Hamburg 30. August,
I wrote after the show:
It was really
a night to remember! We got there very late ( around 4 pm), but we knew
the name and the password, so we made it into the Keith side this time.
is next to the Volkspark in Hamburg, a very large site, so roughly 90.000
people were there. But in the front section you do not feel the audience
is a hassle. Although there was one drunken guy who started a fight and
was taken out. I can't stand drunken people making a fuzz and spoiling
the mood, so that was ok by me, although his friends kept complaining
started early (7.35 pm), as there is a curfew in Hamburg, meaning they
had to stop at 22.00 pm, which they did. Big Country opened again, still
some sort of feud going on betweend Stuart Adamson and his guitar roadie,
this time about the length of a cable. Set was ok, nothing special.
were in great form. It was "talking to the audience"-night. I have never
heard Mick talk so much, even Keith and Ronnie did some comments as well.
They came out in the full sunlight, everyone wearing sunglasses, as the
sun was right in their eyes. Mick: "We usually do this show in the dark,
of Hamburg decided that you should go to bed early tonight, so we started
earlier as well."
was strong, so was Let's spend the Night together. There were little problems
with the monitors, as first Mick and then later Ronnie turned to the right
side, signalling the monitor control guy to turn it up. Ronnie had some
problems with his guitar as well at some stage, but all in all he played
very well and loud.
came out you could see Jo Wood just next to the drums, giving him a kiss
before he came on. Geogia Mae was also there for the first 8 or 9 songs,
right by the keybords. She did some dance routines during Gimme Shelter
and Anybody seen my baby. I coulnd't see with whom she was, but it looked
a bit like Patti Hansen. It all seemed like a family trip on stage, Mick
and Ronnie bringing their daughters (Leah did Thief in the Night on bv's
again) and maybe that made them try a little harder so they could impress
me was alright, but the crowd did not really get it afterwards, so Out
of control came soon. Guitars were very loud on this one, Ronnie's wah
wah and Keith's soloing and hitting the strings was gorgeous.
For introductions Ronnie
brought out a little old man and introduced him as Scotty Moore. I wondered
if he would play something with them, but he didn't. Ronnie was asked out
to the catwalk on Keith' side during IORR and he gladly took the turn over
there with Mick. Ronnie was running around quite a lot in Hamburg, being
more on the Keith side than on his side. Lots of interplay with the guitars,
lots of strange noises during solos, Ronnie's solo for Miss you was great!
Never heard him play these noises on this tour, going bang, twang, scrrrrrchhhhhh
And then we caught them cheating! As this was Hamburg, the biggest Harbour
in Europe, they wanted to play some kind of country song, so they did "Dead
Flowers" (which was great and good to see and hear again). But: They wanted
us to believe it was a webchoice and showed the homepage for the Trabrennbahn.
The page they showed had Dead Flowers with 22% and Time is on my side with
19%, Street Fighting Men being third. Memory Motel was nowhere to be seen
at all, not in the Top 5 at least. Before we left Berlin around 12, we
checked the webside and it had Time is on My side with 22% followed by
Memory Motel with 19.5%. Dead Flowers was not even in there at all.
So how did they do this then? Do they make their own html-code to show
something on the screen? Why declare this a webchoice, when it isn't? Why
not just say: no webchoice today? Arrgh. I don't like this, though I did
not mind hearing Dead Flowers. But it's a bit disappointing that you not
only have to make your song gets to No. 1, but you also have to make sure
it's the right song in the right place.
During Miss You the rain
set in again, quite heavily at times but still alright. Keith: "Lousy summer,
but at least we can live with it". Thief in the night was good, but not
as excellent as in Berlin.
On the b-stage
Mick asked Ronnie, what the next song was, but Ronnie didn't listen, because
he was talking to someone in the audience, so Mick shouted "Ronnie" a couple
of times. Ronnie came to him and grabbed his mic and told him: "Mick, I
was talking to the audience" and Mick laughed. Keith fell on his behind
after You got me rocking, Ronnie helped him back on his feet again and
everyone smiled and laughed, Keith couldn't believe that it happened at
all. On the catwalk back to the stage Ronnie and Keith signed a few posters,
the others only shook hands, but did not sign anything.
section was marvellous, very loud and played very well. During Brown Sugar
Keith and Lisa went out left and Keith right. Keith ran over to the left
side then, met Mick and Linda on stage, shook hands and made his way to
the other side. Looked nice, Lisa was trying to catch her breath but followed
years of not having played in Hamburg, the audience just loved it.On our
way home, we had 3 hours of NDR reports on the concert with lots of good
Stones music, interviews with audience and even bits and pieces from Keith
(I wonder which interview that was) about being on tour and what the Stones
are all about. As I said, a night to remember, look forward to the tapes
of the show.
2) Let's Spend the
3) Flip the Switch
4) Gimme Shelter
5) Anybody seen my
6) It's only Rock'n'Roll
7) Saint of Me
8) Out Of Control
9) Dead Flowers
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) Honky Tonk Woman
19) Start Me Up
20) Jumping Jack
21) Brown Sugar
show will be Mannheim, can't go to Bremen and Berlin, Waldbuehne, but like
to read the reports here. :-))
Hamburg was quite a relief after
Leipzig. I had this quarrel with my wife before about how we should get
down to Hamburg. The original plan was to go with Nico, but Nico was still
in shock after Leipzig's traffic jams and he did not want to go. So we
decided to go with Axel, but that was too early for Petra. We also would
have to go home to our place with the train, but she declarde the Hamburg
station "unsafe", so she did not want to go there. OK, we hired a car and
drove all the way down. which turned out alright. There was not much traffic
going on. But after all this we arrived late and parked on the other side
of the Volkspark to get to the motorway quickly after coming back to the
car. As the show was going to be early, they let in people by 2 pm, but
we only arrived there at 4 pm.
We had made appointments for Keith's side this time, but Axel, Gary and
Peter were in at Ronnie's side, as their entrance let to that side. We
did not know that by the time. So we stood there for an hour, until we
saw Alvin Hansen, whom I had met the day before in Berlin at the Cafe Chaos.
He told us what to say to get in, we said the magic words and got in. :-)))
Inside the separated area it was pretty calm, except for two guys from
Berlin, whostarted a fight every five minutes. After some people of the
audience complained to them, one of them was taken out.Which was a relief,
as he was REALLY drunk and did hassle every girl around him. Werner Dwenger
was in there as well, again with his wife Helga and his son. So we all
had a real good time.
was better than in Leipzig and the show was really good. It did not matter
that it was a field again, as we were close to the stage, right next to
the catwalk. We could see very well and the Stones were up to it. It looked
like a family convention in the park and it was treated as something like
that, even by the Stones themselves.A very nice and relaxed feeling! It
was good to see Jagger have Geogia Mae around and Ronnie getting a kiss
before he went on stage. It was also a shame Scottie Moore did not play,
but was just introduced. I would have loved to see that extra bit. And
it was sunny and nice for the first 40 minutes. I think the last time I
had seen the Stones play that early was Cologne 1982.
of it was easy, we just walked half an hour to the car and then drove onto
the motorway towards Bremen and then back home. We were in bed by
3 o'clock in the morning, ending 96 beautiful hours with three Stones shows
what other people have to say about the Hamburg show.