I went, on Tuesday, to Old Trafford (football) to watch a bunch of geriatrics performing old music. Not, of course, any-old geriatrics … nor any-old old music but the Rolling Stones.
I like the Stones, always have, but I expected a good, competent show. But that was not to be.
It was astonishing.
The whole deal.
20 song set … I knew all but 1. Sort of a greatest hits set so no new album of unknown stuff being plugged. In some cases that would be a negative … not in this case.
Their energy was amazing, start to finish.
The band seriously seemed to be enjoying themselves. They give themselves a 3 or 4 day break between shows these days and I guess that helps. It can’t be easy keeping 50 year old songs seeming fresh but they managed it.
The old singles, ‘Paint it Black’, ‘Jumping Jack Flash’, ‘Tumbling Dice’, of course the show closing ‘Satisfaction’ were superb but for my taste the longer, more complex ‘Gimme Shelter’, ‘Midnight Rambler’ and my desert island disc ‘Sympathy for the Devil’ were outstanding in an already outstanding show.
Added to which the tech. side of things … lighting, fx, big screens … &, of course, sound … were imperious. It was a lot of money but it was the best gig I’ve ever seen … & I saw ‘Darryl Way’s Wolf’ !!!