Berlin 10. September,
Again: I could
not be there. The rumours were confirmed at the day of the first Berlin
show, and Axel & Nico got their tickets the next day, as they went
on sale round 5.30/6.00 pm. I even lended Axel some money to get all the
tickets he wanted. Sometimes it breaks your heart, when you see all the
tickets for the show of the year, but you know, you cannot be there. One
of my collegues was off for a vacation during that week, so I had to BE
in, I could not go. OK, just don't think of it, just accept it, I said
to myself and I could cope.
I would have
loved to see them in the small set Waldbuehne in 1998, my only indoor shows
being from 1976 and 1982 (Frankfurt), long time ago. But it did not happen,
so what the heck.
fucks up once in a while": this time it was not Keith, but Johannes could
not make it to join us for this special show.
At the beginning
of the tour we had these heavy rumours, that we get a club gig here in
Berlin as a starter for the european tour, but the rib story killed this
event. Now we got this arena show as an excuse, but on the other side we
had to pay 200 DM to attend this show in the amphi theatre "Waldbuehne".
Stones concert in this place, after my very first Stones show in 1965,
when this place was destroyed after the show ended and 1982, when they
feared, this could happen again. Also now a heavy presence of police
outside the Waldbuehne, ignoring the fact, that it is a meeting of mainly
elderly people here. So it's natural that I met my old school-friend Silvio
HERE after years again among all the many Stones fans I know here. In 1965
I was upper level, medium level in 1982, so what else than the middle front
row can I do now. It was easy to get there, many people didn't want to
stay there, they prefered to sit down this time for 200 DM. And so it
happens, that I see this concert very closely, no need to have a look at
the monitors at the right and left side of the stage, which was bigger,
than the average Waldbuehne stage. The stage was also higher than usual,
so I saw Charlie the first time at the final bows. But I had Ronnie, Keith
and Mick only meters away and I could mostly see them all together, which
is hardly possible from the front row at the BTB stage.
concert was special, because I was able to see them more as a band than
on other occasions. They did not change the set very much and did the usual
communications with the audience, but bigger audiences and bigger fields
to play cannot be the solution for the future of the Stones, so like the
concerts in New York's Madison Square Garden this was also a test for the
possibilities of future Rolling Stones tours.
Concert from 20 h
40 to 22 h 45, they played:
1.I Can't Get No
2.It's Only Rock'n
3.Flip The Switch
7.Saint Of Me
8.Out Of Control
9.Let It Bleed (so
called web choice)
11.Thief In The Night
12.I Wanna Hold You
13.Live With Me
14.Like A Rolling
15.Sympathy For The
17.Honky Tonk Women
18.Start Me Up
19.Jumping Jack Flash
choice was a joke, because it was only possible to vote for the nect concert
in Mannheim. There was no B-stage, but Respectable and Live With Me were
still ringing in my ears when I left the arena in a very good mood. After
the 1982 concert here the once famous Stones bar HONKY TONK was founded.
The Stones survived also this bar, which is sadly closed since two years
now, so we had a little meeting in the Cafe Chaos after the show also with
some fans I knew before only by e-mails.
but if the Stones decide to do shows like this in the future, don't worry,
as I always will be with them.
Nico's pics from the
what other people thought about it. Here's
here's even more.