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rains threatened a die-hard Pac Bell Park crowd in San Francisco but the
Rolling Stones mounted their own "crossfire-hurricane," showering the
audience with a downpour of old favorites and timely covers. "I tell you,
you're a really ... great audience for coming out on a night like this,"
Mick Jagger told the sellout crowd of 38,000.
past tours, there was no new album to flog (other than last year's
greatest-hits set, "Forty Licks," from which the Stones played a new
number, the jaunty "Don't Stop").he Rolling Stones may seem cute and
cuddly now - sort of - but there was a time when their "Bad Boys of
Rock" title packed more than a cartoonish wallop. One album that best
exemplified the Stones' debauched and dangerous side was 1969's "Let It
"Licks" world tour, which kicked off September in Boston, the
legendary British rockers have mixed more obscure songs from a particular album
into their set list of greatest hits. The album that often got the most
attention during the first three months of the tour was "Exile on Main
Street," the Stone's 1972 classic double-album. "Let It Bleed,"
less fully realized than "Exile" but nevertheless possessed of some
of the band's greatest songs, has been getting more attention since the band
resumed touring last week, following a month-long break for the holidays. The
five "Bleed" tracks - "Monkey Man" (which can be heard in
"Goodfellas"), "Live With Me," "Midnight
Rambler," "Gimme Shelter" and the leering title track - made for
some of the least predictable and therefore most exciting moments. The band
opened with "Street Fighting Man," their '60s call-to-arms.
.....In fact, when
Jagger took a two-song break and let the Stones' riff-happy guitarist Keith
Richards take over for "Slippin' Away" and "Before They Make Me
Run," the show's energy level deflated noticeably. Still, over the course
of the three-hour, 22-song set, the Stones were marvelous, especially the
blistering interplay between Richards guitarist Ron Wood. The evening ended
with a run of standards, including "Brown Sugar," "Sympathy for
the Devil" and "Jumpin' Jack Flash." So, instead of having to
sprinkle several unfamiliar new songs into the set, the Stones were able to dig
that much deeper into their wickedly rich catalog.
reportedly rehearsed 130 tunes for the tour. They showcased the late-'60s
"Let It Bleed" album with a funked-up take on "You Can't Always
Get What You Want," offering a slinky lead from Richards and a
double-time, revival-meeting ending; a jittery "Monkey Man"; and a
roiling "Gimme Shelter" featuring a towering vocal duet by Jagger and
backing singer Lisa Fischer. There were also such '70s gems as "Rocks
Off," "Dead Flowers," "Tumbling Dice,"
"Happy" and a protracted "Can't You Hear Me Knocking"
fueled by Wood's guitar solo and Bobby Keys' sultry sax. And there were plenty
of '60s classics, including the opener, "Street Fighting Man," plus
"Sympathy for the Devil," "Honky Tonk Women" and "(I
Can't Get No) Satisfaction."
"Ronnie-Cam," had a tiny camera mounted on the neck of Wood's guitar.
Looking at it charitably, there's no doubt that the Stones offered hard-rocking
riffs to last forever.
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...... By Randy Cohen
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Start Me Up - Don't Stop - You Got Me Rocking - Angie - You Can't Always Get
What You Want - Midnight Rambler - Tumbling Dice - Slipping Away - Happy -
Sympathy For The Devil - Neighbours - Little Red Rooster - Like A Rolling Stone
- Gimme Shelter - Honky Tonk Woman - Street Fighting Man - Jumping Jack Flash -