It's Only Rock'n Roll
Start time: 21:30 End time : 24:00
The set list:
Driving down from Warsaw to Chorzˇw on the very day one simply felt being in a sea of Stones-fans. Local police in Katowice had asked people to put white papers behind the front-window so they could direct the hundreds of cars and busses to free parking lots. Radio Zet - one of the sponsors - dedicated the whole day to the Stones. Mick and Keith told us to "stay tune to Radio Zet". Ten minutes before the concert actually started all people seated started the "Mexican wave" and the thousands standing on the ground greeted in return. A big banner wrote: "Waiting on a friend 1967-1998". Yes, 31 long years of waiting was about to be over for Poland.
The guy next to me close to the stage said "I think I can see Keith". And yes, indeed: The greatest show on mother earth took off. Apparently for some with a few sound difficulties in the beginning, but for me with a greater sound than within the concrete walls of the Copenhagen-Parken, where I watched the Stones twice before in the 90┤s. Mick greeted the fans in Polish, and indeed talked a lot of almost perfect Polish during the whole concert. I have never heard him saying so much in Danish or Swedish at the Scandinavian concerts I have been to during the last decades. And I have never witnessed a more happier Keith when he beat his fist to his heart and told us what a great audience we were and what a good day it was for him. I decline to pick out highlights, because the whole concert was brilliant.
Ronnie was fighting a flu, but I think he forgot about it quickly. Thousands of lights from the audience during several numbers, dancing and singing along. Three generations of Poles. Lots of cheering from the young generations for the five tracks from Bridges to Babylon ( for which the Stones were given a gold record before the show ). Lots of kisses from Mick and an extra bow from Mick and Charlie before the final curtain and the fireworks.
Driving back to Warsaw in the night Polish state radio program 3 was completely dedicated to Rolling Stones for seven hours. People who attented the concert and travelling home were asked to call on their mobiles to tell about the concert. All gas-stations and fast-food bars on the highway to Warsaw were filled with cars and buses carrying the tired but satisfied fans home. This was an event that started long before the concert and never really seemed to stop in the nice bright and cool Polish night. Being from Denmark I have to thank all Polish Stones-fans and my Polish family for making it possible for me to attend a Stones-concert second to none compared with the ones in Copenhagen. Yes, we were all Out of Control. We┤re still singing along to Saint of Me and licking the toes and knees of our love ones like Mick did to Lisa.
It's Only Rock'n Roll 1998 -
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