Ok, so i fully realize that i’m the only one who cares about this sort of thing. But it’s been a very good week for Stones fans. They did two 50-year anniversary concerts at O2 this week, one show earlier, and another on the 29th. Tickets cost way too much, as they do for the shows in Brooklyn and Newark upcoming next month, i won’t be there and won’t be sorry not to be either. Youtube is good enough for me.
Still, there’s plenty to make a diehard fan smile. The second show on the 29th seems a lot better than the first one – they’re a lot sharper. Mary J Blige joined them for Gimme Shelter on the 25th – great voice, decent job, but not a patch on the 29th show. I’ve heard a few Florence and the Machine songs, don’t remember them doing much for me. But she kills it with Gimme Shelter. Great rock pipes, charisma to rival Mick’s. Pretty stellar job there actually. And Keith actually manages some really decent guitarwork too.
Another high point – and one to make diehard Stones fans either weep, smile ear to ear, or both – Mick Taylor joining them for Midnight Rambler. Again, much better, more focused and together on the 29th than on the first show.
Still, star of them all is still Mick J. 68 years old, looks fantastic, can play the harp, jumps around like a teenager for 2 1/2 hours. Voice isn’t what it was, but that’s a small gripe here.
Ok then, as you were.