Saw The Rolling Stones in Chicago on 6/21/19

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    This was the third time I’ve seen them, they are truly an institution. My son lives in Chicago, and got us tickets for a belated Father’s Day gift. His first concert was at this very stadium, and this very band! We took him to the Stones Bridges to Babylon tour show here over 20 years ago.

    How were they? LOUD! (Hell yes). We were pretty close to the stage left P.A. speakers, so we felt it. First night of the tour, and Keef was a bit sloppy on a few tunes, but the man is a living legend! Ronny seemed to have attended all the rehearsals, and he had Keith’s back. Mick has more energy than I do, by far. All in all, a great show! They seemed to be focused on delivering the vintage live versions of their classics. Guitars were loud, and front and center in the mix. Horns and keyboards were present, but these were no “Vegas” versions of the tunes. Particularly notable was Midnight Rambler. It was like being at Madison Square Garden, during the 1969 tour. They played it bluesy, and raw, and did not shorten the middle. When the tempo slows to a crawl in the middle, the guitars barely playing, Mick does a brief vocal mash up, sings a few bars of “You gotta move”. Then, the inevitable “You heard about the Boston...” Wham! Keith’s guitar sounding like a nuclear blast! Too freaking cool, man.
    And, speaking of Keef’s guitars, it was a veritable guitar show. Keef and Ronny both changed guitars after each song for the first five songs. They continued to rotate gear through out the concert, very cool. I was glad they brought the raw energy to the show. I’d rather hear a few sloppily played bits played with menace, than slick, watered down lounge versions!
    If you get a chance during this tour, pull the trigger on tickets!!
     
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    I’ve got tickets for Miami, which went from being the first show on the tour to the last, due to the re-scheduling.

    Glad to see Mick doing so great:)

    I’m likin’ the way that stage set-up looks. My tix are on Keef’s side right about where the little wing runway goes out, 30 rows back in the lower bowl.

    Their sound system is soooo good and the guitars are loud and upfront - what’s not to like?

    Lots of pics of the show over on iorr.com.
     
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    The Greatest Rock and Roll Band in the world!
     
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    You will have a great time!
     
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    I’ve seen them thrice. The last time was in Hartford in 1981, so they all had a lot more spring in their step. Keef was sloppy and raunchy as ever. That’s one of the things I love about that cat.
     
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    Whether you’re a fan or not (and I am, a huge one), you’ve got to respect their legacy. And the fact that they’re still kicking ass — hard — at such an advanced age ... well, it inspires the hell out of me.
     
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    Agreed!

    My Air Force buddies and I drove from Barksdale AFB, in Shreveport, LA, to Texas, to see the Stones (they were the headliners) play at the Cotton Bowl. It was the summer of '73 or '74.

    It was a very hot day, and when Jagger walked out on stage, he acknowledged the heat, and told the crowd that it would be okay if they took their clothes off. Well, in an instant, the ladies at the front started throwing their halter tops on stage!

    What a way to jumpstart the headliners' act, huh? The Stones played for almost 3 hours. It was a great show, and a great weekend!
     
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    I've seen them thrice as well and they always delivered. My favorite all time band and they still seem to have all of the energy (and top notch sound system) to bring it on. The only group that I would spend the big bucks to see again. Amazed at Mic's recovery at his age.
     
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    Cool!
     
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    Glad they were loud n proud!
     
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    Good that they are still kicking it. Last time I saw them Brian Jones was in the band....
     
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    A close friend and Chicago native had front row seats... so jealous!
     
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    Excellent. Saw the Satisfaction clip from that night and Charlie was/is amazing.
     
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    Yes! The man was in constant movement, AND singing at the same time!
     
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    The only time I've seen them was on the Steel Wheels tour. I arrived in an objective state of mind, not being a hard core fan, and was stunned by their performance.

    They got out on stage, simply did what the Rolling Stones do, and I was blown away by it.

    I've never heard another band that worked like a well-oiled and simultaneously sloppy, spontanous machine that was so comfortable with their own process.
     
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    This little piece is interesting - I found it amazing that Keef still sees challenges in playing his own stuff after all these years.

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    did you mean iorr.org ?
     
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    Keith, still riffing hard thru his Tweed Twins, incredible!

    I saw them in 72 at MSG, 75 same, and 99 in Hartford.

    They still "bring it"!

    I may go to the Miami show.
     
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    Awesome article, thanks for posting that!
     
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    Great stuff. Thanks.
     
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