi37 To my surprise, nothing mentioned in the news here. It always, always, gets a mention, but not this time. Maybe tonight? Nothing in the papers either.

Can some one tell me what reaction Charlie got when he was introduced?

And, another that has come to my mind, is the constant reference to Neocon.

They gotta perform it. Imagine the publicity!
August 22nd, 2005 10:36 PM
lotsajizz it was a two song encore...other notes...Lisa had her hair in a bun, Fowler has had a haircut--dreads were short....and no one mentioned how humid and stucky the day was...lots of sweat, especially in the tunnels...anyway, hope to see you there tomorrow Nellcote and the others!
August 22nd, 2005 10:39 PM
Left Shoe Shuffle
Sir Stonesalot wrote:
>but it looks silly<
Perhaps to a European it may, but to those of us in the States, it looks normal. You will see the same thing in Philadelphia too.

I don't think so.
They're playing the Wachovia Center, not Citizen's Bank Ballpark.
August 22nd, 2005 10:44 PM
lonecrapshooter they sounded fantastic and Ronnie was the best I've ever seen him. They played hard and fast and sounded so freash compared to prior tours. Every tour you get your nuggets here and there as far as songs and performances go but this had a fresh feel, musically, that was better than anticipated. Even Miss You was fresh. Lots of improvements. The sound was best when they moved the stage unlike last tours. Same sound as main stage now. Seamless too. Ronnie was showcased by Mick like I'd never seen. The fast pace reminded me a lot of 78 Handsome Girls stuff with Ronnie playing and fast pace. At one point you felt like you were having a dream and sitting across 5th avenue looking at the Guggenheim then later you felt like you were in a blues bar. Low points were YGMR and the dumb inflatable and at times some annoying horns and piano. They should replace YGMR and The Worst with more rockers like Hand of Fat or Strat Cat Blues. Open and closers are really fitting imo. IORR but I like it. Get your tickets now.
August 22nd, 2005 10:52 PM
Sir Stonesalot Both of the shows in Philly are at Wachovia?

Hmmmm. I thought the 2nd show was at Citizen's Bank.

Shows how much I paid attention. LOL!
August 22nd, 2005 11:18 PM
time is on my side
lonecrapshooter wrote:
they sounded fantastic and Ronnie was the best I've ever seen him. They played hard and fast and sounded so freash compared to prior tours. Every tour you get your nuggets here and there as far as songs and performances go but this had a fresh feel, musically, that was better than anticipated. Even Miss You was fresh. Lots of improvements. The sound was best when they moved the stage unlike last tours. Same sound as main stage now. Seamless too. Ronnie was showcased by Mick like I'd never seen. The fast pace reminded me a lot of 78 Handsome Girls stuff with Ronnie playing and fast pace. At one point you felt like you were having a dream and sitting across 5th avenue looking at the Guggenheim then later you felt like you were in a blues bar. Low points were YGMR and the dumb inflatable and at times some annoying horns and piano. They should replace YGMR and The Worst with more rockers like Hand of Fat or Strat Cat Blues. Open and closers are really fitting imo. IORR but I like it. Get your tickets now.

Ultimately, the most important thing is the performance and not the setlist. Thanks for the review. I'm really looking forward to seeing them myself in a few months. The strong performance you described above sounds real encouraging. It seems everyone had a blast. More evidence that this tour's final destiny appears to be one of success as opposed to the bust some here had anticipated.

Now, if they can only somehow combine both, an adventureous setlist with the strong performance you outlined, what more could any STONES fan ask for????

August 23rd, 2005 03:50 AM
lonecrapshooter wrote:
they sounded fantastic and Ronnie was the best I've ever seen him. They played hard and fast and sounded so freash compared to prior tours.

The Shattered clip didn't sound all that fast to me. In fact it's the slowest I've ever heard. I think the band accidentally trained the song to a vinyl single and played in 33 1/3 rpm. Somebody should've told them, dammit!
August 23rd, 2005 05:29 AM

23 August 2005
Rockers defy their years to prove they're simply the best
From Gavin Martin In Boston, Massachusetts

THEY have a combined age of nearly 250 but the Rolling Stones showed no sign of slowing down as they kicked off yet another world tour.

In front of a 30,000 capacity audience in Boston, they proved they are still the meanest, toughest and greatest rocking renegades on the planet.

With their finest album in 20 years, A Bigger Bang, ready for release, their confidence was evident as skull-faced Keith Richards, 61, appeared through the smoke and fireworks to strike the opening chord of Start Me Up.

Mick Jagger was quite simply a revelation - at 62, one of the most charismatic and fascinating, performers alive. He is capable of generating more energy, passion and drama in one show than Coldplay's Chris Martin - young enough to be his grandson - does in an entire tour. Or possibly his career. Even the computer graphics on the back screen and the cantilevered six-storey stage couldn't outdo old Jumping Jack Flash.

His voice was strong and focused, expressing a wide range of deeply-felt emotions.

Poignant and soulful on Tumbling Dice and tender and warm on Beast Of Burden, full of rollicking authority on the brand new Rough Justice.

An on-form Jagger transforms the Stones and re-energises the whole idea of rock 'n' roll.

The way Jagger breathed new life into songs as old and well-trodden as Satisfaction underlined why the Stones are still a vital force.

In the run-up to the tour, the band's oldest member, 64-year-old drummer Charlie Watts, battled throat cancer and Ronnie Wood, 58, fell off the wagon and entered rehab.

But the Stones did not lie down or take a break.

They fought back and carried on.

The current tour is due to run into 2006, with European and UK dates to follow next summer.

It barely seems possible they can keep up such a pace and still sound as fresh, sexy and dangerous .

But this is the Stones. So you shouldn't bet against it.

[Edited by Gazza]
August 23rd, 2005 05:38 AM
Gazza "The Sun", as ever, manage to get things in perspective and deal with the important stories!!

Can't give no satisfaction

Showbiz Reporter, in Boston, US

ROCKER Mick Jagger has a tiny willy, says his Rolling Stones bandmate Keith Richards.
Keith, 61, shattered the myth of womaniser Mick’s legendary manhood as the Stones kicked off their world tour in the US.

He was still living up to the image as he pranced around stage in Boston in tight trousers, and even looked like he was pointing at his willy.

(see pic -,,2-2005390130,,00.html )

But Keith and fellow guitarist Ronnie Wood, 58, seemed to be sharing a joke — possibly about their old pal’s old chap.

(see pic -,,2-2005390130,,00.html )

The Stones were on scintillating form in front of 30,000 fans at Fenway Park on Sunday.

Mick darted up and down the hi-tech stage, which had two thin arms stretching 100ft away on both sides. At one point the stage moved forward 100ft to float above the crowd.

And Mick had fans cheering as he blasted California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger for making money out of free tickets he was given.

The guitarist said: “His c**k’s on the end of his nose. And a very small one at that. Huge balls. Small c**k. Ask Marianne Faithfull.”

He also scoffingly referred to his old friend’s willy as “that little thing” in an interview with Q magazine.

Mick, 61, has been hailed as a sex god ever since he dated singer Marianne in the 1960s

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