The Rolling Stones ROCK! Despite a nasty cold, I got to the Stade de France early, to wait around on the “golden” pelouse, the grassy area closest to the stage, along with colleagues/friends from the OECD. Frances brought along vodka and straws, and I had cookies and water, and we stood there for hours surrounded by thousands of other people, waiting for the show to begin.
Star-something was the opening act, good talent but not really stellar – why couldn’t the Stones have opened with something more bluesy, more soul? Then, part of the problem is it’s so light out – no flashy light show to help the mood.
But Mick and the boys jumped into it with Start Me Up, and it was high energy. Newer songs – Rough Justice, She Was Hot – and jams throughout the first set up to the intro’s, then the golden oldies. Waiting on a Friend was mellow, surprising, and Sympathy for the Devil was HOT (pun intended). Satisfaction and Brown Sugar rocked, and the Brown Sugar video was sexy-soft on the eyes.
But don’t take my word for it – check out the blogs at http://www.iorr.org/tour05/paris2.htm
And hey, for you fans of Pirates of the Caribbean and Captain Jack Sparrow, Keith Richards is indeed a hoot! I knew Johnny Depp had modeled his role on Keith, but didn't realise how incredibly well done it is indeed. Whenever Keith Richards was spotlighted on stage, it was a giggle to be getting flashbacks of Pirates! And when I watched YouTubes of Keith from the 70s, Cap'n Jack and Keith are twins, NOT son and father.
A better reference for those who don't care for Pirates is the YouTube of Mick Jagger and Dick Cavett's interview from 1972, when Dick asks Mick, "So how long can you keep this up, do you think you'll still be touring when you're 60 years old?" Mick: "I don't see why not!"
Me either, Mick.
Shows coming up in Paris, not to miss!
22 June - George Michael, Stade de France
23 June – Lou Reed “Berlin”, Palais des Congres de Paris
28 June - Hommage à Serge Gainsbourg: with Marianne Faithfull, Jean-Louis Aubert, Jane Brikin, Carla Bruni, at the Salle Pleyel
30 June – Genesis, Parc des Princes
30 June – Gay Pride, street theatre at its most fun!