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The Rolling Stones
LICKS of North America - Memories
Tuesday Sept. 3, 2002 - Saturday Feb. 8, 2003
These are the memories from fans, shows, songs and events
during the shows in USA and Canada Sept. 2002 - Feb. 2003.
For reviews and set lists of each and every of the 50 shows played so far
during the Rolling Stones LICKS world tour in North America see the
2002 tour pages. To follow the Stones
LICKS tour through the world see the
2003 tour pages.
The Rolling Stones in
San Diego, CA, Thursday Nov. 14, 2002.
Thanks to Harold Colson for the great photo!
Little Paul Body:
Wow. Seems like it was just yesterday when the North American part of
the tour opened.
fall gave way to Winter and now the Old Men are on their way the other
part of world. Since I didn't see all of the shows, all I can say that
the ones that I did see were special: Anaheim because it was the best
out door show that I had ever seen, they were kicking it that night,
choogling like an off scheduled train. Ahhhhh, San Diego, in '98 I saw
them through the rain and the wind and they were great, but this
November in doors they rocked hard in funky place. They rocked so damn
hard that night that I forgot to bounce over to the Krespy Kreme place
next to the venue to get my fix. The Old Men were food enough. I have a
special place in my heart for San Jose, I just dig the name. The show
this time was real hot, that night they were hitting that
note........smiles all around. That night they did the best version of
"Can't You Hear Me Knocking" that I had heard until......Boss Angeles,
maybe everyone was paying too much attention to the movie stars, I
wasn't, I see them all the time but the Stones only come around now and
then, so that night my focus was on them, I stood and moved and grooved
for the whole show because I have to give them their props because they
might be the last band around that was influenced by the old masters.
You can still hear it because Charlie swings, baby. You know, I miss
them already. Would love to see them in Paris. So all of who saw them we
should be glad, maybe they didn't play our fave songs but that's all
right. So to the Jag, Keef, Charlie My darling, Ronnie B. Goode, Chuck
L., Bobby Keys, Darryl, Lisa "Fine as Wine" Fisher and the mighty horn
section.........merci beaucoup a million times, cats and kitten, it was
a wild ass ride. To the fans: We had a ball didn't we? Oh yes, thanks
to IORR, also.
Stay rocking and I will 4ever be.....Mean, Moody and Magnificent
My main motivation for writing
reviews is that it is a way of keeping in touch with people I know who are
Stones fans. After the Comiskey Park show last September, an old friend who
moved to New Mexico about 10 years ago called me and said, "Why didn't you
write about Comiskey?". We used to talk only on the day when new albums
were released starting with Voodoo Lounge, but lost touch. Now I'm back in
contact with him.
When I got home from OK City, there was a message on my machine from a
friend I went to university with because he said he went to the MSG show,
heard about a good site that has Stones info and then saw my name under
reviews. I have not talked with this guy since 1983!! That 19 years is a
record, but I just want you to see -- even more than the power of the
Stones -- the power and meaning of the IORR website that makes things happen.
Brian Stones Countie:
The Tour Started Here In Massachussetts On Fire With The Exile On Main St Album Theme On Sept 5. It Was Great to Hear
Songs Like Loving Cup Rocks Off Rip This Joint. It Was Just A Great Opening Night. I Feel They Should Close The Tour Hear In
Boston In September Where It All Began!!!!!!!!!!! Stones Still The Greatest Band In The World.
I am so glad that these guys are still playing rock and roll after all this time. The Licks tour brought my third and fourth stones
shows for my lifetime. I am 24 yrs of age and am thankful to have witnessed the greatest Rock and Roll band of all time.
I attended both a stadium show and an arena show on the Licks tour. I only can hope that I will witness a club/theater show in
the future. I envy all of you that have seen them in that environment along with the obscure set lists. I saw the Atlanta and
Nashville shows and I will provide a highlight from both. In Atlanta the highlights for me was the absolutely loose jam on what
seemed to be an eleven minute Midnight Rambler and Mick singing the original "high" melody line on Angie just like on Goats
Head Soup. He usually refrains from singing the high range portion to this song but belted it out that night. From the Nashville
show the highlight for me was hearing Keith perform The Worst and also hearing a four song set from "Exile" highlighted by
Sweet Virginia. Hopefully the Stones will come back to the south soon. Thanks to IORR for all the detailed coverage. It is
without a doubt the authority Stones website. Cheers!
Chip Dayton,New York:
I've just enjoyed four Licks shows,the
1/16 HBO warmup my most recent. Many,many highlights of all. That was my
seventeenth Stones show, but I thought I'd go back to review my 1st
show here, which was in July of 1966 at Forest Hills in Queens, N.Y. The
made a grand entrance arriving by helicopter just behind the stage. They
rushed on in a frenzy and to my complete surprise you could HEAR them
the screams. (I never heard a note at two Beatles shows before). Jagger
jacket with a pattern of a tree up the back, totally unique then. I think
Brian played his Firebird the whole show, not sure with Keith, but
no constant guitar changes like today. Wyman stayed to the side, never
moving. The featured album was their new one "Aftermath". Standout songs
included "Paint it Black","Under my Thumb" and my favorite of the
night;"Stupid Girl". "Satisfaction" had been the THE hit from the summer
before and the song that "brought the house down". Although I had a great
time, never in my wildest imagination did I think the Stones would be the
biggest interest in my life 37 years later.
It was always the other guy who got the pick or Charlie's stick, but that was cool to see
how excited people were when they came up with it. In '89 the guy next to me shed a few
tears when he got Charlie's stick, what a true fan!
On a cold, lucky Tuesday in Chicago on the 21st of January a show that will go to my grave
with me. The day before the show I struck a deal with a scalper and treated myself and my
wife to 3rd row in front of Ronnie. Since it was the first show after the HBO gig, the
boys were loose, joking around and having a blast. Mick tossed his water bottle and the
chick in front of me was laughing at me because my shirt was dotted with water. After
Gimme Shelter, Keith was center stage and tossed his pick which sailed directly toward my
wife. She dove into the row behind us and after a scuffle came up with Keith's pick! I
just kept yelling NO WAY, NO WAY! I couldn't believe we were going home with a pick Keith
used on his big black Gibson to give us a wicked Gimme Shelter. I would have been totally
satisfied with getting wet and going home with the prize pick my wife got. But wait, after
the encore, JJF, I was waving my arms at Charlie and he threw his stick right toward me.
My wife ducked or it would have nailed her in the head. It was my turn to go diving in the
row behind and I came up with the stick. The tip is 1/3 broken off, cracked in one place,
and notches, nicks and basically beat to hell. Charlie your the best! Stones Forever, I
Love You Guys, Don't Stop and thanks for the Chills down my spine whenever I tell this
dream come true!
My love and devotion to The Stones for over 30 went up yet another level,
almost felt like I was in the movie Groundhog Day, wake up another Stones
show! Oh Yeah, one of my top 3 things to do in life!!! Fortunate enough to
catch the Palais Royale show, dead center 4' from the stage so I could watch
Charlie, but Mick kept on getting the way, no problem! "Heart of Stone",
"Can't Turn You Lose", "Hot Stuff" and of course one of my all time fav
stones tunes "Can't You Hear Me Knocking". So what if it was hot!
A kind of shaky ACC show pulled out some gems "Manish Boy" and "Thru &
Thru". The hits laden Sky dome Show was excellent, the band was in fine
No better way to started 2003 of by going to Montreal to help me start
celebrating my 25th anniversary of first seeing The Stones (Buffalo July 4,
1978). Ronny was amazing, his playing has never been better and they did
Thank you for great new memories!
As a veteran of the Stones stadium shows since '78, the opportunity to see them at Staples
Center in Los Angeles - on my Halloween birthday no less! - was incredible. It was the
best Stones show I have ever seen. If I had to pick a particularly memorable moment, was
hearing them absolutely NAIL CYHMK? but the show was fabulous from start to finish!
Here's wishing the Boys a great European/Asian tour, and please make it State-side again
It took me almost five months, but I finally completed my personal Stones tri-fecta.
Club/Arena/Stadium. Though not quite in that order, The Aragon Ballroom in Chicago (Club), Ford Field
in Detroit (Stadium), and HP Pavillion in San Jose (Arena).
I can only say this: I haven't missed a North American tour since 1981, and this is the best yet. In
three shows I saw a total of (61) songs. (39) DIFFERENT Songs! (3) DIFFERENT Openers! (3)DIFFERENT
Encores! (4) DIFFERENT Keith Songs! (1) Special Guest - BONO! And tons of new memories.
Get ready World, save your money and your energy, start working out now, because here they come and
you don't want to miss it.
The Rolling Stones not only epitomize rock and roll but they are the catharsis for evoking a modern
cathedral where thousands may come together for a few hours and rejoice in a common spirit. I go to
their concerts because no matter what is happening in my life, I know that I can reach a higher
emotional state that doesn't leave me for several days. The ticket purchasing experience, lining
up to get in, buying souvenirs, waiting with anticipation, the explosion of emotions when they come on
stage, the 2 hour concert that rushes by in a blur, and then coming down in the hotel afterwards are
all tokens of my existence that I treasure for months and years afterward.
The first stadium show in Boston was a special high because I had seen the last stadium show in
Cologne in 1999. I was not to be disappointed. They played their hearts out for probably the longest
show of the tour to date. It was our first view of the stage (who can forget the corn?) and it was
cleaner than any stage since 1981-82. The backup singers didn't appear until the fifth song (haven't
we been asking for this?) and the entire focus was just on the four members of the Rolling Stones. I
was amazed by the music and the experience.
My next Licks show was the first of 2003 in Montreal. I still cannot believe what I saw. It was an
incredible fury of sound and vision that went over us like a hurricane. How can men at their age do
this? I'm amazed by their youthful exuberance. The sound system was also noteworthy as from my
vantage point, the guitars were absolutely the loudest I have ever heard at a concert! I have wanted
to see and hear such a show forever and I was rewarded by something very special.
We are going to Tokyo with the Fan Club package in March. Then we will see another stadium show in
Copenhagen, a theatre show in Stockholm, and then wrap up with an arena show in Rotterdam. What a
year ahead! If they keep up the energy of the Licks tour in 2002-03 to date, we are in for a year to
remember! Of course, going to the temple of the Rolling Stones will always be memorable but when they
make it as exciting as they have on this tour, how can you lose?
Tom Rathbun - Alpharetta, GA:
What a wonderful year for Rolling Stones fans in North America, young and old. The kids
got to see the greatest rock and roll band in the world perform at, arguably, their best.
The weathered fans got the re-affirmation they needed to support their allegiance (as well
as some gems in the setlist).
In the end, those who criticized whether or not the aging Stones still had it, were humbled
by the amount of energy the band had, the conviction by which the songs were delivered and
the unanimous critical acclaim by the press.
They are still the Greatest Rock and Roll Band in the World.
Well, I was lucky enough to catch six shows....and so many great memories. Incredible to hit the trifecta to open the tour with all three
Boston shows. WOW.... I had great seats for all three, capped off by 7th row center on the floor at Orpheum. My friend and I now boast
that we had better seats than Presidential candidate John Kerry. The Massachusetts Senator was one row behind us and over to the left..ha,
ha. And we got out tickets from the Stones fan club...what a deal. Just the atmosphere all that week in Boston was great. The shows were
all so different and made that much better because it was the tour kickoff...Truly a surprise around every corner...Arena, stadium,
theatre....who else could do it but the Stones?...Talked to Don Was on the street around the corner from the hotel...great conversation about
the Stones recent albums and other stuff... Joined by Leah Wood for a brief moment as she said goodbye to Don before heading home to
England... Got Charlie's autograph at Gillette Stadium before the show...He and his wife came out on the field before the opening act just to
look at the stage!!!... Saw the Stones leave the Four Seasons, hung out with other crazy fans, listened to rehearsal in the street near the back
alley at the Orpheum...on my birthday no less. Caught Buddy Guy's broken guitar string as he threw it into the crowd at the Orpheum show
during his warm-up set. ..Stood in the rain just a few hours before the September MSG show to get great floor seats from the box office
and was right on the edge of the b-stage getting great photos all night... Almost identical seats at Cleveland and Montreal... Nearly 20 rolls
of film shot and so many great photos from the tour. Got to spend so much time with friends and family at the shows...My uncle and cousin
after the Cleveland show..My uncle in his multi-tongue button down shirt and Stones beret....a priceless photo... the electric atmosphere in
each city...the excitement inside each venue... the anticipation for the Stones to come on stage...the great music selections played during the
intermission between the warm-up act and the Stones...Trying to see the setlist written out on Charlie's plexiglass...Hearing so many great
songs...Some for the first time LIVE!!! ... All the souvenirs I paid too much for...but getting every ticket at face value in great
locations....the free confetti from the end of each show... The drive to Montreal with my buddy who is as big of a Stones fan as me...the
great conversations about songs...shows...the band ... A LOT OF LAUGHS....Good opening bands... Buddy Guy, Pretenders (w/ John
McEnroe at MSG), Elvis Costello, Les Respectables... Watching the MSG HBO show at that buddy's house as he and his band played a
great Stones setlist in the living room before the show... Wanting to see every show... Waiting for the next one...Hoping for more
tours...Wishing money and travel was no object... Always looking for that next Stones fix......Keith's riffs...and joy...Mick's harmonica....and
fire...Charlie's beats...Charlie being Charlie...Ronnie hitting a home run on Can't You Hear Me Knocking...The way the band swings on a
good night...That hot sweaty night at the Orpheum...That setlist.... That intensity...Midnight Rambler at Gillette and Cleveland...Thru and
Thru (world premiere) at MSG in September... Goosebumps every show...I could go on and on...
Seen every U.S. tour since NY in 1964, but never the way I saw them in Los Angeles, Halloween 2002.... 4th row just off to the
side.....I felt like they were in my living room. .. I threw a kiss at Keith and he looked me right in the eye, and touched his heart. Not a day
has gone by that memories of this amazing show don't linger...and by the way Mick has never been in better voice, his singing only
improves with age.
I GOT SOME SATISFACTION...GETTING TO SEE THE STONES 7 TIMES ON THE US TOUR..ONE OF MY FAVORITE MOMENTS IS WHEN I HAD
FRONT ROW BY THE SECOND STAGE IN NASHVILLE..MICK & THE BOYS CAME OUT ..I WAS 6 FEET FROM MICK,,AND HE JUST
ROCKED..IT WAS THE CLOSEST I HAVE EVER BEEN TO THE BOYS..IN OKLAHOMA I HAD 8th ROW BY THE CATWALK & GOT HIGH FIVES
FROM MICK,,KEITH & RONNIE..OF COURSE CHARLIE JUST WALKED BY WITH A BIG SMILE ON HIS FACE..THANKS YOU TO THE GREATES
ROCKnROLL BAND IN THE WORLD..HOPE TO SEE THEM BACK IN THE GOOD OLE US OF A,,,THIS COMING