For the first time, I go outside Scandinavia to hear the Stones. I was not pleased with what I heard in Oslo, and if this should turn out to be the last tour, I wanted to have a better memory of the Stones on stage. The sound technicans did not have a good day, and 'Monkey Man' was just a wall of noise.
Though, the Stones did a good job, and Keith's two numbers were great. At first I thougth of a weekend in London, but it was easier to get a baby-sitter for the Paris weekend, so we went off to Paris.
Checking out maps, it was easy to find out where Longchamp was, so off we went. Buying tickets outside were no problems, two tickets for 375FF. It was hot, 29 degrees, so we sat in the shadow and waited.
When Bon Jovi started we lined up not too far from the stage, but the sun and heat in the crowd was extreme, so we tried to make it around to the other side, in the shadow of the stage. But the crowd had become to tight, so we ended up beyond and to the right of the soundboard. As a tall Scandinavian, standing on the top of a little slope I overlooked the french and had a pretty good view of the stage and the screen.
At 21:30, just after the sun went down, the Stones entered the stage, and started 'Not Fade Away'. This time, the sound felt good, and the Stones were really making it. This was the Stones I wanted!
Also, in the darkness, the light shows and the fireworks really were great!
The set consisted of 22 songs, 7 of them were new from the Oslo concert. The songs were:
Not Fade Away - Tumbling Dice - You Got Me Rocking - Sparks Will Fly - It's All Over Now - Live With Me - Satisfaction - Angie - Beast of Burden - Like A Rolling Stone - Gimme Shelter - I Go Wild - Miss You - Honky Tonk Women - Connection - Slipping Away - Sympathy For The Devil - Rock And A Hard Place - Street Fighting Man - Start Me Up - Brown Sugar - Jumping Jack Flash (Yes! It's Only Rock and Roll was not played this night!)
There were several highlits: It's All Over Now was execellent. Angie was beatiful, with Ronnie playing the acustic solo. Keith's solo on an excellent Honky Tonk Women was note by note the original. A long really rocking version of Street Fighting Man. Brown Sugar got the punch, and Bobby Keys a great saxofon solo. A really tight and precise version of Jumping Jack Flash ended the show. But the definitive highlight was Gimme Shelter... This was the best version I've ever heard.! A really rocking version with Lisa Fisher as the star of the show for a while, singing the female lines with a brightness and sharpness that went right to the bone. I can't be better than this!
The only thing that went wrong, was Connection. When he announced it, I was really surprised, but the song did not work at all. Keith seemed embarrassed when 70-80000 people cheered aftetr a song he knew went totally wrong. But as he said, they hadn't been doing it for a long time and this just wasn't the day for it! Still it was a good try, and enjoyable to hear that song live.
The show ended at 23:50, and in Paris, they don't set up extra metro departures just because the Stones are in town, so it was a looong walk back to town....
The intention was to go to both shows if the first was great, but this was so great that I didn't need another show. I did not expect a show this good, but they really showed off! I got what I hoped and came for, the Stones at their best! (Where can I get a bootleg of this show ???)
There were rumours of a concert at L'Olympia on Monday 3rd July, and in the Sunday papers it was a note confirming that. 800 tickets were reserved for the crew following them the last year, including their family and friends, while the last 1800 tickets would be sold on a place and time announced by a radio station, rumours saying Virgin Megastore at Champs Elysses.
Since we had flight tickets back the same evening, no radio, and also had to be back in Oslo that evening we did not try for it. In a paper at the railway station I read that 5000 people were outside Virgin Megastore at two o'clock, where the bracelets giving access to the show were sold and put on your wrist. This braceletes could not be removed without being destroyed. A very clever way to avoid black marketing! This show will also be the basis for a live CD from the tour.