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Saturday, January 28, 2006

last rolling stones show i caught..october 1997- here's a review...

Rolling Stones - satisfaction guaranteed

When Rolling Stones' guitarist Keith Richards opened Thursdaynight's show with a game of "Name That Tune," it only took five notes for the 55,000 fans to collectively scream"Satisfaction."The Rolling Stones, stopping by Jack Kent Cooke Stadium in support of theirTop 20 album "Bridges to Babylon," revisited their '60s and '70s hits in a 140-minute, 22-songextravaganza that quickly thawed out a frozencrowd.Gutsy opening act Sheryl Crow did her best to warm up the crowd, bravingtemperatures that threatened to sink to 40 degrees. The fans, however, didn't come to life until Mr. Richard'sopening riff. Mick Jagger took the stage in a black leather trench coat and looking fit -and nowhere near his 54 years. After belting out the group's 1965 anthem , he followed with karaoke standards"It's Only Rock and Roll" and "Let's Spend the Night Together."Mr. Richards, sporting a spotted faux-fur, full-length coat, looked likeCruella DeVil, complete with a pair of henchmen: chain-smoking guitarist Ron Wood and sweatered drummer CharlieWatts. Rounding out the crew was burly bassist Darryl Jones.The group's original fans, well represented in the crowd, seemed eager topass the musical torch to the next generation. "It's pretty cool to be here with Mom and Dad," said JustinSchweiger, 8, of Cheverly. "We like to listen to Stones' music together."Throughout the show, band members interacted with the crowd - prancing downthe runways on either side of the stage - and one another. Mr. Richards and Mr. Wood played dueling riffs allevening and regularly visited Mr. Watts.Three selections from the "Bridges to Babylon" album were mixed in with theclassics "Flip the Switch," "Anybody Seen My Baby" and, the best offering, "Out of Control."For the "Babylon" tour, the stage was a Byzantine fantasy complete withmassive torches and a cast of Macy's parade-sized statues, including two inflatable golden goddesses.Hung from the center was an enormous circular screen that used every videotrick in the book, from grainy live footage to Web-site interaction. Mr. Wood even had a camera attached to hisguitar, Letterman-like, which gave the audience a new perspective during "Tumbling Dice."But the highlight of the evening came midway through the show, when thestage came to life and belched out a bridge that allowed the band to saunter to the center of the arena.Reminiscent of the band's "Gimme Shelter" documentary days, the crowdsurrounded the band as it whipped through the R&B-rooted "Let It Bleed," "You Got Me Rocking" and ChuckBerry's "Little Queenie." This gimmick lent the show intimacy, hard to come by in a cavernous arena.Lisa Fisher, one of three back-up singers, provided an over-the-top visualand vocal performance during numbers such as the Vietnam-era "Gimme Shelter" and "Miss You," which is from the1978 "Some Girls" album. She actually upstaged Mr. Jagger during portions of the show.Capping the show was a fireworks display complementing a scorching versionof "Jumpin' Jack Flash" and the single mini-encore of "Brown Sugar."It was an evening of excess and energy. Maybe the next time the boys comethrough town, the temperature will be closer to their ages.

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