What does it sound like?:
The date: 25 November 1994. The venue: Joe Robbie Stadium, Miami. The occasion: The Stones are in town, dropping by on their latest mammoth globe straddling trek, promoting their Voodoo Lounge album. Parts of this show have been released before, but this two cd plus dvd set captures the whole shebang for the first time. That means a further ten songs have been added, and the correct running order restored. As if that wasn’t enough, there’s also a bonus of another five songs not performed at this show, taken from an earlier gig at Giants Stadium. Of course, a good deal of their set list has been fairly constant for decades now, for better or for worse, but it’s always great to hear the likes of Tumbling Dice, Honky Tonk Women and Sympathy For The Devil, and you simply can’t argue with the closing quintet of Street Fighting Man, Start Me Up, It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll, Brown Sugar and Jumping Jack Flash. It’s great also to hear some excellent songs that don’t get as much limelight as they deserve – Shattered, Beast of Burden, Doo Doo Doo Heartbreaker, All Down The Line and the countrified Dead Flowers and Sweet Virginia. They even play a few songs from the current album, although that’s not really what the crowd came for, and you get the impression these songs are endured rather than adored. I’m not a lover of special guests, but for those that are you get Sheryl Crow, Bo Diddley and Robert Cray, the latter being the best of the three. The whole show is excellently filmed, the remastered sound is good and the band is on top form, firing on all cylinders. What more can you want?
What does it all *mean*?
If you like The Stones then this is the definitive record of their show in the mid-nineties – can that really be almost twenty five years ago? Tempus really does fugit!
Goes well with…
Stadium rock, but without the constant stream of people milling around.
Might suit people who like…
Living legends or old gods, almost dead.