Well, in a nutshell, the Rolling Stones were a well oiled rock ‘n roll machine at this Toronto show. I don’t know about other shows on this tour, but this one certainly impressed. It looked like they had rehearsed for a long period of time and were serious about getting the music and the vibe right.
All the shots people take at the Rolling Stones about their age were roundly dismissed by the passion and precision displayed in this performance. This was a top 10 concert for me. I really don’t think it’s fair that rock bands are faced with the notion that they are “too old to rock ‘n roll”. This hasn’t applied to country or blues artists, why should it apply to rock artists?
I would say that the Rolling Stones had to approach this tour was a view providing value for money and playing their hearts out. They did that. They’re not Dream Theater, Rush, or some highfalutin jazz act – their a rock ‘n roll band, one steeped in the blues (and a little country).
I’m really glad I went!
They started with “Get off My Cloud” with smiles on their faces (again, click on any image for a larger view):
Everyone looked fit and sober, and in to it:
Long time Stones touring sax player (and he’s played on every Stones album with sax on it since 1960) Bobby Keys. So yes, all those classic Stones songs like “Brown Sugar”, “Honky-Tonk Woman”, “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking” are all Bobby Keys wailing away!
According to Keith Richards’ autobiography, “Life”, Bobby Keys is Keith Richards’ “my closest pal”. Part of the conflict between Mick and Keith in the 1980s was Mick’s banishment of Bobby Keys as Rolling Stones touring saxophonist. Great to see Keith got him back in the band, because the solos all sound like a record!
Apparently Bobby and Keith were born within hours of each other, and Bobby used to play with Buddy Holly back in Lubbock Texas, where Bobby grew up.
The Rolling Stones made this tour very special by bringing along their guitarist from 1969 to 1975 Mick Taylor. It allowed them to do songs that they otherwise wouldn’t, and even though Mick Taylor only plays a few songs each night of the tour there standouts.
Here Mick and Bobby Keys tear up “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking”. Bloody brilliant!!
The opening of “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” features local choirs. Here’s Mississauga’s Cawthra Park Secondary Chamber Choir, with leader Bob Anderson – another nice touch the Stones added for this tour. What a thrill for these kids!! Matt Clifford on French Horn:
More fun and games:
Curtain Call? Was interesting to watch Mick walk off stage this night in Toronto, as he walked behind the back-line of amps he raised one hand high above his head and gave the ‘theatrical’ twist of the wrist from front to back. A final good bye to a city so closely intertwined with there history? Who knows?
But a great show either way!