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The Rolling Stones
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, UK
Tuesday August 29, 2006
The set list
Jumping Jack Flash
It's Only Rock'n Roll
Oh No Not You Again
Let's Spend The Night Together
Live With Me
Streets Of Love
Slipping Away (Keith)
Before They Make Me Run (Keith)
Miss You (to B-stage)
Start Me Up
Honky Tonk Women (to main stage)
Sympathy For The Devil
Paint It Black
You Can't Always Get What You Want (encore)
Review by John Williams
Having waited sixteen years for the Stones to return to Cardiff, I was understandably excited with this particular gig in my home city, having already seen them in Berlin,Twickenham and Sheffield and having travelled to St. Petersburg to experience a 'Bigger Bang' only to be denied.
It was a sunny day in Cardiff but surprisingly the retractable roof on the Millennium Stadium was closed. This meant Charlie's little capsule became a convertable for the night. But more importantly, did it affect the sound quality on the night? I haven't been too impressed with Mick's sound in any of the gigs I've attended and this was no exception. His performance, however, was astounding as indeed were that of the rest of the band, although I was disappointed Lisa wasn't let loose again, (oh, how I miss Gimme Shelter). The set list varied with Sway being ommitted, but still remained similar to each of the previous concerts on this tour. The audience were remarkably quiet for the first half, not really waking up until the movement of the stage, which seemed to fire everyone up. I quess the stadium was very nearly full with the touts outside having a struggle to sell what tickets they had. So, all in all, with the brilliant visuals on stage and Micks comical references to Welsh sport,
(Keith 'J.P.R.' Richards and Charlie 'fullback' Watts for example), I hope everyone went away hoping that 'this won't be the last time'.
Review by Kevin Maltby
The Stones came on and went straight into Jumping Jack Flash. The sound took a few songs to get right. Tumbling Dice and Midnight Rambler got people singing and the songs from A Bigger Bang fitted in well with the classics.
For me the best part of the show was when the band moved to the B stage and the crowd really came alive.
By the time they played Start Me Up everyone in Cardiff was on there feet.
Great show, please come back soon.
Review by Sarah Ashcroft
Wow what a show. They never cease to amaze, from the first notes from Keith to them leaving the stage the show was marvelous.
Having seen them now on many ocassions over the last, (well I've lost count of how many years ti's been ) I have to say it was one of the best concerts that I have seen , also judging by what I heard on the radio on Monday night it was streets ahead of Glasgow.
Mick's stamina was something to see at the end of two hours he was still able to run almost the entire lenght and width of the stadium, and still had breath left to sing, how many of us could that ?
Keith also amazes with his ability to overcome what must be at times great pain from arthritic hands.
Hats off to you all, can't wait for the next tour..
Review by Kevin Galliford
I wasn'tt sure wether to get a ticket for the show because of the prices but I decided too because they hardly ever come to Wales & I've loved them for 20 odd years. The show was fantastic, they sounded great, the visuals were stunning & transition for the move to the b-stage really worked & it was good to see a new take on it. I was really suprised how good they were! They really got the crowd going & wiped the floor with the current crop of bands for performance. I saw U2 in the same venue last year & this gig was far better. They pi**ed all over U2 for energy & charisma. I wish they did " Gimme shelter" but you don't get it all!!. If you get a chance to see them , do it!! The crowd loved them & Jagger really went to town to get the joint rocking!!
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