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The Rolling Stones
11/29/2005
7:30 PM
American Airlines Center
Dallas, TX

Concert Review by
Paul Ridenour

Ed Brown's Concert Review after Set List
Pictures at bottom of page

I have never been a big Rolling Stones fan other than I loved their early hits and Angie.  My favorite is You Can’t Always Get What You Want which I won $75 from a radio contest – “What is on the flip side of the Honky Tonk Woman 45? I’ll take the 9th caller.” 

I bought all of the Beatles albums in the 60s and 70s but did not buy one single Stones album. I’ve only owned the “Hot Rocks” and “Forty Licks” CDs.

After I purchased my concert tickets, I bought “A Bigger Bang” CD and it has some great songs on it.  With 16 songs, many of them sound like classic Rolling Stones.

The Stones have over 40 hits so I thought I’d see them before I die or they die.  I’ve always loved Time Is On My Side, Paint It Black, As Tears Go By, and Ruby Tuesday.

Right before they appeared on stage at 09:15, it dawned on me that I was fixing to see Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones!

Great show!!!!!!!!!

I obtained a set list from the Tampa show and did not really like it that much.  I heard that the Stones change their set list at every concert.  They certainly did do that.  They played four songs last night that I love but were not on the Tampa set list – Wild Horses, Get Off My Cloud, Shattered, and You Can’t Always Get What You Want.  They did not play Only Rock ‘n Rock (But I Like It)” which would have been great.

Ron Wood looked like he hasn’t aged and has that same jet black hair.  Mick Jagger was jumping around like he was 25 years old.  Keith Richard, well, looks like Keith Richard.  Charlie Watts is a unique drummer.  He always raises his right hand when he hits the snare drum with his left hand.  For non-drummer types, that means that he does not play the hi-hat while he strikes the snare.  All other drummers hit the hi-hat and the snare at the same time.  I knew that Charlie did that but seeing it live was cool.  It is like he can’t do it.

The opening act was supposed to be Merle Haggard and I was looking forward to hearing him since I recently listened to his greatest hits.  He was sick however and Delbert McClinton opened at 07:30.  His big hit was Given’ It Up For Your Love.

The Stones had several horn players and backup singers on stage.  One backup singer named Lisa sang a duet with Mick.

The auditorium was packed with young and old.  We had a 7 year-old behind us and a 16 year-old beside us, who wanted tickets for her birthday.

Lots of females were present who were not dressed modestly.  I have not seen that much immodestly since the Pink Floyd concert in 1989.

During Satisfaction, females came alive.  They stood up all around us and danced as if they were possessed.  Many were stoned or drunk.  Three attractive ladies were shown on the big screen and they immediately flashed.  The camera guy I'm sure set it up.  The girls don’t act that way at Eagles, Pink Floyd, Peter Gabriel, and McCartney concerts.

The pot smoking was also quite prevalent and I had not seen or smelt that much weed since the Eagles’ “Hotel California” and Paul McCartney’s “Wings Over America” tours in the 1970s.

The lights were fantastic and the Stones performed from the main stage and then moved to a stage at the other end.  Lots of people taking digital flash pictures.  I thought cameras were illegal.  I’d like to know how they sneak them in.

I could have done without the Keith Richard songs.  They could have played a couple of golden oldies.  Other than that, a perfect show!  Mick’s voice sounded great even though I had heard he can’t sing anymore and he always sounded terrible on any TV news piece.

I was surprised that Mick played the guitar and harmonica.  I thought he just ran around and sang.

He still has that same great Mick grin.

If you have never seen the movie “All You Need Is Cash,” a spoof on the Beatles as "The Rutles," rent it.  The actors include Mick Jagger, Ron Wood, Bianca Jagger, George Harrison, John Belushi, Bill Murray, Gilda Radner, Paul Simon, Al Franken, Tom Davis, Eric Idle, Michael Palin, and Dan Aykroyd.  It is hysterical!

Would I see them again?  When are they coming back?!!!!!!!!!!

[Someone left their prescription pills on our row and I will contact them.  Nearby was some binoculars.  They may belong to the same person. If you lost them or know someone who did, go to my home page and email me.]

Set List (Dallas, Texas)

Start Me Up
You Got Me Rocking
Shattered
Tumbling Dice
Oh No, Not You Again - New CD
Rain Fall Down - New CD [Mick played guitar]
Wild Horses
Midnight Rambler  [Mick played harmonica]
Night Time Is The Right Time (with Lisa Fischer or Lisa Fisher)

Introductions

Slippin' Away (Keith)
Infamy (Keith) - New CD
Miss You (to the B-stage)
Rough Justice (B-stage) - New CD
Get Off My Cloud (B-stage)  [Mick played guitar]
Honky Tonk Woman (back to main stage)
Sympathy for the Devil
Brown Sugar
Jumping Jack Flash

Encore

You Can't Always Get What You Want
(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction

 

Set List (Tampa, Florida)

Start Me Up
Only Rock 'n' Roll (But I Like It)
She's So Cold
Tumbling Dice
Rough Justice
Back Of My Hand
Dead Flowers
B*tch
Night Time Is The Right Time

Introductions

The Worst (Keith)
Infamy (Keith)
Miss You (to B-stage)
Oh No, Not You Again (B-stage)
You Got Me Rocking (B-stage)
Honky Tonk Woman (to main stage)
Out Of Control
Sympathy for the Devil
Brown Sugar
Jumping Jack Flash

Encore

(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction

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Concert Review
by
Ed Brown

 

I have been looking forward to this show for six months since we ordered tickets and Sir Mick did not disappoint. The advent of the miracle of the worldwide web has created a new phenomenon. The widely published play list has it ups and downs. Used to be you went to a concert and had no idea when or if the artist was going to perform your favorite song. Now all you have to do is type in a couple of words and you have the entire play list of whoever you want, which takes all the drama out of the show. While Paul McCartney's play list never varied, Mick and the boys changed from night to night. Dallas was blessed with a great show and the best part was I had no idea what was coming next. It was almost like having a child.

I first saw the Stones July 6, 1975 at the Cotton Bowl. A group called The Eagles opened for them. Not sure what happened to them.

Merle Haggard was to open the show but as will happen with the elderly,  illness forced him to cancel. We got Delbert McClinton instead. It was kind of like getting off a plane in Hawaii and finding out you are in Cleveland instead. OK maybe not.

Sir Mick took the stage about 9:15 and they opened with Start Me Up. They looked great, had a lot of energy, and musically they were much more polished than they were 30 years ago.  Later they broke into Shattered, Tumbling Dice, Wild Horses, and Midnight Rambler.  Four great songs I had no idea they would perform. I am guessing they don't perform Shattered in New York City.  The new album "A Bigger Bang" was featured prominently throughout the show and is in my opinion the best album they have done in many years. The highlights of the new CD included Rough Justice and Oh No, Not You Again.  Listening to Keith belt out a couple of songs while Sir Mick has a cup of tea has always been a part of the Stones experience but an intermission would have been just as enjoyable.

The Stones have always been about getting closer to the crowd whether it be hoisting Mick in a crane or moving the stage to the back of the arena. This time they performed Miss You as the stage was being moved and Get Off My Cloud and Rough Justice on the back stage and Honky Tonk Woman as it was returning. They finished up with Brown Sugar, Jumping Jack Flash, Sympathy For The Devil, and the encores were You Can't Always Get What You Want and Satisfaction.

The bad part is you are never satisfied. They had 50 more songs that we would have loved to hear but you can't always get what you want. But I am sure they will do some of those the next time through. That is the good part.  With Sir Mick. there is always a next time.

Dallas Concert - Pictures from a cell phone