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Things were then slowed down by a beautiful version of Memory Motel and a sharp Sweet Virginia. I thought Some Girls was a bit ragged, but sometimes that is what makes a song great. Paint It Black and Saint of Me were great versions tonight. Band intros were made with the usual suspects getting their loud round of well deserved applause and then Keith took the vocals for You Got the Silver and You Don't Have to Mean It.
The band then began to play Out of Control and Mick "magically" appeared on stage thanks to the hydraulic lift. His voice was starting to get hoarse before Keith took vocals so a cup of tea or so probably helped his voice as it was suddenly very strong. The band then took the B stage and Mick joked about "all the bribes going on in Salt Lake and all they were offered was a pizza". They launched into Route 66, Just My Imagination, and Midnight Rambler (the highlight of the show).
When they returned to the main stage, Keith played the familiar intro to Tumbling Dice and again the already loud crowd went wild. It was followed by the usual closers It's Only Rock and Roll, Start Me Up, and Brown Sugar. The usual rock encore happened with Sympathy for the Devil. The show ended at 11:25.
All in all, a very solid show. Nothing spectacular, but no low spots. Mick seems to be recovered from the flu and the band seems strong. Ron Wood seemed unusually subdued tonight, but his playing was great as usual. Fantastic night with a fantastic band.
Start time: 9:25 End time : 11:25
The set list:
If it wasn't for a local radio station, you would not know that the Stones were in town. Nothing in the newspapers, no fans around the downtown five star luxury hotel.
The Delta Center was boiling, a good crowd and a hot show. After 30 seconds of Jumping Jack Flash, it was very clear that Mick was very agressive, and that the show geared was one gear up vs. Denver. Respectable was was more powerful, and You Got Me Rocking came over very well.
Honky Tonk Women adds more power to the first part of the show. Saint of Me was moved to the middle section since it didn't really give the kick at the end of the set. Mick running out halfway to the little stage to keep the song alive, but it just doesn't work in the U.S.
Leah Wood joins Lisa, Bernard and Blondie for backing vocals on You Don't Have To Mean It (she did the same in Denver on "Thief"). The stage is smaller, less depth, and therefore there is no cage. There were also less seats behind the stage.
At the beginning of Route 66 Mick's microphone didn't work. After the song Mick mentioned the Salt Lake City olympic scandal, and said that sobebody probably got a free pizza. Midnight Rambler is very fast and very powerful with Mick running around like hell on the small stage. Due to the speed It's Only Rock'n Roll is 7:30 minutes long. The crowd is singing "I like it" towards the end of IORR.
After a strange finish, the encore lasted for nearly 8 minutes. Tonight Mick worked very hard, was shadow boxing to Keith at the end and moved a lot more than usual to Keith's side - which was understandable as the true fans were on that side. On Ronnie's side the first 15 rows upon the rank was the VIP section. All party time people who paid an extra $145 for exquisite gourmet hor's d'euvres, open bar, preferred parking lot and a VIP gift package in addition to the $250 seats. The majority of them missed half the show, running in and out getting pop corn, beer and getting rid of the beer again. Tne rest of the crowd however was really good. The boys were in really good mood tonight. You could see that they had a lot of fun on stage. Looking forward to seing more No Security shows!
Also, see the review of the show in the The Salt Lake City Tribune newspaper.
Read all about the "No Security" and "Bridges To Babylon" tours of 1999 in the It's Only Rock'n Roll magazines. New issue IORR 35 out Jan 20, 1999.
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