There’s no doubt about it, The Rolling Stones is one of the greatest rock bands to have ever existed. As someone from my generation, it was honor to see them as I thought I’d never get to see them. It would’ve been nice to see them in their prime in the 70’s and 80’s but since I was nowhere near born or even old enough to know who they were, I had to see them as they are now in their late 60’s. Here’s my review for the opening night of their 50 & Counting tour at the legendary Staples Center in Los Angeles.
The Whole night the crowed was on their feet. They were cheering on The Rolling Stones. There was no supporting act so they got right to it. The first big surprise of the night was that the UCLA Bruins marching band came out and did a cover of The Rolling Stones’ (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction which I thought was really neat. Once that was over, The Rolling Stones came on and opened with “Get Off of My Cloud”. The whole night they played greatest hits such as “Paint It Black”, “Gimme Shelter”, “Brown Sugar”, “Sympathy for the Devil”, and their most popular hit, “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”. Seeing as how they’re of age, they weren’t moving around much except for frontman Mick Jagger that was walking around and dancing showing off his “moves like Jagger”. Other surprises for the night included Gwen Stefani coming out singing along to “Wild Horses, country singer Keith Urban playing/singing along to “Respectable”, and former guitarist Mick Taylor playing along to “Midnight Rambler”. Shows like this are meant to have fun and not get all wild and crazy. I liked their stage set-up. It was their band logo of a huge pair of red lips and a huge tongue sticking out that made a tongue pit for the floor. I think anyone that would’ve wanted to go or did go will tell you one thing that really killed the mood were the ticket prices. Prices were outrages. The last time I paid that much for a ticket was when I saw Roger Waters of Pink Floyd play all of “The Wall”. When I first considered going, all that was left were the super expensive tickets and I had lost hope of getting a chance to see them. Then they announced that they had changed the date to the day after due to the NBA playoffs and I think a good number of people asked for a refund because a lot of tickets suddenly became available. I was happy with the cheapest tickets they offered but still cringed at the price. The only reason i gave in to the price was because I figured this could be the one and only time I get to see them so I gave in. Anyone that enjoys classic should definitely check out The Rolling Stones. They may be old, but they’re still rockin’ the stage. It’s Only Rock and Roll, but I Like It!