CONCERT REVIEW - THE ROLLING STONES, ALLPHONES ARENA, 12/11/2014
If I were to describe it in one word it would be ‘Brilliant’.
When I first heard about the Rolling Stones 14 ON FIRE tour coming to Australia, being a passionate musician myself and having listened to the Stones with my dad since I was a baby, I knew I could not miss out on seeing the legends of music, right before my eyes.
The arena was packed to the rim, every seat filled with adoring fans from all generations. The energy and buzz was undeniable.
The crowed roared with excitement, stood up and applauded as Stones graced the stage with Keith’s guitar leading the band into ‘Jumping Jack Flash’.
Ladies and Gentlemen, the Rolling Stones are in the building .
They sang hit after hit, from ‘Honky Tonk Women’ to ‘Brown Sugar'. Each song with passion, energy and true musicianship. The Stones are truly in a class of their own and proof that age is no barrier to great music and performance. I couldn't begin to compare them with anyone or anything else.
Keith even sang three songs with Mick recovering from a throat infection (he masked it very well, the show was certainly not compromised in the slightest) and former guitarist Mick Taylor made a special appearance for ‘Midnight Rambler’.
To close, a hauntingly beautiful rendition of ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’ joined by the Sydney Philharmonic choir. Last but certainly not least, the show was ended with ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’, whose instantly recognisable baseline played on in my mind long after the show concluded.
As the Stones took to the stage for their final bow, the audience cheered - and continued to cheer after the Stones had well and truly left the stage. A testament to the sheer enjoyment they felt.
The Set List
Jumping Jack Flash (single, 1968)
It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll (But I Like It) (from It’s Only Rock N Roll, 1974)
Respectable (from Some Girls, 1978)
Tumbling Dice (from Exile On Main Street, 1972)
Sweet Virginia (from Exile On Main Street, 1972)( Audience Request)
Bitch (from Sticky Fingers, 1971)
Paint It Black (from Aftermath, 1968)
Honky Tonk Women (single, 1968)
You Got The Silver (from Let It Bleed, 1969)
Before They Make Me Run (with Keith on lead vocals)(from Some Girls, 1978)
Happy (with Keith on lead vocals) (from Exile On Main Street, 1972)
Midnight Rambler (with Mick Taylor on guitar) (from Let It Bleed, 1969)
Miss You (from Some Girls, 1978)
Gimme Shelter (from Let It Bleed, 1969)
Start Me Up (from Tattoo You, 1981)
Sympathy For The Devil (from Beggars Banquet, 1968)
Brown Sugar (from Sticky Fingers, 1971)
You Can’t Always Get What You Want (from Let It Bleed, 1969)
(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction (from Out Of Our Heads, 1965)
A night of Rock n Roll in all its glory!
Thank you Mick, Keith, Charlie, Ronnie and the band for one of the best experiences of our life.