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Satisfaction: The Stones at Soldier Field

by TChris

I’m setting aside for a moment my usual gloomy third person voice to express my wonder at the Rolling Stones, who rocked Soldier Field in Chicago last night. Mick Jagger turned 62 in July, but he struts, sprints, and jumps like a teen. This was the third time I’ve seen the Stones perform live, and the collective energy Mick expended in those three performances may exceed the collective energy I’ve managed to muster in my entire life.

The energy instantly transferred to an appreciative crowd that ranged from pre-teens to senior citizens. This may be the last Stones tour (it was good to see Charlie Watts drumming after his cancer scare), and the tens of thousands of fans who filled the sold-out stadium were clearly thrilled to hear these rock-and-roll legends perform. As far as I could tell, the band didn’t disappoint anyone.

Four songs from A Bigger Bang were mixed in with timeless Stones classics and a respectfully rocking cover of Ray Charles’ Night Time is the Right Time. While I wish they’d send an ongoing message to President Bush by playing Sweet Neo Con at every show, they haven’t been performing it live. In their encore, they did play You Can’t Always Get What You Want, a lesson the president needs to learn. And, to my great Satisfaction, they played my favorite, Sympathy for the Devil:

I watched with glee
While your kings and queens
Fought for ten decades
For the gods they made
I shouted out,
Who killed the kennedys?
When after all
It was you and me

Just as every cop is a criminal
And all the sinners saints
As heads is tails
Just call me lucifer
’cause I’m in need of some restraint
So if you meet me
Have some courtesy
Have some sympathy, and some taste
Use all your well-learned politesse
Or I’ll lay your soul to waste

TalkLeft recently wrote about the Stones here, and Last Night in Little Rock wrote about the band here. I don’t know whether this collected coverage makes the Rolling Stones the official band of TalkLeft, but I know they get my vote.

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  • Re: Satisfaction: The Stones at Soldier Field (none / 0) (#1)
    by Edger on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:03:39 PM EST
    TChris: They played "You Can't Always Get What You Want", I hope. For George, you know?

    Re: Satisfaction: The Stones at Soldier Field (none / 0) (#2)
    by squeaky on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:03:40 PM EST
    Why aren't they playing sweet neo con live?

    Re: Satisfaction: The Stones at Soldier Field (none / 0) (#3)
    by Edger on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:03:40 PM EST
    They could have at least played "Some Girls" for Barbara... ummm... well... on second thought...

    Re: Satisfaction: The Stones at Soldier Field (none / 0) (#4)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:03:41 PM EST
    If you haven't seen it in years, I strongly recommend viewing what is possibly the first real rock video, in the movie Performance (by N. Roeg). 'Letter from Turner,' in the middle of the film, is a stunning Mick Jagger performance, with quite a bit to say about our current evil circumstance. If you like Sympathy for the Devil you will love Letter from Turner. Personally, I prefer 10,000 Light Years from Home. Jim & His Friends' Note of Interest: The character in the movie is named 'Turner.' That choice itself may be a reference to the Turner Diaries, a famous racist tract (Letter from Turner=Turner Diaries?).

    Re: Satisfaction: The Stones at Soldier Field (none / 0) (#5)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:03:41 PM EST
    Oh, it's Memo from Turner. Here's a link to the lyrics, but watch the video first if you've never seen it. Memo from Turner

    Re: Satisfaction: The Stones at Soldier Field (none / 0) (#6)
    by kdog on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:03:41 PM EST
    Why aren't they playing sweet neo con live?
    I think it's because it's one of the weaker tracks on the new album. I wish they would play "Rocks Off" live, I've seen them 4 times and never heard it. "The sunshine bores the daylights out of me"