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The Beatles/Rolling Stones Rivalry Continues (Sort Of) At Glastonbury

This was the first Rolling Stones concert that I’ve been to on the “50 and Counting” tour of 2013. I saw the Stones do their “50 and Counting” concert in Newark, N.J., on Dec. 13, 2012. (Click here for my review of that show.) By comparison, the concert in Philadelphia showed a musically tighter band, which isn’t surprising, considering the Stones have been doing several concerts leading up to the one in Philadelphia. However, the audience in Newark was a little louder in their cheers and more likely to sing along than the one in Philadelphia.Mick Jagger, Ronnie Wood and Keith Richards at the Rolling Stones’ concert in Philadelphia, on June 18, 2013Mick Jagger, Ronnie Wood and Keith Richards at the Rolling Stones’ concert in Philadelphia, on June 18, 2013Photo credit: Carla HayAEG Live is the promoter of the Rolling Stones’ 2013 tour, which features former Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor as a guest on all the tour dates. The tour has been named “50 and Counting” as a celebration of the Rolling Stones’ 50th anniversary.
If you’re a Stones fan who’s been reading reviews of the “50 and Counting” shows, then I won’t rehash and repeat what many of the the reviewers are saying, which usually has some variation of “Gee, the Rolling Stones can still rock at their age” comments throughout the reviews.If you’re a Rolling Stones fan, then of course you already know that the Rolling Stones can still rock and that lead singer Mick Jagger is still a whirling dervish of energy who can whip a crowd into an adoring frenzy. You already know that the band is going to do songs like “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” “Gimme Shelter” (featuring an outstanding solo from backup singer Lisa Fischer), “Start Me Up,” “Brown Sugar,” “Sympathy for the Devil” and “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.” And you know that audience-shot footage of the show is going to end up on the Internet, so you can get an idea of what this concert was like.So here are the things I’ll talk about that were unique about the Philadelphia show.

Brad Paisley Joins the Rolling Stones to Sing

As they have for this entire tour they opened with “Get Off Of My Cloud,” Mick strutting the lip-adorned stage in a metallic jacket. Are we sure this guy has aged at all since he strutted around the stage in an Uncle Sam hat in 1969? In football pants and kneepads in 1981?From that point on it was one classic hit after another, until they performed their two new songs, and that was when it was clear, these guys are good, and their fans love them. Instead of using “Doom and Gloom” and “One Shot” as bathroom breaks or beer runs, the crowd stayed put. No one ever likes a band’s new stuff. They liked it tonight.As they have throughout this tour, the band had a couple of guests. Brad Paisley joined them for “Dead Flowers.” Keith and his Telecaster stood back and watched Brad and his Telecaster share the front of the stage with Mick. The song and the guest were a great mix. Was it really a coincidence that “Dead Flowers” was the fan’s request for the night in the band’s online poll?The other guest was former Stones guitarist Mick Taylor. He has joined them throughout the tour on “Midnight Rambler” and “Satisfaction.” Mick’s departure from the band in 1974 was odd.
There was talk then that he never felt like he fit in. He fit in tonight. His back and forth with Mick Jagger’s harmonica ranged from intimate to searing. In Newark, Taylor seemed like a visitor, in Philadelphia he stood in a row alongside Ronnie (his successor) and Keith and the three played like they had been doing it together for a lifetime.From start to finish, Mick Jagger paraded, swaggered, sashayed, pranced (get the thesaurus, he did all of those things). He made faces that can only be described as Jaggeresque. Somehow he still manages the falsetto in “Emotional Rescue,” the “ooooh ooooh oooooooh ooh oooooooh” in “Miss You” and the tender tones of “Wild Horses.” For some fans his one misstep was thanking Mayor Nutter for his hospitality, which led to the only boos of the night.Philadelphia’s Crossing Choir joined the band for “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” I think they were having as much fun as the fans.It all ended with “Satisfaction.”31 years after I heard them first perform it, 48 years after they recorded it, I fear it may be the last time I ever hear it live, although, as they have shown through 50 and Counting they aren’t slowing down, they’re somehow getting better.