What does it sound like?:
September 1998 saw The Rolling Stones in Germany on yet another leg of yet another money spinning globe spanning mega tour, this time in support of their Bridges To Babylon album. What new is there to say about huge shows like this: the band is tight, the lights are spectacular, the sound is great right from the opening Satisfaction through to the closing notes of the set. There are stand out versions of Gimme Shelter, Paint It Black and Miss You, while Black and Blue’s Memory Motel, a choice voted for by fans via the internet, gets a rare and pleasing outing too. On the other hand, there is a frankly over generous helping of songs from Bridges To Babylon, a decent enough late period record but not, you get the distinct impression, what most people came to hear. However, if there’s a better run of songs to close out the performance than Sympathy For The Devil, Tumbling Dice, Honky Tonk Women, Start Me Up, Jumping Jack Flash, You Can’t Always Get What You Want and Brown Sugar then I’ve yet to witness it! There’s also a further four bonus songs from a show in Chicago, the highlight being a rousing Under My Thumb.
What does it all *mean*?
This period probably wasn’t one of the band’s career high points to be honest, but they still knew how to turn out a polished performance on the night and send everyone home happy.
Goes well with…
Imagining you were there without having to peer at big screens a hundred yards distant while a constant stream of people mill around.
Might suit people who like…