After weeks of waiting, yesterday finally came – The Rolling Stones gig at the O2 in Londond . All of the worrying about whether they’d be any good. All of the worrying about whether I’d actually be able to get to the gig after part of the Jubilee line was shut down following an accident. All of it blown away long before the end of the opening song, Get Off My Cloud. In fact the Stones were absolutely awesome from the first note to the last. They helped themselves by picking a set list that stuck to the classics (only three songs from during my lifetime!)
So, highlights? The special guests all get a mention here; Eric Clapton drawing out some excellent solos from Ronnie and Keef. Florence Welch (minus her Machine) did likewise to Mick on a livewire Gimme Shelter as they went toe to toe. Bill Wyman actually seemed to be enjoying himself for a change but the undoubted highlight was Mick Taylor’s appearance on Midnight Rambler.
The only real lowlight for me was the new track, One More Shot which, despite the engergy they played it with just doesn’t sound like a very good song. Doom & Gloom on the other hand, sounded really good, much better than the record.
Ending the set Brown Sugar – Sympathy For The Devil and then playing You Can’t Always Get What You Want – Jumpin’ Jack Flash – (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction was the perfect end to an evening. Afterwards, I couldn’t help but think that Mick at 69 is older than my dad and there’s no way that I could imagine my dad running round, dancing, strutting and singing for over two hours.
After the gig, hanging around in the bar, waiting for the tub queue to die down, I got chatting to James who very kindly sent me the pictures on this post. As he said, we’ll be telling our grandchildren about this gig in the future.
All in all, to paraphrase those credit card commercials – Ticket £326, hotel £48, train £64, seeing The Rolling Stones live, priceless.
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