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Review - The Rolling Stones

Rock legends - The Rolling Stones


OK, so they're not gigging in the county but Paul Furley from Stroud travelled to Twickenham to see ageing rockers, the Rolling Stones.

Here's what he thought of the rock legends...

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The last time I trooped east on the trip to Twickenham it was to end in disappointment with Gloucester being stuffed in the Zurich Championship final by Wasps. But no such danger this time.

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Jumpin' Jack Flash and the lads still manage to deliver the goods, despite their advancing years.

In fact they have been accused of being old and wrinkly for as long as I can remember and generally do not look much worse than they did ten years ago.

Certain members of the band have probably learnt to look after themselves a little bit better as well.

quoteThe show opened up with Brown Sugar, blasted through You Got Me Rocking and without pause moved into one of the newer numbers on the Forty Licks album Don't Stop.
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Paul Furley

The quiz question to come out of this gig will be "who were the first band to play a concert at Twickenham?" And the answer from smart Alecs will be Starsailor who supported the Stones.

The Belfast boys did their thing for an hour, played with guts and no little effort, but were not really appreciated by an half interested and half full stadium.

The unfortunate reality for so many support acts seems to be that they perform solely to make sure the audience really appreciate the main attraction.

But for Jagger and co. there was no such requirement for any conversions at the home of English Rugby.

They were simply very much at home just around the corner from the Richmond Athletic Ground - one of the venues they played while making their way over 40 years ago.

A good start

The show opened with Brown Sugar, blasted through You Got Me Rocking and without pause moved into one of the newer numbers on the Forty Licks album Don't Stop.

By then Jagger had covered every inch of the stage, waving and gesturing maniacally as he went, and the whole crowd were under his spell.

His voice showed no signs of the illness which had forced Saturday's postponement, but there were flaws; lyrics missed due to breathlessness, or the microphone not picking up the words above the music. Or was it the 50,000 strong crowd clapping too loudly that drowned certain moments out?

Keith Richards
Can anyone understand Keith Richards?

Keith Richards having been introduced by Jagger, along with the rest of the band, had the same problem during Slipping Away and in particular Happy.

But then 'Keef's' words of wisdom when just speaking were incomprehensible. Perhaps translations could have been put on the huge screen which loomed large over the stage.

His guitar playing though, along with Charlie Watts' drumming was sublime and still a pleasure to witness.

Ronnie Wood, at 55 still the new kid on the block, provided the enthusiasm of a 12-year-old.

Time flys

Two hours flew by like 20 minutes, and all the classic riffs were in there - Honky Tonk Women, Start Me Up, Sympathy for the Devil, a haunting rendition of Gimme Shelter, Satisfaction, To Close and as an encore Jumpin' Jack Flash.

My only grumble - not enough from the early and mid 60s - Satisfaction and Paint it Black stood alone in this prolific part of their history.

Evidence and memory that this was the band that created Cheltenham's own late Brian Jones was minimal, instead there was much from the Beggars Banquet and Exile on Main Street albums.

quoteThe Stones are legends, they are still very much alive and I have now witnessed a part of rock and roll history (and bought the mandatory t-shirt), my only wish is to have been born 30 years earlier.
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Paul Furley

Great if you like that sort of thing and I do, the only problem is that they could have played for twice as long and you would still go home thinking "that was brilliant, but if only they had played this…or that..."

The Stones are legends, they are still very much alive and I have now witnessed a part of rock and roll history (and bought the mandatory t-shirt), my only wish is to have been born 30 years earlier.

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The Rolling Stones tour dates
Date City Venue
August 27 London Astoria
August 29 London Wembley
September 1 Glasgow SECC
September 3 Glasgow SECC
September 5 Manchester Evening News Arena
September 9 Dublin The Point
September 11 Dublin The Point
September 14 London Wembley
September 15 London Wembley

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