Dusseldorf 24. June,
I wrote after the show:
was a show in D'dorf. We just returned, it's about 2 am in the morning
and this was one hell of a concert. We arrived at 5 pm, when the doors
had not been opened yet. EXITEMENT! Doors opened at 5.15 pm and we ran.
Well, most of us did. ;-))
Nico - the
fastest - got in on the Keith side, we arrived when it was already closed,
so we made it to the Ronnie side. Note: This was open for about half an
hour and around 7 pm they let some more people in (about 80 or so).
Band was support, started around 8.25 and played for about 35-40 minutes.
They were boring somehow, although they had a violinist, that resembled
a black version of John Cale and a horn plaxer. Nothing remarkable but
better than Johnny Lang in Nuremberg. Everybody got up for the support
act, so we made it right into the middle of the stage, about one meter
from the front gate and one meter from the side gate to the catwalk. WHAT
A PLACE TO BE! :-))))) I have my doubts if we can top that tomorrow
started at 9.45 pm. Keith came out with his leopard coat and looked meaner
than ever. From then on it was a hell of a show, everything seemed perfect,
everything was on pitch, the only thing letting us down was the cybervote:
Under My Thumb again. LIS was second and missed pole position by some votes
The Set List:
2) Let's Spend the
3) Flip the Switch
4) Gimme Shelter
5) Ruby Tuesday
6) It's only Rock'n'Roll
7) Saint of Me
8) Out Of Control
9) Under My Thumb
10) Miss You
11) You don't Have
to Mean It
12) Wanna Hold You
13) Little Queenie
14) Little Red Rooster
15) Like A Rolling
16) Sympathy For
17) Tumbling Dice
18) Honky Tonk Women
19) Start Me Up
20) Jumping Jack
21) Brown Sugar
The audience was into singing tonight: Ruby Tuesday was sung for some time
after it had finished, Jagger had to direct the choir, Same with IORR and
Saint of Me. He also asked us to sing Miss you as loud as possible, so
that they could even hear it in Cologne. Which we did.
charming again. After his introduction, he had to admit that "It's sometimes
hard to follow Charlie Watts". Because this time Charlie was the one that
got standing ovations during the intros, but on other occasions as well,
returning from the B-stage and during the last bows.
was organized very well, security was loose. Some girl even made it onto
the stage during Start me Up and shook Jaggers hand before being tucked
away by Stage Security. Keith was amazed and amused and showed so.
be heard really well after Miss You, before he was very low in the mix.
The sound on the B-Stage was perfect, you could hear every lick. Before
LARS Mick asked Ronnie, which song to play now, Mick even asked Charlie
at some time, from which year Under My Thumb was.
one strange moment when Jagger spat something out just in front of Ronnie
during TD, which made him look very curious about it, but they seemed friends
again by the time of the encore. Don't know what that meant.
OK, we go
to bed now to prepare for Hannover. My reports on that will be late, as
we will stay there with family, so do not expect it before sunday afternoon/evening.
Still wearing our wristbands, good night all!
After that I went to sleep, but before
we took two pics of Nico and one of me, still carrying our wristbands.
More reviews from me on the next morning:
not very tight at all, we weren't searched that much, Nico was not searched
at all. But: they look into every bag, so do not take any drinks with you.
When you are in the front area, security does give you drinks of pure water
when you ask them. They do anything to make you comfortable in the front,
but you have to behave well. The girl that came onstage during Start me
up ran from the ramp on the right side (Keith) and made well over 50 m,
before security even noticed. She tried to cuddle Mick, but he just shook
her hand before she was taken away.
Somebody had a t-shirt saying sex & drugs & rock & roll which
was shown very often during the show. Others had banners saying Ronnie
or Keith, which got onto the screen as well. A Japanese couple just in
front of us had cardboards saying "Ronnie" and "Keith - Sexy". Ronnie tried
to throw them a guitar pick and seemed to like the cardboard. Keith saw
his message and struck out his tongue, nodding.
you, Lisa was all over the place teasing everyone on stage. Mick did lick
her toes and kissed her shoe, which she seemed to like very much. Lisa
did look better than she did in Nuernberg, coming out in a long black dress,
changing into the glimmer - mini for Miss you and ending in some kind of
pantyhose with black leather torselet. We think she didn't wear any underwear
under the black dress. ;-)))
play the Korg keyboard on You don't have to mean it, Blondie played guitar.
Mick introduced Blondie as "being in germany for the first time", but that's
not true. Nico has seen Blondie in Berlin in 1990 as second guitarist with
Mick Taylor's band.
with Mick singing "Everybody Needs somebody to love" twice, at least the
ending did fit now (better than in Nuernberg). You could not see the exact
figures on the Jumbotron, but LIS seemed to be very close to UMT in the
vote. Every other song was far behind these two.
When you are in the front area, try to get back into the audience as soon
as the Stones have left the stage. the fireworks will go off about 4-5
minutes later. We got the fallout from the fireworks all over us, some
of it even a bit hot. We were covered with the remains of the ash etc.,
nothing to really look forward to. Also the explosives starting JJF can
be dangerous. Nico got a very hard piece of something thrown onto his lips
in Nuernberg. It could easily have hit his eyes. When the explosive effects
are used on stage, you can really feel the heat coming from the stage in
the first rows. I wonder how that feels on stage. There's also a lot of
smoke on the stage during the explosions, which must be very disgusting
to inhale. I wonder how Mick can sing under these conditions.
a mug of water into the audience; the guitar picks did not reach the audience
most of the times. Keith was bare-breasted for the encore and we couldn't
spot any leftovers from his accident. He seems to be ok. He even did smoke
some fags on stage, so this seems to be right as well.
very slim, no belly at all, Keith is alright and in good shape.
was a completely different show to Nuremberg. It was an arena, a very good
arena for a rock show. Next to the motorway and easy to rush in and out.
It was not that far to drive home it was just perfect. The weather was
really hot in the afternoon and mild in the evening, in the arena no wind
at all. When it came to singing, you could actually hear the sound of the
audience singing ringing back to the stage, something you do not have in
a field. The Stones were much tighter, much better than a lot of times
I had seen them before. Ronnie was working on his guitar. The problem with
his guitar playing is partly his sound. He can play and he can play really
good. But most of the time he has to play the high tin sounds in the mix
and they get lost, when they are compared to Keith' beefy solid distorted
sounds. Ronnie does not use distortion a lot, I am not even sure if he
uses it at all. So there's not a lot of sustain to his sounds, they just
fill up some part of the spectrum, but a part you most of the times do
not actually notice. Maybe that's why a lot of people think he plays worse
than Taylor did. He doesn't play worse, he just plays a totally different
style and a totally different role in the Stones.
I really, really
enjoyed that show. I was exited to hear Ruby Tuesday and Little Red Rooster,
the audience was pretty loose, no pushing or fighting in the front row.
The only hard bit was to run to the front, as the actual gate was about
1.5 km away from the arena. It seemed like a marathon run. When I was reaching
the arena, a white cadillac with darkened windows crossed my path. Of course
I did stop to let it go. I still do not know if it was the Stones or if
it wasn't (I'd say it was somebody else), but I like the idea that it might
have been the Stones. :-)
what other people said about the show.