Sunday, November 30, 2014

Guest Post: The Stones at Mt Smart ...

And so it was that the rock n roll juggernaut known as the Rolling Stones hit these shores last week. For the final stop on the relatively expansive eight-leg Australia/NZ ‘On Fire’ tour. Friend of everythingsgonegreen, Tony ‘Soul Man’ Murdoch, was at the gig at Auckland’s Mt Smart stadium, along with nearly 40,000 others, and what a vivid picture his words paint for us (tail feathers and all) …

Yeah, it was a wicked nite ... rain kinda threatened but never really entrenched itself. Three towering video screens covering the back of the stage captured every pulse of the bands collective heartbeat ...
Started Up
Jagger the focal point really, flicking his hips 'n pouting his lips to every funky snare drum shimmer from that metronomic master of rhythm Mr Watts, 'n Charlie's partner in crime on thumping/pumping bass guitar, Darryl Jones. Oh yeah … Ronnie 'Faces' Wood resplendent in body hugging red leather jacket, just keeping it all so tight and funky for his mate Keef to take centre stage and carve it all up.

Lisa Fischer on backing vocals was a real highlight ... Soul Sista #1 in the house all nite long, just adding that groove to every song ... a cameo appearance from Mick Taylor on 'Midnight Rambler', an extended blues workout that incorporated part of their famous cover of Muddy Waters 'I'm A Man'.

The NZ National Youth Choir on 'You Can't Always Get What You Want' was another highlight, which I thought was a nice touch from the band, then 'Miss You' turned into an extended disco/funk workout … man, I was in 7th heaven when that happened.

Way too much fun for one night really and yep, I'd do it all again at the shake of a phunky tail feather ...!!!!!

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