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 The Rolling Stones
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.......Intermittent 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.
.....Unlike most 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 Bleed" -
....On their "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.
.......They 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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   Stones Setlist:
Brown Sugar - It's Only Rock'n'Roll - 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 - Satisfaction.