Satisfaction: The Stones at Soldier Field
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:
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