Berlin 26. August 1998
I wrote after the show:
I have very
mixed feelings about this show. Some magic moments, but also some things
that annoyed me. Again we made it into the front section of Ronnie's side,
although the Berlin audience was not my kind of audience. 5 hours of pushing
and trying to stay alive before the show. When in other cities it always
was quite relaxed and easy in the front section, in Berlin you couldn't
move at all. The rain was awful and spoilt a lot of the feeling for me.
It was starting to rain as soon as we got into the Olympiastadium and never
really stopped. Rain shows can be good, but this one wasn't as good as
it could have been.
opened. I had seen them a couple of times opening in 1995, but now they
were not as good as they were then. I have a feeling they buy their guitars
by colours. Lots of posing, lots of bullshits (in my eyes). The Stones
were very late, starting at around 9.50pm. Maybe they wanted to wait for
the rain to stop. maybe they didn't like to go out in the bad weather.
They finished just a bit after midnight, they had to finish, because there
is a curfew there as well. Some songs seemed to be longer than usual (OOC,
Miss You), so HTW had to be dropped.
somewhere else it seemed, he wasn't really into playing, he was showing
his coats and hats around to everybody else on stage but barely really
concentrated on the riffs. He had his magic moments though, playing wah
wah in OOC and playing some harmoic melodies with Bobby Keys in Miss You.
But all in all it wasn't his night. Keith was really magnificent. He wore
some strange hat during the second half of the show, but he wore it with
taste and dignity. Thief in the Night was abolutely great, everything just
right, every hit just with the right timing. Out of Control was another
really great tune that night, building up more and more tension in the
second half of the song, Mick and Keith just in front of us during the
sound was great, but the songs were a bit disappointing, YGMR as the 2nd
tune again. I would like to see some more choice for that slot. Web choice
was Street Fighting Men, played with a vengeance, Keith hitting the riffs
really hard. It was good to see that tune played again. Paint it Black
was also played. I like the version they play this tour, but have seen
a stronger rendition in Gelsenkirchen.
Lisa's shoe off during Miss You and sucked her toe, asking her "Is it ALL
wet" a couple of times. When he put her toe in his mouth, you could
really hear her shriek and squeak, seems like she never expected him to
do that. He threw the shoe away, so she had to get up and look for it,
after Mick was gone.
Charlie got his "Charlie, Charlie" shoutings for a couple of times, Saint
of Me went on for some time so the Stones had to join the crowd again,
which went on for about 1 or 2 minutes. Somebody carried a sign saying
"Keith sings better than Pavarotti" which made it not only onto the Jumbotron
but also into todays papers. I still like the way Keith puts his guitar
pick in his mouth for the first few bars of Flip the Switch and then takes
it out to play the chords. I still like to be in front of them, even if
the show is not really running smoothly and the feeling is not really right.
Can't wait til tomorrow (Leipzig).
news: The Stones play Berlin again in two weeks. The Waldbuehne Concert
is confirmed for Sep. 10th, tickets being sold from Friday morning for
DM 78,-- and more. 2 tickets per person. Shame is, I most possibly might
not be able to be there. :-((
2) Let's Spend the
3) Flip the Switch
4) Gimme Shelter
5) Anybody seen my
6) Paint it Black
7) Saint of Me
8) Out of Control
9) Street Fighting
10) Miss You
11) Thief in the
12) Wanna Hold you
13) Little Queenie
14) You got me rocking
15) Like a Rolling
16) Sympathy for
17) Tumbling Dice
18) Start Me Up
19) Jumping Jack
20) Brown Sugar
high hopes for Berlin, Weissensee 1990 was marvellous, even with the biggest
rain I had at a Stones show ever on the second night, and 1995 was a really
good show and party afterwards. But this time it did not really click.
The weather was really nasty, as you can see on the pics below. OK, at
least we had the tour feeling back, with Gary Robertson having arrived
from England and Peter Cunningham coming in from Australia. But the mood
in the Olympiastaidon was not right. Lots of tourist audience there, behaving
really unpleasant, pushing and struggling to get to the front more and
more. If it's full, it's full. But today nobody could sit on the ground
to take up some space, because it was just too wet. So everybody struggled
to get into the front as soon as they were in the separated area. And then
we had to wait and wait and wait and struggle to stay alive and wait and
wait a bit longer.
The first time you could breathe
again was after the show, when we met Bjornulf Vik and some other people,
but then Security again got their ropes out to get you out as fast as they
could. Shame, a lost opportunity.
what other people said about the show.
Werner Dwenger, Gary Robertson,
Petra Delmere, Helga Dwenger, Silvia Schumacher, Axel Schumacher, Nico
Johannes & Petra Delmere
Johannes Delmere, Petra
Werner Dwenger, Petra &
Nico Zentgraf, Silvia Schumacher
Petra & Nico Zentgraf,
Gerd van der Zee
Johannes & Petra Delmere
The Berlin stage