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The Rolling Stones

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

PNC Park, Pittsburgh, PA


The Rolling Stones
1. Start Me Up
2. You Got Me Rockin'
3. She's So Cold
4. Tumbling Dice
5. Rough Justice
6. Wild Horses
7. You Can't Always Get What You Want
8. Rocks Off
9. Night Time is the Right Time
10. The Worst
11. Infamy
12. Miss You
13. Oh No Not You Again
14. Get Off Of My Cloud
15. Honky Tonk Women
16. Sympathy For The Devil
17. Paint It Black
18. It's Only Rock And Roll
19. Jumpin' Jack Flash
20. Satisfaction

21. Brown Sugar

My Concert Review

(9/29/05) (transcribed from radio)

Last night I saw The Rolling Stones in concert. I drove back to Pittsburgh (a nice four hour drive), and I caught the Stones at PNC Park last night, and then I came back up to campus this morning. It was a great show, lots of fun. It was a bigger bang, as the Stones' newly released album puts it. They had fireworks to start off the show, and they had more fireworks later on in the show. They had fire, they had moving stages, a huge tower of screens, and a lot of great songs - it was awesome.

Pearl Jam opened up for The Rolling Stones, to get us all in the mood. I'm not a huge Pearl Jam fan, but I enjoyed their act. It was good, and I really liked that they closed their act with Rockin' in the Free World, which they played when they were touring with Neil Young a while back, back in the nineties. But then the Stones came on, and after a few fireworks to announce their arrival, the band took the stage, Mick Jagger in his sparkly gold jacket, just jumping around the stage, and they kicked off the show with Start Me Up.

(Start Me Up)
(You Got Me Rockin')
(She's So Cold)
(Tumbling Dice)

As I said, they entered the stage with a bang, quite literally - a bigger bang, you might say - and they started with Start Me Up, and then they played You Got Me Rockin', and She's So Cold, and then Tumbling Dice. After those four songs, the Stones tried one of the songs from their new album, A Bigger Bang, which was released just recently. They played the song Rough Justice off of that album, which I've heard is one of their more popular songs from that album, thus far, at least so far as having been played on the radio the most times recently. I dunno, I don't really listen to the radio that much while I'm here, but I do know that it's a great song, and I've had the chorus to it stuck in my head for the past half a week, which is only as long as I've owned the album. But they played Rough Justice last night, and it was great.

(Rough Justice)

After playing one of their new songs, the Stones subsequently went into a couple of old old favorites, and for this next one, Mick Jagger invited Eddie Vedder (lead singer for Pearl Jam) back up onto the stage to sing some of the vocals on Wild Horses.

(Wild Horses)
(You Can't Always Get What You Want)
(Rocks Off)

After Wild Horses and You Can't Always Get What You Want, the Stones went into another rockin' hit, Rocks Off, from their album Exile On Main St, widely touted by many fans as one of The Rolling Stones' greatest albums. After Rocks Off, which they did a really funky little bridge portion in that song that was really cool, the Rolling Stones played a little tribute to Ray Charles - they played his song Night Time is the Right Time (To Be With The One You Love). It was one of my favorite songs that they played last night, featuring a really, really soulful vocal performance by the Stones' backup singer (I think her name was Lisa) - just a very, very great, very emotional performance, and I really enjoyed it.

After that song, Mick Jagger introduced the band, and he finished his introductions with Keith Richards. Keith stepped up and played a couple of songs where he was the lead vocalist. He led a couple pieces, the first of those is a song called The Worst, from their album Voodoo Lounge, and after that he played one of the Stones' new songs off of their new album A Bigger Bang - that song is called Infamy.

(The Worst)

After Keith Richards' little mini-set, the band came back in full force, and their next song was kind of interesting. The song they played was Miss You, but as they started to play it, the band all gathered together in the very center of the stage, and then while they were playing through the song, a little section of the center of the stage lifted up and it started moving out into the audience. It moved quite a ways, and eventually it docked with a little sort of island stage, right out there in the middle of the crowd in PNC Park stadium. They did a few songs out there on that little island stage, and it was really cool. It was great to see them right out in the middle of their fans. They did a few songs, including another one from their new album, A Bigger Bang.

(Miss You)
(Oh No Not You Again)

After Oh No Not You Again, Mick said he was going to play a really old one, and he wasn't sure if we would all remember it - of course, we did. Actually, from that point, I do believe from then to the very end of the concert, the rest of the songs were a lot of good, really good oldies, a lot of which a lot of people, including myself, weren't necessarily expecting to hear. A lot of good ones. They kicked off this part with the song Get Off Of My Cloud - a really old one, but a really good one, I like it.

(Get Off Of My Cloud)

Speaking of clouds, at this point, The Rolling Stones were kind of on a cloud of their own, floating above the middle of the audience, right on their little island stage. But during their next song, they floated back to the main stage, and awaiting them was this huge inflatable tongue - you know, The Rolling Stones tongue - that was sticking out of the main video screen. It was designed with this colorful flower pattern, and it was really cool. So the Stones traveled back to the main stage with the song, Honky Tonk Women.

(Honky Tonk Women)

The next song that the Stones played last night was another one of my favorite performances of the night, not only because it's a really really great song, but the performance itself was really awesome too last night. It started off kind of dark and creepy with a nice drum beat to kick the song off, and some really freaky red patterns flashing on the video screens. Mick Jagger was dressed all in black for this and the next song or two (he actually changed a few times, so it would seem, throughout the night). They used a lot of fire in this song. There was fire leaping up from the top of the tall video screens. I remember, the first time the fire flashed during that song, I felt the heat wave before I saw the fire and it was just like, woah! It was a lot of fun. It was a great song, some great great guitar work on this one. Even in the original, the guitar solo is very raw, but it's so satisfying. It's called Sympathy For The Devil.

(Sympathy For The Devil)
(Paint It Black)
(It's Only Rock And Roll)

Getting into the last songs of the show last night, only a couple more here. The next song they played, they kicked it off with Keith Richards playing a killer Chuck Berry-inspired guitar riff - it was great.

(Jumpin' Jack Flash)

Satisfaction. That was the last song that the Stones played last night. I saw it live. Oh wait, there was an encore!

(Brown Sugar)

And with that, the concert was ended. The Rolling Stones. A Bigger Bang. Some more fireworks, and they were gone. Being at that concert made me feel like I was back in the sixties, but in reality, it's The Rolling Stones who are in their sixties. But, surprisingly, the're still out there, rockin' as hard as they ever have, or so it seems. Really impressive, and it was a really great experience getting to see The Rolling Stones live. It's so great that I had that opportunity, because the last time they visited Pittsburgh, a few years ago, for the Forty Licks tour, I missed out - the tickets were too expensive and hard to get. But this time I saw them, so I'm happy! That's one more thing I can cross off my list of things to do before I die!

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