Hannover 26. June, 1998
I wrote after the show:
home around 11 am to go to Hannover, keeping in mind that the A2 is a very
busy motorway with lots of roadworks. But as summer holidays had started
in NRW a day earlier, it was a pleasant 2 1/4 h drive 215 k up north to
Hannover. We stayed in the far north of Hannover, the concert was in the
opposite part of the town.
had settled everything with my wife's aunt and uncle, we left for the tram
that could take us to the EXPO 2000 area, which is more or less the area
of the Hannover trade fairs. We took the line 1, not the line 8, which
was crowded, but ended up south of the field. When we arrived at the concert
place, more or less a parking lot for the trade fairs, the gates had just
opened. so we ran again. :-)))))
As the people
taking the line 8 were let into the site on the right side, there was no
way to get into the Keith section, but running 800 m took us comfortably
into the Ronny section. This time we were even nearer the stage than in
Duesseldorf, only two or three people in front of us and about two to the
right where the Catwalk is. Dieter Hoffmann had "pole position" on this
side and he wouldn't give up his place.
started late. Tickets said 7 pm, but an annoucer told us, that there were
traffic jams outside, so they would start an hour later. Which was not
true, because next morning newspapers, which had very large pictures, stated,
that traffic was really pretty low, not a lot of jams for people COMING
to the concert.
was on around 7.55 pm, doing about 40 minutes. He did some other songs
than in Duesseldorf, was a bit more interesting, but again no band that
works outside in the sunshine. The weather was hot, windy after the sun
had gone down and the wind was blowing onto the stage.
came on 9.15 pm, Keith and Charlie coming out together, Keith going to
the front, posing until the rockets came out and then the concert got really
going. This seemed to be Ronnie's night, I could hear him play clearly
from Satisfaction onwards, doing lots of bits and pieces, licking here
and there or taking the rhythm part.
Ronnie in good mood, Keith really hitting bits, Jagger running round and
showing the strength of his voice (again). Both glimmer twins right in
the middle of the stage front for the ending, laughing and smiling.
2) Let's Spend the
lots of rhythm bits, smiling at Jagger, Jagger smiling back, both back
to back, Richards moved away from his mike, but also did some very nice
backing vocals with some kind of tremolo in his voice I hadn't noticed
3) Flip the Switch
up the first riff a bit, but got into it very fast, Jagger moving all over
the stage, singing very strong. The audience around us was singing every
word to it.
4) Gimme Shelter
strong version, Keith and Ronnie doing their "weaving" thing, interchanging
notes and riffs. When Richards did the rhythm, Ronnie filled with lead
riffs and vice versa. Lisa was not trying to be as prominent as she usually
is, but did a real strong version with Mick. Rounds of applause for Lisa.
5) Anybody Seen my
the set again. I thought they were doing something else first, but then
ASMB started. OK by me, some people did not seem to like it, but Bernard
and Jagger did a good rap. Ronnie was pretty strong again, his licks could
be heard very loudly in the mix and he seemed to enjoy it. Lots of encouraging
from Mick and Keith by looking at him smilingly.
6) It's only Rock'N'Roll
At our side
the first few rows started to sing the chorus before the song even started.
Jagger noticed that and smiled at us. Then Keith hit the chords and off
we went. Again Ronnie was heard very loud, "weaving" with Keith again.
7) Saint of me
singing "Oh Yeah" again when Jagger got his guitar, so he knew we knew
what was going to come and he smiled again. Some girls around us had taken
some spare undies and bras and waved them throughout the song, which Jagger
seemed to like. He and Keith pointed at our area at some time during the
song. The japanese couple that I had seen in Duesseldorf were in front
of us again and held out their notes to Ronnie, he waved back.
8) Out of control
Yeah" went on for a couple of minutes, so Jagger had to start OOC, to cool
it down. Very strong version, lots of spasmo dance around the stage, very
delicate trumpet this time, really, really good. Keith did a lengthy solo
and moved all over the place like Mick did.
9) Love is strong
It did win
at last. Mind, when I voted on Thursday, I gained 0,5 % with my vote. It
had 21 % in the end. Jagger said something like they had to do it now and
had to rely on Ronnie, see if he remembers it. Ronnie laughed and Keith
set off with the riff. It was a rather rough version, Mick missing out
on some of the harmonica bits. It seemed pretty underrehearsed, maybe that's
why they did not do it before. But it was a change from UMT and I liked
it a lot, I had only heard it a couple of times on the last tour, so I
was very pleased.
10) Miss you
"Wollt ihr mitsingen?" at the beginning. This time Mick tried to lick Lisa's
breasts, but she wouldn't let him. Keiht did smoke a cigarette in the middle,
when everybody gathers in front of the drums.
who mentioned Hannover a couple fo times before, introduced Blondie as
"Being in Hamburg with us for the first time". Well, Hamburg will see the
show in late August, Mick, this was Hannover. :-) The Charlie-chant got
under way before Ronnie was introduced, so Mick cut that short with introducing
Ronnie and then Charlie. He got rounds of applause, but the cries for Charlie
in Duesseldorf were more intense.
12) Thief in the
us, that he did mean it when he said he liked to be back in Hannover. TITN
was very laid back, Leah was doing backing vocals and dance again, Blondie
on guitar and Keith' guitar roadie did keybords with Chuck, shaking hands
with him after the song finished. Nice solo by Ronnie. Ronnie kept looking
at Leah and she smiled back.
13) Wanna hold you
very fast, very good. Lots of licks from Ronnie again and the horns really
14) Little Queenie
again, both guitars loud and clear in the mix, Keith doing the low stuff,
Ronnie the high notes, as far as I could see.
15) You got me rocking
Ronnie"What's the next song Ronnie?, Ronnie?" And he mumbled YGMR. Very
strong slide guitar playing by Ronnie, the other chords were played by
16) Like a Rolling
that song about 18 times now, they could now play something else in that
position, but nevertheless it was very strong. Mick doing some slight extensions
on his harp solo, the odd note here and there, ok all in all.
17) Sympathy for
came back on the catwalk, the girls with the underwear started throwing
panties and bras at Keith and Charlie. Both did not catch them, but Keith
got some up and took it with him. Jagger usually comes down the catwalk
in his "Sympathy" dress about 3 minutes later, when he is about to start
to sing. He got some more underwear as well. In the song you could hear
Ronnie again very loudly, licking here and there. Jagger moved out onto
both sides, Keith did a very hefty solo, hitting the strings really hard.
18) Tumbling Dice
I like the
bit on the Jumbotron during the solo, where they switch on the guitar camera
on Ronnie's guitar, so you get the impression of a guitar neck with everything
else around moving. Ronnie did not move that much this time, but Daryll
tried to get into the picture as well. Keith and Ronnie interchanged licks
again, very good song.
19) Honky Tonk Women
fast, but slowed down a bit, lots of girls on the video screen this time.
Now the rest of the underwear was thrown onstage and Jagger picked it up
to bring it to the drumset. He gave a boyish grin and seemed to like it.
Keith did his piano bit again (which, having seen it for three tours now,
gets a bit boring) and people were singing heavily.
20) Start me up
starts to the song, Keith seems to like to do it this way, lots or running
and moving around. Very good version, although not as spectacular as before.
Jagger went down all the way to stand in front of the front row, roughly
one meter away from me, all for the jumbotron.
21) Jumping Jack
Ronnie's showdown for tonight, Keith came round to say byebye to us, Ronnie
moved around, Jagger went to both sides of the stage, as did Keith. In
the end, Ronnie took off his guitar and hit the stage with it for a couple
of times, just like guitar heroes do. Jagger saw that and looked at him
in amazement, Ronnie smiled back.
22) Brown sugar
came out again, Ronnie went to his side of the stage, where the stairs
are and set down there, played on and on. He sat there for about 1 1/2
minutes. I have never seen him do that before. In the end you have Bernard
and Lisa with Mick at stage center front, this time they did some more
yeah yeah yeah oohhhs than usual. Great ending to a great show.
remarks: They seemed to be happier on stage than in Duesseldorf, playing
was much stronger (again), although the crowd was not going that far as
they were in Duesseldorf. My area was ok, but this was a field, more or
less sqare, and lots of people did not really see them very good. There
was less singing going on generally, although we did sing quite a lot in
picks were thrown in the audience, I nearly grabbed one, but somebody hit
my hand, so I lost it. Got some confetti though. As the wind was blowing
TO the stage, all the Brown Sugar confetti got onto the stage, we were
covered in confetti and the stage was covered as well, must have been very
slippery up there.
If you ask
me: Duesseldorf and Hannover were very strong shows. The music was a bit
better in Hannover, Ronnie was twice as strong as in Duesseldorf, but the
audience in Duesseldorf was better (maybe because an arena has a different
sound to a field, I don't know). 60.000 in Duesseldorf, 90.000 in Hannover,
both sold out.
I noticed they have got new ones there. I bought one in Duesseldorf,
that had the first dates still on it (MAY: Berlin, Munich, Gelsenkirchen
etc). Now they were selling a version 2.0, starting in June with Nurnberg,
but still having Milano and Bilbao on it, although all the other dates
in right order. For Poland they mentioned Katowice now and Frankfurt, which
was on the first version, is gone now.
I hope I
did not bore you too much with this repot, Have lots of fun in Amsterdam,
people going there should be in for a very good show. I don't know if I
can make it to Amsterdam workwise, but I will be back in Munich. See you
as relaxed to go back and to the show as Duesseldorf. Staying with family
makes it so much easier. They know how to avoid the masses and sneak in
somewhere, which we did. After being lucky again in Hannover to get into
the front section we decided to go for it on all the other shows. It's
so exciting to get there when the gates are still close or just opened
and just to rush in and to fall down right in front of the stage to make
sure you have got your bit of space of the ground. When the support act
comes on, everyone rushes up and then it's another reshuffle of the crowds
again. if you are lucky, you can even then make it from 10th row to second
row and nearer to the stage center, which we always looked for.
The bad thing
about Hannover was that we all were coming from different places and agreed
to try to meet in the Keith side. As that was closed when we got there,
we had to make it to Ronnie's side. So we only met Dieter Hoffman. there
was no way meeting people afterwards, as that was the first place were
they made people leave the front section and even the place very fast.
They just made a line of security people holding lines between them and
marched forward. We made it to the B-Stage (always meeting point after
the show), but the people from the Keith side were forced out to the right,
where they opened the fences. It was a bit of a shame, but what can you
It was a field again, but much better than in Nuremberg, much better organized
and maybe because it wasn't as cold as in Nuremberg. The Stones did not
seem to be too loud, newspapers had reports the next morning, that you
could not hear anything of it one km away. Strange. There were a couple
of hotels nearby, which all ran Stones-extravaganzas. When we walked down,
we could see people in the windows with lots of camera gear. That explained
the good pics we got in Hannover's papers the next morning.
what other people said about it.