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Rolling Stones, Giants Stadium, NJ: It’s only rock & roll September 27, 2006

Posted by Anton A in British music, Rolling Stones.
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Saw the Stones again at Giants Stadium on Wednesday.  It was like they sat down and said, OK, we’ve come here and done our greatest hits package and plugged the new album umpteen times, let’s dig down into the catalog and do a show for the hardcore fans.  And so they did:

It’s Only Rock & Roll, Live With Me, Monkey Man, Sway, Girl With The Faraway Eyes, Streets Of Love, Just My Imagination, Midnight Rambler, Tumbling Dice

band intros and Keith’s songs:

You’ve Got The Silver, Little T&A

small stage:

Under My Thumb, Rough Justice, Start Me Up, Honky Tonk Woman

main stage:

Sympathy For The Devil, Jumpin’ Jack Flash

encore:

Brown Sugar.

Now that’s a setlist IMHO.  One of the best in years.  Just so many moments to savor there.  I’m still singing “Just my imagination, runnin’ away with me, Runaway runaway runaway runaway run run run run run” in the shower every morning.

The energy on stage was unbelievable, as always.  Well, not always, there was the Eighties and early Nineties, but in recent years they have been playing every gig like it might be their last.  Which it might.  Jagger is still out there on a mission, selling every moment of every song and working the crowd like no one else.

Keith spent a lot of time playing on his knees or hunched over like that Notre Dame guy.  My wife figured that, after the palm tree incident, he’s just trying to stay as close to the ground as possible.

Ronnie is smoking again, though I only saw him do 2 cigarettes over the course of the 2-hour show, which is much better than he was doing.  And Charlie just has a blast all night.

Yeah yeah yeah whooooooo!

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