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THE ROLLING STONES PERTH 29 OCTOBER 2014 LIVE REVIEW

THE ROLLING STONES PERTH 29 OCTOBER 2014 LIVE REVIEW

THE ROLLING STONES

PERTH ARENA, PERTH WA

OCTOBER 29 2014

Start Me Up | Get Off of My Cloud | It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (But I Like It) | Tumbling Dice | Worried About You | Doom and Gloom | Bitch | (by request) Out of Control | Honky Tonk Women | You Got the Silver (Keith Richards on lead vocals) | Can't Be Seen (Keith Richards on lead vocals) | Midnight Rambler (with Mick Taylor) | Miss You | Gimme Shelter | Jumpin' Jack Flash | Sympathy for the Devil | Brown Sugar


Encore: You Can't Always Get What You Want | (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction

Despite the nose-bleed inducing price of tickets tonight, Perth Arena is packed for the Rolling Stones first date in the West in far too long: but  some prices are worth paying and let’s face it there may not be that many changes to see these motley crew of septuagenarians again.  


On a night bursting with expectation, perhaps best of all is that The Stones are not quite the polished Arena warriors some may have expected, and it’s that slightly frayed, ramshackle nature at some points in the evening that are all part of the enduring charm of the band.


Starting with the grind of the evergreen ‘Start Me Up’ it’s just the beginning of over two hours of real rock and roll that seems to delight young and old. Finally ‘14 on Fire’ is here, and it’s all you wanted it to be.

Jagger looks good tonight too, despite the outward signs of age, the stage wear and stamina of the man are those of a rocker half his age. Working the crowd like you hoped he would Jagger never stops and whilst Watts, Wood and Richards are entirely more subdued it’s the man with the microphone prowling the tongue-shaped runway that is the centre of attention.


After a quick-fire romp through ‘Get Off of My Cloud’; ‘It's Only Rock 'n' Roll’; and ‘Tumbling Dice’ it’s only the lesser-known ballad ‘Worried About You’ from the 1981 Tattoo You album that seems a little off-kilter so early in the set. But as Jagger plucks away on guitar for ‘Doom and Gloom’ it’s back to the no-nonsense rock and roll as Wood and Richards share the limelight for a while.

Of all the highlights of the night it’s ‘Bitch’ from 1971’s ‘Sticky Fingers’ (voted for on the Stones website) that really packs the biggest punch  for many, rolling along on that sax and those oh so perfect backing vocals from Lisa Fischer and Bernard Fowler: you couldn’t want for more. Almost inevitably ‘Back to Babylon’s ‘Out of Control’ pales by comparison before the euphoria of ‘Honky Tonk Women’ and a brace of Richards crooned numbers – the oh so cool  ‘You Got the Silver’; always one of my favourite Stones songs and ‘Can't Be Seen’ light things up again.


The night’s other great highlight for some came next as Mick Taylor (Wood’s predecessor) joined the band for a fine version of ‘Midnight Rambler’. And as if things couldn’t get better the main set closed out with my two all-time Stones classics ‘Gimme Shelter’ (notable for a stellar vocal from Fischer – thrust right into the limelight) and ‘Sympathy for the Devil’ thrust between the gusto of  crowd-pleasers ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash’ and ‘Brown Sugar’.   It’s a great finale.

The encore of course is just as good and twice as grand with not one but two choirs’ joining the band on stage for ‘You Can't Always Get What You Want’. But of course it’s ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’ we want: the song that really started it for the band all those decades ago, and to hear it is such sweet sorrow knowing that not only has the Arena now been graced by the biggest band it has ever seen, but that we have witnessed living legends we may never see again.  


Saturday night in Perth will have to be amazing to beat this. I’ve seen the Stones now twice, three decades apart and they still kick ass…

 

 

 

by Mark Rockpit October 2014

 

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