Seeing the Rolling Stones at Hyde Park last week was like a dream come true.
I just thought I wouldn’t manage to see them. But I did, and in London! It felt magic. Pleased to meet you.
The gig was the anniversary of their 1969 tribute gig to the late Brian Jones, who had died only a couple of days before, and of the last gigs of their 50th anniversary tour. 50 years on the road! I remember seeing some documentaries where Mick didn’t even give the band many more years and some interviews from the late 70’s or early 80’s, where Mick was asked how long he was going to be doing this for now that he was approaching 40. Well, it’s their 50th anniversary tour, ladies and gents!
OK. So, many people might say that they will not really be as good as before, or even, that they don’t sound well. They did sound well. Granted that their impact might’ve even been more powerful in a closed venue. But, even so you could hear right the opposite feedback from attendees, ie, their songs sounded well, that they were still powerful, etc. I think it’s even more significant when you hear that coming from the hipsters there, who were probably more interested in The Temper Trap (who were just all right).
This was the setlist for that day:
The band has evolved from those early years, and so their repertoire is vast, as it is the amount of artists they have worked with. At the gig, they had Mick Taylor (where was Bill Wyman???) playing Midnight Rambler. Lisa Fischer as the backing vocals for Gimme Shelter and Tumbling Dice was magic. I can’t even find the right words to describe it. I’d heard Florence Welch ruining Gimme Shelter before, and I was glad I didn’t have to pay to see that. So, my expectations were exceeded.
Oh, and Gary Clark Jr and The Boxer Rebellion are people to watch too, especially Gary Clark Jr, who also played with the Stones during their set.
There was a big pitfall in my opinion. Brian Jones should’ve been mentioned more. Without him, this band would’ve never existed and was a great influence during their first 10 years. I think they must be a bit fed up with everything related to that time in their history. Egos might play a role in this all this too.
These days, when there are so many great rock’n’roll bands, they have managed to retain and develop an enormous amount of prestige over the years and across all generations, which is in itself a great achievement. Some of the credit needs to go to their marketing team. They continue to embrace and experiment with the latest tactics and channels and their managing to reach audiences that otherwise would consider them museum pieces. You just have to see their website (still room for improvment there) and individual profiles.
I didn’t manage to get a decent video during the gig. So, hopefully the following video will give you an idea of what I experienced.
Ladies and gentlemen, the Rolling Stones.
Thanks for reading my post. If you were there or have seen the Stones before, what did you like the most?